Just finished reading weird "Principia Discordia" lent to me by a discordian colleague from work - a slightly excentric fellow - he just got teargassed by police today!
Principia Discordia is the holy scripture of the Discordians. I can't quite figure out whether it's a religion or a happening. Perhaps it's both.
Most of the Principia is jibberish, but then there's a couple of interesting ideas in there to. Take for instance the Curse of Greyface.
The Curse of Greyface refers to, what discordians believe to be, a mythic transformation of society in which order/disorder replaced creative/destructive as the primary positive/negative polarity. This curse has created a society in which man tolerates destructive order, and frowns at creative disorder.
To choose order over disorder, or disorder over order, is to accept a trip composed of both the creative and the destructive. But to choose the creative over the destructive is an all-creative trip composed of both order and disorder. To accomplish this, one need only accept creative disorder along with, and equal to, creative order, and also willing to reject destructive order as an undesirable equal to destructive disorder. - The Curse of Greyface and the introduction of Negativism
It resonates perfectly with my blog motto "work & play creatively". The Principia Discordia is creative disorder taken to the extreme. And as such quite an amazing read.
Most of it was useless, but in the Curse of Greyface I found a wonderful concept. A beautiful mythic way to describe a grave threat to creativity and well-being that I encounter everywhere, especially in the workspace.
Now, anytime I feel the urge to be less noticeable, be more like the conformity crowd, I will recognize the influence of the curse, and counter it. Begone Curse of Greyface! :-)
- Jens Poder