5th Edition Introduction:
by Kerry Thornley, Discordian Society Co-founder
If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe.
Most disorganized of all religions, Discordianism alone understands that organization is the work of the Devil.
Holy Chaos is the Natural Condition of Reality, contrary to popular belief.
Theologians cite Order in the Universe as proof of a Supreme Intelligence, but a glance is enough to see that the stars are not actually in neat little rows.
(Oh, sure, there is the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper – but if they were really connect-the-dot drawings there would be numbers next to the stars.)
Theology is just a debate over who to frame for creating reality.
What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.
Every few thousand years some shepherd inhales smoke from a burning bush and has a vision or eats moldy rye bread in a cave and sees God.
From then on their followers kill one another at the slightest provocation.
Haunted houses called temples are built by one side and torn down by another – and then bloody quarrels continue over the crumbling foundations.