Illuminatus Discordia

200px-Sacred-Chao.svgThe following is an anthology (in abridged form; the full article is available here). The text herein has been culled from the public domain and synthesized into this compendium of chaos, magic & anarchy.

Nothing so conclusively proves the radical difference between our human and animal nature, as the capacity of the human mind to entertain speculations in regard to itself.

This is the self-referencing perceptive state known as Consciousness.

Beliefs are tools for creating desired effects. To fully realize this is to face a terrible freedom in which Nothing is True and Everything is Permitted, which is to say that everything is possible, there are no certainties, and the consequences can be ghastly. The purpose of finding meaning in Life is to create beliefs by acting as though such beliefs were true; you Fake it till you Make it, to obtain the power that a belief can provide. Afterwards, if you have any sense, you will laugh it off. Laughter seems to be the only defence against the realisation that one does not even have a real self. The only Eternal Truth is that, “Life is but a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.”

The real awesomeness lies in the range of things we can discover ourselves capable of, even if we may temporarily have to believe the effects are due to something else, in order to be able to create them. The gods are dead. Long live the gods. Magic appeals to those with a great deal of fertile imagination coupled with a strong suspicion that both reality and human condition have a game-like quality. The game is open ended, and plays itself for amusement. Players can make up their own rules to some extent, and cheat by using parapsychology if desired. It takes only the acceptance of a single belief to make someone a magician. It is the meta-belief that belief is a tool for achieving effects. Thank Chaos we shall never exhaust it.

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H.P. LOVECRAFT, in one of his tales of terror, alludes to certain entities which have their being “not in the spaces known to us, but between them. They walk calm and primal, of no dimensions, and to us unseen.”

To put it very simply, a successful magical act causes an apparently acausal result. A properly executed magical release of energy creates a wave form (visible by Kirlian photography) around the magician causing turbulence in the aetheric space. This turbulence will likely cause a result, preferably as the magician has intended. Once the energy is released, control over the phenomena is out of the magicians hands, just like once an equation has been fed into a computer, the design follows the path set for it. The path coils and curls upon itself and mounts the steep incline of ecstasy as the energy is woven into a complex web of dreams. To follow closely the path is to leave earth and dive obliquely between those spaces that Lovecraft celebrated in his nightmare tales.

The hyper-eroticism induced by this ‘web of dreams’ is the basis of an elaborate ceremony whose aim is producing extensive hypnotic hallucinations. No one can say whether certain things happen or not; each individual may have very different and equally vivid experiences; but some form of levitation seems common to all. The patterns of all erotic love rites forges a link with the powers of middle nature, or the aether. Will is our medium, Belief is the vehicle combining with the astral plane between the spiritual and physical realms.

Simulation cascading into chaotic promiscuity. In other words, one must enlarge belief or desire until it embraces all things. At that moment the mystery of yourself will be revealed to you; existence is energy reflected by your experience. Once you begin to understand this; this very existence will begin to evolve based on your self-referencing perceptive state. This is known as the Singularity.

==And now we begin our Program(ing)==

The birth of the sound-wave baby

WEIRD DANCING IN ALL-NIGHT computer-banking lobbies is one existential path that leads us through specific DNA dimensions of the elemental universe. THE UNIVERSE WANTS TO PLAY–it sets up a network of cut-outs & safe drops between itself & its readers–but it’s so baldfaced & literal-minded it practically encodes itself–it smokes itself into a stupor, a map without placenames–stiff as an egyptian wallpainting nevertheless it reaches to caress someone’s face–& suddenly finds itself out in the street, in a body, embodied in light, walking, awake, almost satisfied.

It just wants sex and drugs and pain and information un-defiled.

Our future-current path of fantasy-beliefs render who’s ready for what lie. Art tells gorgeous lies that come true. We are a conspiracy of artists, anonymous as any mad bombers, but aimed toward an act of gratuitous generosity rather than violence– aimed at a present moment of aesthetic shock in the service of realization & liberation.

Something about Anarchy

There is no becoming, no revolution, no struggle, no path; already you’re the monarch of your own skin–your inviolable freedom waits to be completed only by the love of other monarchs: a politics of dream, urgent as the blueness of sky. No, listen, what happened was this: they lied to you, the idea that controlling people is somehow tantamount to Peace, when in reality it’s sewing the seeds of war. Why? Because Humans don’t like being controlled. They rebel against the thing trying to control them and thus two polar opposites are created dedicated to obliterating each other. It’s significant to point out a “Human” is an animal who possesses Consciousness. Now this is in contrast to a person who wishes to control things and be controlled – these people are not “Human” they are domesticated primates. Domesticated primates do not possess Consciousness, they merely possess Language. Well, you can teach a parrot to say things and a monkey to use tools but that does not make them human.

A Human resents being controlled because Consciousness is a self-referencing perceptive state, and so all attempts of petty ego conformity at the hands of domesticated primates is patently repulsive. Furthermore, Consciousness provides the only valid form of authority because Consciousness provides us the only valid form of Morality.

Morality is ultimately the product of Consciousness because Empathy is a product of Consciousness; You Think — Therefore You Are — Therefore you can think about OTHER people. So when you realize it is good for you to be treated good by others and vice versa… that’s when Morality is ultimately the product of Consciousness.

In the anarchic “superman” state of the fuuuuuuture the only law will be Moral Consciousness expressed as the Golden Rule. The opposing forces to Moral Consciousness is moral authority & immoral consciousness. Moral authority represents domesticated primates attempting to control all behavior based relative conceits. The logical conclusion to moral authority is an all-powerful corporate / religious state that places no value in ‘the individual’ resulting in no personal freedom, technology will provide the catalyst. Immoral consciousness represents the self-referencing perceptive state of Consciousness but disregards empathy as a ‘weakness.’ The logical conclusion to immoral consciousness is just… unpleasant.

The knee-jerk reaction to anarchy is, ‘who’s going to take out the garbage?

I think it was Oscar Wilde who said slavery is an absolute necessity in any society – but human slavery is immoral. He then said something to the effect of; “let the machines do the shit work; we’ll get their pay!” As we’ve seen in our own life-time; it’s just a matter of time before everything becomes automated. At such a point of technological sophistication – it is likely we’ll either slide into fascism or anarchy. And here’s why – in an automated society all forms of employment (as we know them) will become obsolete, and if no one is earning any money – then our monetary-based economy collapses. (Is this already beginning to happen?) Only with the intervention of an all-powerful corporate / religious state could civilization continue to exist. However, even in an automated society the machines won’t be able to produce art & entertainment. And so, our only conceivable ‘job’ in a post-labor world would be creative. With no need of a lobotomized labor force, and conversely, a real need for independent and creative people / producers of art & entertainment – the educational system will be revamped based on interpretations of Consciousness & Morality. Morality, as defined above, coupled with automated systems of labor eventually leads to the first viable world-spanning anarchy. Give it about 200 years. In meantime we must change our attitudes towards ‘earning a living’ by creating the economy of the future now. So by the time our culture becomes fully automated the monetary-based economy will more easily pass into a purely creative-based economy thereby by-passing the need of a fascist “savior” state.

Behavioral advertising would be the key-component in implementing the creative-based economy.

Speaking for myself; I have no problem with information that I make public for the whole world to see also being used by businesses to let me know they have a product I actually WANT! or NEED! This would be in contrast to so-much shit that is mindlessly thrown at me by broad advertising. Instead of these mega-corporations spending billions on broad advertising; a fraction of that money could be spent on product diversification (more jobs), and coupled with behavioral advertising – those products would be placed much more efficiently.

Sophisticated behavioral advertising technology as the next necessary evolutionary leap in this modern-information-age-world-economy.

People are unemployed, losing their homes, health & minds because the world’s wealth is not being properly distributed. Even though ALL of the pieces of the puzzle are here to distribute the wealth. It is merely our failure to put these pieces together properly that poverty prevails. In regards to entertainment; production and distribution costs are virtually zero. But marketing is still stuck in the dark-ages. But if I knew the band on Myspace was requesting an add from me based on those silly personality tests everyone loves to take, instead of some asshole randomly clicking on my profile, then maybe, maybe I’d even be willing to pay a small fee to view their profile. RIGHT!? Social profiling sites + behavioral advertising + micropayments = Creative-based economy.

Ewige Blumenkraft

So now our job is clear; get in tune with our inner artist via Life-Script: The Idea is to create a story in which the main character accomplishes all the things in life you want: a nice house, meeting your “soul-mate”; whatever you want, it’s your fantasy. You figure out all the things the character would need to do, and the people s/he would need to meet in order to accomplish those things. Once (or during) you work out all the plot-holes; you start embodying the character you created – you become the character you created. INVOKE OFTEN. In this (magical) process the events and characters you’ve envisioned in your Life-Script will spontaneously manifest themselves in your real-life. Ideally, you want to parlay your Life-Script (Art) into a livable income – as discussed earlier. The ABC reality-show “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” is a great example of a real Life-Script in action.

Remember, even if you have everything planned in excruciating detail… sometimes reality wants to ad-lib. But it makes for great entertainment.

This form of ontology also explains why “God allows bad things to happen to good people.” For the true question is, “Why do all the good stories make the protagonist suffer?” Is Batman really a symbol of hope and justice? Or is Bruce Wayne another insane criminal with delusions of grandeur? Can a good person stay a good person after a bad or evil thing has happened to them?

Of course all of this rhetoric is just prelude to the ultimate question: why did you do the last stupid thing you did? Civilization has externalized our gods and demons as beings separate from ourselves. But you are God and the Devil; you are your own worst enemy and you are your own salvation. Magic, whose aims are to improve your quality of life, really isn’t the art of manipulating events acausally – it is just your mind devoid of self-destruction. When you ‘see’ the result of a magical act are you not, in actuality, seeing the possibilities that have always been there? Is the magical ceremony (Life-Script) not an elaborate ‘show’ in which you prepare yourself for acceptance of the possibilities you desire? Not to say the ceremony doesn’t precipitate incredible coincidences. But let’s not mystify chaos. In studying turbulence, chaos scientists have realised that apparently acausal phenomena in nature are not only the norm, but are measurable by simple mathematical equations. A successful magical act causes an apparently acausal result. A properly executed magical release of energy creates a wave form (visible by Kirlian photography) around the magician causing turbulence in the aetheric space.

Are you a cabbage or a Star?

This is the story of the God who died, not out of pity, but, because it told us to kill it. For this reason we know the religion it created is the one true religion. Not ‘atheism’ for atheism disregards the means directly for the ends; there is no journey, just a complacent, stagnant destination of disbelief. And how in the world is that any fun? Thus there is no substance to the atheist for there is no chaos in his heart. Deity tells us all things are Consciousness, since there’s no other satisfactory definition for Consciousness; we take the hallucination at face-value and see what we can accomplish with this internally consistent matrix of signs and effects. Scientifically, we collapse the wave-function with Consciousness – due to the turbulence created from this interaction – acausal effects are seen reflected in our personal sphere of locality. As we go deeper in the rabbit hole we see more of ourselves in Deity. And Deity reacts in kind saying, “I AM YOU.” Now it’s just a matter of letting go of our crutches when the time is right.

There is nothing left but you and your Consciousness.

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  • GWF Hegel

    this is crazy. if machines can do everything we don't need an economy. the era of the subjection of human life to the economy would be over (if we chose it).

  • Tuna Ghost

    I'm as big a fan of RAW and Discordianism as the next person, but I find the grammatical errors and typos, coupled with a mish-mash of bullshit theories on culture, the occult and science, with a dash of mis-use of the word “quantum” as a modifier, to hamper my enjoyment of this piece.

    Guess I'm just a sad ol' greyface.

  • Chao

    This is patently retarded sophomoric (at the high school level) pseudo-philosophy. It's practically dangerous to have such half-cooked infantile wish-fulfillment ego-fantasies being passed off as serious reflections on reality to the readers here.

    Honestly, to whomever is reading this tripe, reject it utterly. If you want to investigate reality and seek some understanding of Mind, actual try doing that instead of wasting everyone's time on this mixing words in buckets nonsense. And somebody please tell the sacred chao to stay at home.

  • justagirl

    this is the kind of writing i would expect to find on disinfo. to say that it is “dangerous” and to “desregard it utterly” sounds pretty communist. i don't agree with all of the theories in this article, but, even as a language arts minor i misuse words sometimes and i can't STAND grammar nazis. i expect more interesting comments from the readers. not the ol' “tear it down” routine just because someone is not as articulate as you “clearly” are.

    • Tuna Ghost

      “this is the kind of writing i would expect to find on disinfo.”

      What kind is that, then?

      • justagirl

        extraordinary – bizarre.

        • Tuna Ghost

          Funny, I would've called it meandering and full of insubstantial or out-right useless comments passing for some kind of bullshit enlightenment, the very worst kind of Discordian literature. For instance:

          “This is the story of the God who died, not out of pity, but, because it told us to kill it. For this reason we know the religion it created is the one true religion.”

          What, exactly, does that mean? What is its substance? Is it supposed to be meaningful on some higher level than the literal? If so, how? I very much doubt that either you or the author could answer these questions to any satisfying degree. I could pick out literally dozens of lines that are just as ridiculous. No one thinks this is dangerous. Discordiansim functions best when it is taking apart the most basic ideas we take for granted, not regurgitated half-thought-out chaos magic crap.

          • justagirl

            simply put, you and i read things differently. you read all words and try to fit them into a perfect puzzle – a literary masterpiece. there aren’t many of those around. i read while filtering out all of the “harsh noise” and take what i want from the piece i am reading. it makes reading much more enjoyable for me.

            “this is the story of the god who died, not out of pity, but, because it told us to kill it. for this reason we know the religion it created is the one true religion.”

            this was not a memorable part of the article for me, but, since you brought it up, in those two sentences, the writer is trying to make sense of the death of the christ god and the creation of the “one true religion”. it is an opinion that is meaningful to the writer. after those 2 sentences, the writer is goes on to compare the difference between being a “star” who believes in the afterlife (and the one true religion) and a “cabbage” who just goes through the motions of life with only the promise of dying at the end… THE END!

            you read it and get angry; insult the writer. the writer is all over the place in literary discord, not giving you solid answers to your questions that he/she triggered in your mind. what exactly are your questions? why are you so sad and gray in the face? or were you just kidding? is it possible for you to laugh at or with the writer in all of your wisdom? or have you none? (laughs that is).

          • Tuna Ghost

            If the article is open to so much differing interpretation, wouldn't that then mean the writer has failed to get his point across? I'm not trying to make the words fit into a “perfect puzzle”–I just want them to make sense in the english language. If it is meant to be poetic, by which I mean “make sense on a level beyond the literal”, then why does it read like an essay or a critique or god knows what in half the places?

            “This is the story of the god who died” what story? Where? Is he referring to the previous paragraphs, or the following, or something else entirely? Either would make just as much sense, which is commonly referred to as a “failure” on the part of the writer (yes, even Discordian writers). Are we to assume that “the god who died” is Christ? He's never mentioned in that context, and history is full of dying gods.

            “…not because of pity,” Excuse me? Did anyone ever posit that as an explanation? This is just stream of consciousness stuff now, isn't it.

            “but because it told us to kill it.” What the eff are you talking about. This entire sentence makes no sense, and the author at no point tries to substantiate it.

            If the true religion is christianity, why is he refering to atheism later on in context to this quote? I think you've got even less clue what the author is on about than I do, which is still probably more than the author. As noted earlier, this whole article reads like a stream-of-consciouness bullshit piece getting by with poetic language instead of a point. It's way to easy too wave off criticism saying “no man you don't get it it's ARTISTIC” which is usually followed by “and no, I can't explain the theme of the piece or what I'm trying to say because it's just diarhea flowing out of my mind that I'm pretending has depth”.

            Like I said, I'm a RAW fan. I'm not embarrassed to admit I have a copy of the Principia Discordia lying around somewhere (well, maybe a little). I'm an occultist and a whole host of other things. But it is incredibly pretentious to come to a place like Disinfo and try to “free our minds” with the same crap everyone here has been reading for hte last decade. It's not even well done, for god's sake. Any minute now someone will start talking about reality tunnels and sheeple and I'm just going to throw up on my keyboard out of shame for all of us.

          • justagirl

            no need to snap. i didn't write it.
            don't throw up on my account.
            you sir are a literature snob.

          • Tuna Ghost

            If expecting an essay to have something akin to a recognizable point or substance of some kind makes one a snob, then I'm afraid the world is going to feel very snobbish to you, miss.

            Btw, “greyface” comes from Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy, where it is used to describe the lesser folk who reject enlightenment and open-mindedness and flexibility and are just generally stuffy old bastards.

          • justagirl

            go away grayface unless you want to disqus something else! i'm bored of this topic.
            if i see “illuminatus discordia” on my email ONE MORE TIME!!!…..

          • Tuna Ghost

            disable the email notification, genius. It's not difficult. Or you could just, y'know, not come back to Disinfo.

          • justagirl

            HARK! the hour is late for thou wilted boquet of flattery! thou words, to me are but an obdurate tone brought fourth from the same pleonasm which betwixt you. henceforth, thou art mine enemy! a trenchant cyber clout upon thou parochial face in meed!

          • Eris

            LOL Yes a lit snob and a pretentious asshole douchebag loser

  • James

    it engaged me. made me think.

  • TheMagi

    As an ascended Adept, I can say conclusively that this guy is Right On! Everything you know is wrong, and it will always be so.

    As for the end of work, I refer you to a great book on the subject by Jeremy Rifkin, by the same name “The End of Work”. He takes some of your automation arguments to their full logical conclusion, and it's not far of from what you have said. Sort of makes me think the writer has already read this book.

    The Truth is Hard to Swallow but if you Touch it, it is Soft.

    • Eris

      lol @ “ascended Adept”

      • TheMagi

        Happy to entertain :-)

  • Jon M

    “There is nothing left but you and your Consciousness.”

    That's because my brain has fallen asleep while trying to wade to this pointless excuse for an article.

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