Gnostic Discordianism (early draft, feedback welcome)
also partially a riff on the Tripartate Tractatethis needs a lot of work, I'm posting it before it's ready, I'm aware of that.
We live in a material universe. Everything we think, say, do, experience, is a product of a physical process that can be known and understood.
“Life” is a relationship between different forms of information. ((in this way, individuals, religions, corporations, groups of friends, ideologies, are all very much living beings, just at different scales of magnification))
A long time ago, in the primordial sea, matter happened to collide** in a way which initiated a “self perpetuating” physical process. Primeval DNA. Over the course of millions of years, this process has perpetuated its survival through reproduction and mutation. The well adapted forms survived, producing more mutant offspring. The material universe plays the destructive role, culling creations that aren't adapted to it.
In this way, the primordial entity, that first strand of DNA, is present in all of us. It has developed sensory and cognitive apparatus so it can better understand the world. It is still trying to figure out the universe. Each expression of this common spirit believes itself to be distinct, an individual, perhaps an ego. It accomplishes the macrocosmic goals by pursuing microcosmic needs. Things like writing and architecture are advanced DNA, they are ways of passing information and relationships from one generation to the next. Our drive to survive, to reproduce, to create something lasting, is an expression of the overmind, the common spirit which unites all of us.The Tripartate Nature of Humanity
The individual expression of the common spirit is called the soul. Souls are part of the common spirit in the same way that cells are part of the body. They are all united, acting towards the same end, even if they perceive themselves to be distinct.
The body is just meat. Unknowing. A machine. A vessel. A collection of cells and tissue.
The soul (or mind) pilots the body, generally unaware of the spirit sleeping in all of us. A collection of ideas and beliefs. The soul (or mind) and the ego (or self) are one and the same.
The spirit (or overmind) pilots the soul, guiding it towards the light, out of illusion and into truth.
This is the tricky part.
The material world is blind and unknowing, an idiot god that we live inside. The idiot god thinks that he is the only god. The shadow thinks it is the light. The lie thinks it is the truth. And this material world is arranged based on material assumptions like territory and ego. It is curated by archons, creatures of policy and media which form consensus from a high level. Their goal is to divide us and distract us from the spiritual truth of unity.
The idea of survival through disruption and mutation, through creativity, through a transcendence of the mortal world, is personified in a being we call Eris. She is the substance from which our scientists and musicians weave patterns.
The soul forgets about the spirit. The soul thinks it is all there is. This is the ego trap.
Eris inadvertently created Jehovah, the god of the material world who champions the false conflict of good and evil, a distraction from the real conflict of unity and isolation.
The material world is full of pleasures that the soul wants. Pleasure keeps us in our egos, in our bodies, in our tiny little microscopic ideas of what life is. The whole heaven myth that the Abrahamic religions lay out is a trap - it tells us that if we attend the soul, the soul will be rewarded. It tells us the soul is all there is. It tells us that there is an evil shadow in the universe which opposes the soul, which we must defeat. It does not tell us the shadow is merely the part of the spirit which is furthest away from the source, because it does not know this. The material world is real, but it is a distraction.
Beyond pleasure there is ecstacy. Ecstacy is the soul’s experience of the spirit. This is the true source, true pleasure, death of ego, transcendence of self and other. Material pleasures are just trying to simulate ecstacy, they’re a bad copy of it. Some of them have paths to ecstacy, but those paths are tricky, fraught with other traps and distractions that will keep the soul anchored in the material world.
ahhh wait I have to stop telling you the truth, I’m at work. Fuck it, gotta go make the benjamins. Back into the distraction. More iterations on this concept later