Ripped this discussion, built on Cram’s earlier post and musings, from the forum.Â Enjoy.
LMNO:Â Because so far, nothing else seems to be working.Â Because Discordia is about models, not absolutes.
Baron von Hoopla:Â Bingo.
Cramulus: [to LMNO] that’s a great angle.Â Could you expand on that a bit?
GA: Â I don’t know about more relevant, because I wasn’t around 50 years ago.Â It seems to me that the Cold War was in pretty dire need of some lightheartedness, even more than our current War on Terror.
It just seems relevant to me because I personally had (have?) a problem with taking things far to seriously.Â And because many of the people around me have concepts like ‘mandatory’ and ‘forbidden’ and apply them to things that are really optional.
I makes me sad when people tell me that things like religion are to important to joke about, or old propaganda posters too offensive.Â It bothers me when I get suspended from school or hauled before Loss Prevention for reasons like “I know that this is just a misunderstanding, but we must follow procedure.”Â It hurts when I look around my infosphere and see nothing but advertisements, especially when those ads are meant to make people feel bad about themselves.
The world is ruled by an endless morass of strictures and convention, and no one wants to take responsibility for them.Â People are perfectly content to let the train follow its own momentum down the tracks, even though they don’t like where it is or where it is going, because this is Policy, it’s what Everyone (the everyone in “everyone knows that…”) has Decided.Â Rules and traditions might be annoying, but it’s Not In Our Power to do anything about them.
LMNO: Â In todayâ€™s so-called â€œInformation Ageâ€, most of us are constantly bombarded with stuff.Â Perhaps not with ideas, so much as pure input.Â While for the most part this input is pretty much bias-neutral, an increasing amount of it is being supplied by people who have an angle.Â Whatâ€™s more, to get through to the growing population of Jaded Couch-Dwelling Fuckheads, there has been a new approach of making the stuff more-or-less self referential, as in, â€œwe know you know weâ€™re trying to manipulate you.Â See how cool that makes us?â€
So, what do you do when you are flooded by 50,000 points of view?Â The old way was to have Rules and Tradition and Procedure and Black and White. To take that stuff and cram it into a narrow worldview, distorting what little information you actually notice.Â Which only serves to hold you back, slow you down, and shut you up.
Our way, the Discordian way, is to make Temporary Models, make new Game Rules, to grab hold of the stuff and ride it out, making connections as you see them.Â You do your best not to have your views manipulated by stuff, and you do your best not to manipulate stuff to fit your views.Â Which serves to keep you on the Edge of Whatâ€™s Going On.
At least, thatâ€™s the general idea.
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