Grids ain’t groceries


Today, I read some more of the Principia Discordia. Specifically, this (on these two pages):

With our concept making apparatus called “mind” we look at reality through the ideas-about-reality which our cultures give us. The ideas-about- reality are mistakenly labeled “reality” and unenlightened people are forever perplexed by the fact that other people, especially other cultures, see “reality” differently. It is only the ideas-about-reality which differ. Real (capital-T True) reality is a level deeper that is the level of concept.

We look at the world through windows on which have been drawn grids (concepts). Different philosophies use different grids.

A culture is a group of people with rather similar grids. Through a window we view chaos, and relate it to the points on our grid, and thereby understand it. The ORDER is in the GRID. That is the Aneristic Principle.

Western philosophy is traditionally concerned with contrasting one grid with another grid, and amending grids in hopes of finding a perfect one that will account for all reality and will, hence, (say unenlightened westerners) be True. This is illusory; it is what we Erisians call the ANERISTIC ILLUSION. Some grids can be more useful than others, some more beautiful than others, some more pleasant than others, etc., but none can be more True than any other.


The point is that (little-t) truth is a matter of definition relative to the grid one is using at the moment, and that (capital-T) Truth, metaphysical reality, is irrelevant to grids entirely. Pick a grid, and through it some chaos appears ordered and some appears disordered. Pick another grid, and the same chaos will appear differently ordered and disordered.

Reality is the original Rorschach.

Well, this grid (and it is one, too) makes a whole lot of sense to me very easily, maybe because I’ve changed grids a couple of times already in this life. To me, it’s much related to changing identity labels, because (to me) a change of identity label also usually came with an alteration of the grid I was looking through.

This also feels much related to the discussions about “racial diversity,” “sexual diversity,” and our perceptions of different kinds of white women being competent spiritual counsellors/healers that are currently going on on AT. If these are carried on in the hopes to eventually reach consent, they’re bound to fail. If, however, one regards them as opportunities to compare grids, they can be a lot of fun and could even be an inspiration to shift or alter one’s own grid a bit.

(I really don’t have anything to say about groceries here. Except that the title for this post occured to me during breakfast when I read the quoted passage, and I decided at about that time that I didn’t have to go out to buy groceries today. Sorry if that disappoints you.)


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