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The Black Iron Prison

The Black Iron Prison

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The Black Iron Prison was written by the insufferable spags of principiadiscordia.com between 2006 and 2007. This edition was published in July 2007.

The Black Iron Prison is an effort to revisit Discordia in written form. The general consensus, if it can be called that, was that while the original Principia Discordia holds important messages and philosophies, we wondered if some of the humor and language might be dated and lost on a younger generation of Discordians. We wanted to crystalize some of our favorite themes from the Principia, those of radical free will and self-emancipation. Also, we are all egotistical blowhards who like to see our thoughts in print.

The themes vary but they generally deal with encouraging critical thinking and self awareness as a hammer that can bash the shit out of anything in the known universe. The basic math is that the more frequently people develop their critical thinking skills, the better it is for everybody involved.
The Black Iron Prison was written by the insufferable spags of principiadiscordia.com between 2006 and 2007. This edition was published in July 2007.

The Black Iron Prison is an effort to revisit Discordia in written form. The general consensus, if it can be called that, was that while the original Principia Discordia holds important messages and philosophies, we wondered if some of the humor and language might be dated and lost on a younger generation of Discordians. We wanted to crystalize some of our favorite themes from the Principia, those of radical free will and self-emancipation. Also, we are all egotistical blowhards who like to see our thoughts in print.

The themes vary but they generally deal with encouraging critical thinking and self awareness as a hammer that can bash the shit out of anything in the known universe. The basic math is that the more frequently people develop their critical thinking skills, the better it is for everybody involved.

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Published by: Cramulus on Jan 12, 2010
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HeyHeyHeyHey, kid. Welcome to Prison.
You think you just woke up here one day,right? Think again. It was your whole lifethat brought you to this. Fact is, you wereborn to be here. Go ahead, look around. I’llbe here when you get back.Looks smaller than it is, don’t it? Sometimes,it doesn’t even feel all that bad. But still…You look through those bars, and you see allthat you’re missing. Hopes. Dreams. Whatcould-have-been. Here, put your palms upto the Black Iron, grab the bars, let me showyou something.Feel that? That’s all the books you’ve read.And that entire wall over there is youradolescence. Look up: It’s your CDcollection. The floor you woke up on? Yourparents. Like I said, you were born to be here. It’s your life, it’s the cold trap ofyour own existence. You painted yourself into a corner.So, now you’re wondering why you feel trapped here, in your own life. Why now,why today, can you see the bars of a Black Iron Prison that you made for yourself?Because you stopped reacting, and took a couple of steps forward. You thoughtyou could do what you wanted, you tried to be self reliant, and bang. You smackedyour head against the wall.What’s that? Yeah. That’s when the claustrophobia sets in. When you didn’t knowyou were trapped, everything was fine. But now that you know, you can see yourentire, tired, monotonous life stretch out before you, trapped in these 4 walls,these 6 sides. Breathe, kid. It’s just abject panic that you’re feeling right now.Some even say that this is what death feels like: An unchanging life, immune andunfeeling to what you really want.Look around you. Look at these cold, black bars. The colorless ceiling. The hardground. That’s your universe. That’s the world you’re going to be living in for therest of your life here in Prison. You’re going to live out your life in quietdesperation. Or, not so quiet if you decide to take the rife/bell tower route. Eitherway, long or short, it’ll feel the same. Dead, unchanging.So, if you’re interested, I’d like to invite you to a jailbreak...Just turn around.
 
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o I was on the move again. I had a few days of traveling to do, a friend had just gotback from Hong Kong as was going to be in London for a few days before jetting offagain. Jammy git.As there was nothing else to do while on the train, I turned on the radio and decided tolisten to a talk show. On this particular program they had two opposing politicians in,debating the then upcoming election.I listened for a while, wishing I could get a decent music station, or had bought some CDswith me. The debate was getting boring, and was essentially becoming a right/left conflict:Give up your social freedom for more economic freedom, or give up your economicfreedom for your social ones.
Damn, that was stupid! 
I found myself thinking. So basically, I have to give up some sort offreedom, in order to gain another? Looking closely, there wasn’t even that much of achoice. To take benefit of the “economic free market” of the Right means you have tohave the money in the first place. And on the left, without economic freedom, socialfreedom was nothing, as money is a large pat of the social structure.So was there really a choice? To be sure, there are some differences. Certainly among thepersonalities involved. But the basic philosophy was the same. Almost all our currentpoliticians come from the “Oxbridge elite”, those lucky few without enough connections orcash to get into those 2 universities. This is pretty much the same for the leadership ofboth parties, whether right or left wing. And either way, it basically benefits them, as theyare richer than their constituents who they supposedly represent.It’s a two man con. Or rather, a two ideology con. They say (this “they” presumably beingthe same “they” who are the everyone in “everyone knows”. And quite possibly make up“the community”, whoever the hell they are) that you can’t con an honest man, often tomake themselves feel superior to some poor schmuck who just lost a lot on what seemeda fair gamble.However, you can con an honest man,if you do it with two men. Make themlook like opposing teams, like a “thief”getting caught at a jewelers and a“copper” taking the stolen goods asevidence. But in reality, they are bothworking ultimately for their ownbenefit. That’s the way politicians keepconning the public. We get the sameold guard year after year, being movedby their party from safeseat tosafeseat. That’s modern politics.Keep voting yourself pay rises andmake sure there aren’t equal taxesapplied to the rich. And people wonderwhy fringe parties and apathy are onthe rise….
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