This is the main page describing POEE.
Most interesting to me is the five degrees of POEE. As a member of this POEE, you’d climb up the hierarchy as you learned about Eris. But the Polyfather is not the highest rank, the popes are. And most of the popes don’t know anything about Discordia. And anybody can be a pope, every man woman and child on this earth is a genuine and certified Pope. So you don’t have to go through the other four steps to be the head of POEE.
There’s a lesson here about no-mind. The Buddha says that everybody’s a Buddha, they just don’t realize it. Students of Zen spend years training their minds to be childlike. The POEE hierarchy recognizes that there’s nothing really mystical or occult about enlightenment, it’s accessible to everybody. There are people who walk around confident, aware, and unconflicted, doing what they’re supposed to be doing, and they didn’t need a single spiritual teaching to do that. A seeker could spend decades on a spiritual path, and then meet somebody who seems to have mastered the teaching, despite having never heard of it.
The hierarchy is also a reminder to be humble. We are not walking on the “true spiritual path”, and to entertain that idea is an ego game. Regular pedestrians “get” Discordianism a lot better than any of us, so give them a break. They are the highest members of POEE, they are totally free of Discordian orthodoxy and dogma. You could learn a thing or two from them!
The quote at the bottom of the page is from Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, a German scientist and satirist. This line is one of his most famous aphorisms. Originally, it’s not talking about the Principia, but all books. In another similar aphorism, Lichtenberg clarifies, “When a book and a head collide and it sounds hollow, then the book doesn’t need to be blamed for it.” This is line shares a chord with a warning later in the book: If you think the Principia is just a joke, go back and read it again.