The Legion of Dynamic
Black Iron Prison
In ancient times, a man named Malaclypse the Younger discovered how to make fire. He traveled to various places and shared his discovery to five tribes of people. They all had different reactions to him… some embraced his discovery, and others regarded him with aversion and fear. Eventually, Malaclypse was killed by a group of people that were terrified of him and his fire.
A few centuries later, each of the five tribes had a unique viewpoint towards Malaclypse and fire making, and these subjects accounted for a major part of each tribe’s cultural and religious practices.
The first tribe had a priest class that kept fire-making a closely guarded secret that gave them leverage over the other citizens.
The second tribe did not care about fire making, but they worshipped the tools used to make fire.
The third tribe was entirely unconcerned about fire making, and instead worshipped Malaclypse.
The fourth tribe had legendary tales about Malaclypse and fire making ingrained in their cultural folklore… and some people believed the legends, while other rejected them.
The fifth tribe used fire throughout their community for various useful purposes.
One day, a tekgnostic master and her affiliates were traveling in the lands where these tribes lived. After observing the tribes, the affiliate tekgnostics said to each other: “It is very surprising to see how all these tribes differ so greatly in the way they regard fire making and Malaclypse. Let us visit the tribes, and tell them the truth about fire making. After when we tell them, their lifestyles will surely change dramatically.”
…So the traveling master and the affiliates went to the first tribe, the one where fire was a closely guarded secret used among the priest class. After receiving a warm welcome by the tribe, they attended one of their fire making religious ceremonies headed by the priests. When the ceremony finished, one of the traveling tekgnostics said: “I can duplicate the fire making that you people regard as divine and restricted only to the priests. If I do this, will you admit that you have been wrong for all these years?”
When the priests heard this, they immediately shouted out: “These travelers are heretics! Seize them and take them away at once.” The people immediately did as they said, and the travelers moved on to the second tribe…the one that worshipped fire-making tools.
One of the traveling tekgnostics announced to the tribe: “I come here to inform you that you are worshipping these tools, yet you are unaware that their use is simply to make fire.” The people heard this and responded: “We are hospitable people and welcome you to our land, but we must inform you that you are a stranger to our customs, and you do not understand what we are doing. Your statements are mistaken, and you are not acting in accordance with our religion. Hence, we will not listen to you.”
So the tekgnostic travelers went to the third tribe… the one that worshipped Malaclypse. They observed the tribe’s various Malaclypse the Younger statues and ceremonies. Later, they approached the tribe’s leaders and said: “The Malaclypse that you worship is actually just a person like the rest of you. He discovered a fire making skill that you can learn and use.”
The tribe leaders replied: “Even if that is true, such knowledge is reserved only for a select few like us, not for the entire community to know.”
“But why not spread this knowledge to all?” the tekgnostic traveler replied. Upon hearing this, the tribe leaders replied: “We have had enough from you! You are sacrilegious and unfamiliar with our culture.”
So the travelers left, and went to the fourth tribe… the one where fire making and Malaclypse were legendary folklore that some people believed and others didn’t.
One of the tekgnostic travelers announced to the tribe: “The fire making stories and legends you speak of are indeed true, and I can show you how to make fire.”
This announcement caused much division among the tribe. Among them, some people desired to learn how to make fire from the travelers, but were only concerned with using it to take advantage of others. They also did not learn to make fire properly because they were still fixated on their inaccurate legends about fire making.
Another group of people said: “These travelers are duping us and trying to take advantage of us; and we will have nothing to do with them.” And another group of people said: “Whether these travelers speak the truth or not, we do not want to hear from them. We prefer to retain our current legends as they are, which forms the foundation of our culture and community.”
So the tekgnostic travelers left and went to the fifth tribe, where they used fire, and observed the people’s ways.
The tekgnostic travelers then said to their master: “What are we to make of all of this? We tried to teach the four other tribes to make fire the way this tribe does, but our efforts have gone in vain.” The Tekgnostic master replied…
An old Sufi Legend
- from "Ten good Reasons to get up in the
Morning" by R.A.W.
Chaos is Energy
- the "Principia Discordia" page 61
Chaos Never Died
- Hakim Bey
The Zen of Chaos
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