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Illuminatus! Group Reading Week 62: The Epistle to the Paranoids

Cover, Illuminatus! Leviathan
On page 657 of Illuminatus!, a quote from Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst (aka Kerry Thornley) starts out The Tenth Trip chapter with:

“Ye have locked yerselves up in cages of fear; and, behold, do ye now complain that ye lack freedom.”

It was this same quote that RAW used in his foreword to my bio of Thornley, The Prankster and the Conspiracy.

As RAW wrote in regards to the quote:

“Kerry Thornley wrote those words in the mid 1960s and within 10 years he had become a clinical paranoid himself, in the judgment of almost all of his friends, including Dr Robert Newport,  a psychiatrist who had known Kerry since high school. The moral of this seems to me: take great care which nut cases you dare to mock, for you may become one of them.”

In Illuminatus!, RAW and Shea indicate that this quote originates from “The Epistle to the Paranoids,” which was taken from Thornley’s The Honest Book of Truth… which is not the truth! In Historia Discordia: The Origins of the Discordian Society, The Honest Book of Truth is reproduced in its entirety, as is “The Epistle to the Paranoids,” which were two separate and distinct works.

The first chapter of “Epistle to the Paranoids” originally appeared in Principia Discordia, and the remaining two chapters were discovered in the Discordian Archives, which are reproduced here for your reading pleasure!

Chapter 1 of 'Epistle to the Paranoids' from
page 00069 of the 4th edition of Principia Discordia.
Chapter 2 of 'Epistle to the Paranoids,' page 00001.
Courtesy of the Discordian Archives.
Chapter 2 of 'Epistle to the Paranoids,' page 00002.
Courtesy of the Discordian Archives.
Chapter 3 of 'Epistle to the Paranoids.'
Courtesy of the Discordian Archives.

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