The curse of the greyface and the celebration of chaos

Image: Volkan Olmez

You probably see it all the time...

Humans. Humans with that somber, flaccid, downtrodden look plastered across their faces.

Their shoulders are slouched. Their eyes are sunken in. They embody a sinking soul, overburdened by the world. Even as they’re pushing a shopping cart full of bulk food and digital devices around Costco.

These people, I’m afraid, have been struck by a curse. A curse that has taken many a man and woman.

This is the ‘Curse of the Greyface’ as mentioned in Principia Discordia— a disastrous curse, indeed. A curse brought on by the timeless human condition of over-seriousness.

The human race will begin solving its problems on the day that it ceases taking itself too seriously.
 — Principia Discordia

How do we win against this curse that’s been deeply ingrained in the human consciousness? How do we keep it from striking ourselves, our families, and our neighbors?

How do we find salvation from the Curse of the Greyface?

We must embrace disorder. We must fall back in love with playfulness just as we did when we were kids. We must ‘master nonsense’ as the Principia says.

This is how the curse can be revoked.

The Curse of the Greyface is the result of taking order too seriously while deepening our fear of disorder.

The Principia goes on to say…

If you can master nonsense as well as you have already learned to master sense, then each will expose the other for what it is: absurdity. From that moment of illumination, a man begins to be free regardless of his surroundings. He becomes free to play order games and change them at will. He becomes free to play disorder games just for the hell of it. He becomes free to play neither or both. And as the master of his own games, he plays without fear, and therefore without frustration, and therefore with goodwill in his soul and love in his being.

We become rigid and frightened and timid because a big part of human existence is the fact we don’t know what lurks around the corner. And so we go through life in a constant state of unsettlement. Striving to find sense in the world. Yearning for certainty. And when the world doesn’t give it to us, we get… uppity.

We know we’re in trouble when we lose our playfulness.

Playfulness is where giant leaps in humanity have come from. Humans discovered much of the world following their tingling tastebuds in search of spices. The computer keyboard was born from the playfulness of music on the piano. The Apple computer was born from an acid trip. The list goes on.

I’ll leave you with this from The Principia…

May you be free of the Curse of the Greyface.
May the Goddess put twinkles in your eyes.
May you have the knowledge of a sage,
and the wisdom of a child.


Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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