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Eristic! A new word to me--I think it was what I meant when I wrote "rhetoric".
These are great words I'm learning!
Eris works part time as the Greek Goddess of Confusion and Chaos, or She What Done It All, and part time at a Dairy Queen in Towson, MD. In traditional Greek mythology, she created Forgetfulness, Lies, Quarrels, and lots of other things the ancient Greeks weren't particularly fond of. The Principia Discordia states:
"One day Mal-2 consulted his Pineal Gland and asked Eris if she had really created all of those terrible things. She told him that She had always liked the Old Greeks, but that they cannot be trusted with historic matt -]#['p098h7yfdt86561/8+fz cbi7rs. 'They were,' She added, 'victims of indigestion, you know.'" However, Eris isn't really malicious and evil, but she tends to be mischievous and at times, a bit bitchy. It was the Goddess Eris who threw the Golden Apple and started that silly little war... you know, the one with the Trojans and such.
The most famous tale of Eris recounts her initiating the Trojan War. The goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite had been invited along with the rest of Olympus to the forced wedding of Peleus and Thetis, who would become the parents of Achilles, but Eris had been snubbed because of her troublemaking inclinations.
She therefore (in a fragment from the Kypria as part of a plan hatched by Zeus and Themis) tossed into the party the Apple of Discord, a golden apple inscribed Kallisti - "For the most beautiful one", or "To the Fairest One" - provoking the goddesses to begin quarreling about the appropriate recipient. The hapless Paris, Prince of Troy, was appointed to select the most beautiful by Zeus. Each of the three goddesses immediately attempted to bribe Paris to choose her. Hera offered political power; Athena promised skill in battle; and Aphrodite tempted him with the most beautiful woman in the world: Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta. While Greek culture placed a greater emphasis on prowess and power, Paris chose to award the apple to Aphrodite, thereby dooming his city, which was destroyed in the war that ensued.
Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
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