The Discordian Code is more of a lesson than it is a useful device. Initiate
s are taught the code (along with many other antimnemonic device
s) to convey deeper meaning
. In this way, the teaching of the Discordian Code
is similar to that of a zen koan
The sooper-sekrit meaning behind the Discordian Code lesson is given below:
The secret lesson behind the Discordian Code koan:
EVEN ORDER CAN PRODUCE CHAOS.
The initiate, learning the Discordian Code (which is more accurately a cypher) is forced to perform meaningless tasks of letter sorting, letter/number translation and ordering of numbers in what basically amounts to alphabetizing all the letters in a message. The outcome in any sufficiently large message is essentially gibberish, as the process is not reversible. The lesson, therefore, is that arbitrary application of Order yields Chaos.
c.f. Bureaucracy, Government