# Officially a permutation of "5"!

Hey Milieu Pals,

Today, as many of you may know or have guessed, is my birthday. Not just any birthday, but my 23rd birthday. As of 9:00 (9am) this morning I have officially become a permutation of the number "5".

I have been showered with warm thoughts, love and greetings from family and friends alike; and, as always, have been spoilt rotten 😉

Today was a rather relaxed day and extremely enjoyable. My family, myself and two cousins (Dillon and Jean-Michel) ate at Macedonia’s in Bedford for lunch, then watched ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull’ and ended the evening off at ‘Ciao Baby Cucina’. Needless to say, we are all stuffed. Yet, we somehow managed to make room for the carrot cake and cheese cake that my mom made especially for my birthday! Heh heh heh!

With regards to the number ’23’ and its various permutations, I found this interesting little tidbit of information from ‘Wikipedia‘ (yes, I know it is not the most reliable source of information, but it is interesting none the less) labelled as the ‘Law Of Fives’:

##### Law of Fives

The Law of Fives is summarized in the Principia Discordia:

The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5

The Law of Fives is never wrong.

Malaclypse the Younger, Principia Discordia, Page 00016

The Law of Fives as quoted uses the word "Five" five times.

Like most of Discordianism, the Law of Fives appears on the surface to be either some sort of weird joke, or bizarre supernaturalism; but under this, it may help clarify the Discordian view of how the human mind works; Lord Omar is quoted later on the same page as having written, "I find the Law of Fives to be more and more manifest the harder I look."

Appendix Beth of Robert Shea‘s and Robert Anton Wilson‘s The Illuminatus! Trilogy considers some of the numerology of Discordianism, and the question of what would happen to the Law of Fives if everyone had six fingers on each hand. The authors suggest that the real Law of Fives may be that everything can be related to the number five if you try hard enough. Sometimes the steps required may be highly convoluted.

Another way of looking at the Law of Fives is as a symbol for the observation of reality changing that which is being observed in the observer’s mind. Just as how when one looks for fives in reality, one finds them, so will one find conspiracies, ways to determine when the apocalypse will come, and so on and so forth when one decides to look for them. It cannot be wrong, because it proves itself reflexively when looked at through this lens.

Oh yeah, one more thing. I have changed the Vivaciously Varietal Vibe!

• This weeks flavour: Pop/Rock