Obsessive Rationality Disorder: Adbusters-Diagnosis

Pic: Vanity Fair (PD)

Pic: Vanity Fair (PD)

From the brilliant annals of the technocratic analgesic, Adbusters in Nov-Dec ’13….fictional, but so resonant I think DSM-V should revise to include it!!

Obsessive Rationality Disorder

History and Identity:

Formerly known as cognitive compartmentalization syndrome, ORD is a condition wherein emotion and feeling become detached from cognitive processes and social interactions.  Sufferers are driven by progressively irresistible impulses toward exactitude, order and logic.  Daily tasks and household chores are inspected and refined.  Efficiency in all aspects of life becomes an obsession.  Originally thought to be a condition unique to the West, mass social manifestations can now be located throughout the world.

Characteristics of the Disorder:

In early stages, ORD manifests itself in the desire to suppress existential uncertainty with scientific and mathematical exactitude.  Fascination, mystery and the unknown are repressed-first consciously- then unconsciously.  Over the course of the affliction, the coping dimension of the disease transforms from extreme discomfort to mild pleasure, making withdrawal painful and neurologically degenerative.  Those with advanced symptoms often seek out positions of power and influence.  Empathetic and altruistic pleasure centers of the brain shutdown.  In economic and political circles, unhealthy and destructive fixations with profit margins, scientific certainty and mathematical proofs substitute intuitive, ethical and moral considerations,  At this stage, detachment from the natural and experiential wold is complete and successful treatment outcomes are rare.  If not for the pervasiveness of acute-stage ORD, mass institutionalization would be recommended treatment.  Rapture is the only known cure.

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25 Comments on "Obsessive Rationality Disorder: Adbusters-Diagnosis"

  1. The problem isn’t rationality, but rationalization.

  2. InfvoCuernos | Jan 8, 2014 at 11:08 pm |

    One more ailment that pot can cure. I thought this was called OCD? or is OCD just a fixation on random useless detail, while this is fixing on everyday tasks?

  3. StillAtMyMoms | Jan 9, 2014 at 12:25 am |

    Jan Irvin, are you reading this?

  4. Damien Quinn | Jan 9, 2014 at 8:55 am |

    Nowadays people measure everything and evaluate nothing.

  5. Liam_McGonagle | Jan 9, 2014 at 9:59 am |

    Over-emphasis on the polemics of rationality obscures the fact that the fundamental premises that one proceeds from in any logical framework are essentially subjective.

    In other words, “Hang on loosely, but don’t let go.”

    • kowalityjesus | Jan 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm |

      Yes, I agree. It seems over-reliance on logic/numbers/profit when dealing with commodities or potential commodities makes empathy perniciously dispensable, thus the quandary of corporate imperialism. There is a curious way that God works through and around these bogus perspectives to aid His people though, as it seems to me.

  6. samo1133 | Jan 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm |

    Perhaps you do have it, missing the forest for the trees by focusing on a typo rather than the overarching message…

  7. kowalityjesus | Jan 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm |

    hahaha, and screw you andrew

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