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 Responses to Obsessive Rationality Disorder: Adbusters-Diagnosis

  1. Andrew January 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    The problem isn’t rationality, but rationalization.

  2. InfvoCuernos January 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 January 9, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    Jan Irvin, are you reading this?

  4. Damien Quinn January 9, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    Nowadays people measure everything and evaluate nothing.

  5. Liam_McGonagle January 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 January 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 January 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 January 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    hahaha, and screw you andrew

    • Andrew January 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

      Me!?!?! Wha’d I do?!?!?

      • kowalityjesus January 9, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

        voting up someone pointing out a typo, lol. typical.

        • Andrew January 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

          Damn, I forgot I did that.

      • Andrew January 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

        Fucking Disqus won’t let me downvote my own comment… >:[

        • Calypso_1 January 9, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

          There you go.

          • Andrew January 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

            I was trying to downvote comment 1194393794. But thanks, it’s the thought that counts.

    • Jin The Ninja January 9, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

      that must be the demiurge speaking through you.

      • kowalityjesus January 9, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

        sandaastinolavista!! I’m speaking in tongues!!

        • Jin The Ninja January 10, 2014 at 11:47 am #

          as long as you acknowledge we’re referring to the god that is petty, limited, abusive, and a masochist who seeks to keep humanity enslaved- you could start bushes ablaze from your gilded throne, and i’m copacetic.

          • kowalityjesus January 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

            Allz I knoze iz, Jezis got my soul and he treatin me good, and I know I can call ‘pon him when de Debil be givin me prollem.

          • Jin The Ninja January 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

            what dialect is that? certainly not enochian.

          • kowalityjesus January 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

            its Twainonian. ;O)

          • Calypso_1 January 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

            Nah, but this is:

            “It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies. This Bible is built mainly out of the fragments of older Bibles that had their day and crumbled to ruin. So it noticeably lacks in originality, necessarily.”

          • kowalityjesus January 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

            be not wise in thine own eyes

          • Calypso_1 January 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm #


          • kowalityjesus January 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm #


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