The Epic Human Journey: Part 3, Endless Summer

Obsessive Rationality Disorder

The epidemic of the west.
René Maltête

from the DSM-V


Formerly known as cognitive compartmentalization syndrome, Obsessive Rationality Disorder (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.


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 – and 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 world is complete and successful treatment outcomes are rare. If not for the pervasiveness of acute-stage ORD, mass institutionalization would be the recommended treatment. Rapture is the only known cure.

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"Obsessive Rationality Disorder" is a term for rationally compulsive people. Even in the worst chaos most people are capable of empathy.


theoretically this disease idea might still apply there I bet because politicians do notoriously rely on other facts and figures to promote say resource extraction. If say you are going to be ultra logical about everything then I would believe that information that excludes environmental information is usually more straight forward as far as gains and losses, so they might be more easily beholden to it. But easy answers are rarely correct right?

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Or is this just another nihilistic vision from the forces of fear and religion. The fear industry that dares to see people as sheep and treat them like it. Allowing those who need to be told what to do to retreat from another day's thinking.

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