Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Gerin Oil Anagram

Richard Dawkins wrote a scathing attack on Gerin Oil (aka religion). It promted some disturbed Gerin Oil/religion addict to write Dawkins a very angry letter in response. Interestingly, the ornery theist's letter only seems to confirm Dawkin's criticisms, similar to Muslims who call for the beheading of anyone who accuses Islam of being violent.

Richard's article text:

Gerin Oil
by Richard Dawkins
Gerin Oil (or Geriniol to give it its scientific name) is a powerful drug which acts directly on the central nervous system to produce a range of symptoms, often of an anti-social or self-damaging nature. It can permanently modify the child brain to produce adult disorders, including dangerous delusions which are hard to treat. The four doomed flights of September 11th 2001 were Gerin Oil trips: all nineteen of the hijackers were high on the drug at the time. Historically, Geriniolism was responsible for atrocities such as the Salem Witch Hunts and the massacres of Native South Americans by Conquistadores. Gerin Oil fuelled most of the wars of the European Middle Ages and, in more recent times, the carnage that attended the partitioning of the Indian subcontinent and of Ireland.

Gerin Oil intoxication can drive previously sane individuals to run away from a normally fulfilled human life and retreat to closed communities of confirmed addicts. These communities are usually limited to one sex only, and they vigorously, often obsessively, forbid sexual activity. Indeed, a tendency towards agonized sexual prohibition emerges as a drably recurring theme amid all the colourful variations of Gerin Oil symptomatology. Gerin Oil does not seem to reduce the libido per se, but it frequently leads to a preoccupation with reducing the sexual pleasure of others. A current example is the prurience with which many habitual 'Oilers' condemn homosexuality.

As with other drugs, refined Gerin Oil in low doses is largely harmless, and can serve as a lubricant on social occasions such as marriages, funerals, and state ceremonies. Experts differ over whether such social tripping, though harmless in itself, is a risk factor for upgrading to harder and more addictive forms of the drug.

Medium doses of Gerin Oil, though not in themselves dangerous, can distort perceptions of reality. Beliefs that have no basis in fact are immunized, by the drug's direct effects on the nervous system, against evidence from the real world. Oil-heads can be heard talking to thin air or muttering to themselves, apparently in the belief that private wishes so expressed will come true, even at the cost of other people's welfare and mild violation of the laws of physics. This autolocutory disorder is often accompanied by weird tics and hand gestures, manic stereotypies such as rhythmic head-nodding toward a wall, or Obsessive Compulsive Orientation Syndrome' (OCOS: facing towards the east five times a day).

Gerin Oil in strong doses is hallucinogenic. Hardcore mainliners may hear voices in the head, or experience visual illusions which seem to the sufferers so real that they often succeed in persuading others of their reality. An individual who convincingly reports high-grade hallucinations may be venerated, and even followed as some kind of leader, by others who regard themselves as less fortunate. Such follower-pathology can long post-date the original leader's death, and may expand into bizarre psychedelia such as the cannibalistic fantasy of 'drinking the blood and eating the flesh' of the leader.

Chronic abuse of Geriniol can lead to 'bad trips', in which the user suffers terrifying delusions, including fears of being tortured, not in the real world but in a postmortem fantasy world. Bad trips of this kind are bound up with a morbid punishment-lore which is as characteristic of this drug as the obsessive fear of sexuality already noted. The punishment-culture fostered by Gerin Oil ranges from 'smack' through 'lash' to getting 'stoned' (especially adulteresses and rape victims), and 'demanifestation' (amputation of one hand), up to the sinister fantasy of allo-punishment or 'cross-topping', the execution of one individual for the sins of others.

You might think that such a potentially dangerous and addictive drug would head the list of proscribed intoxicants, with exemplary sentences handed out for pushing it. But no, it is readily obtainable anywhere in the world and you don't even need a prescription. Professional traffickers are numerous, and organized in hierarchical cartels, openly trading on street corners and in purpose-made buildings. Some of these cartels are adept at fleecing poor people desperate to feed their habit. 'Godfathers' occupy influential positions in high places, and they have the ear of Royalty, of Presidents and Prime Ministers. Governments don't just turn a blind eye to the trade, they grant it tax-exempt status. Worse, they subsidize schools founded with the specific intention of getting children hooked.

I was prompted to write this article by the smiling face of a happy man in Bali. He was ecstatically greeting his death sentence for the brutal murder of large numbers of innocent holidaymakers whom he had never met, and against whom he bore no personal grudge. Some people in the court were shocked at his lack of remorse. Far from remorse, his response was one of obvious exhilaration. He punched the air, delirious with joy that he was to be 'martyred', to use the jargon of his group of abusers. Make no mistake about it, that beatific smile, looking forward with unalloyed pleasure to the firing squad, is the smile of a junkie. Here we have the archetypal mainliner, doped up with hard, unrefined, unadulterated, high-octane Gerin Oil.

Whatever your view of the vengeance and deterrence theories of capital punishment, it should be obvious that this case is special. Martyrdom is a strange revenge against those who crave it, and, far from deterring, it always recruits more martyrs than it kills. The important point is that the problem would not arise in the first place if children were protected from getting hooked on a drug with such a bad prognosis for their adult minds.

Now click here to see an image of the afterlife-addict's response (via Pharyngula).


Anonymous said...

I loved this excerpt! The response from the Jesus freak was predictable I suppose. Talk about spewing venom and lots of it! Such hate from those who call themselves Christians. Looking forward to seeing Bill Maher's movie October 3rd!

Aaron Kinney said...

Ya I'm glad to see mainstream coverage/distribution of an anti-religious movie. Maher's flick should be good. I hope lots of people go to see it :)

breakerslion said...

The typical reaction of a junkie who feels a threat to his supply. I'd love to be Dawkin's secretary long enough to frame a reply.

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your interest. While we feel that you have overestimated our desire to know your opinion, we find your creative and colorful use of the English language charming. Thank you so much for thinking of us, and including us in this exuberant outburst of expression.

There remains a small matter that we are hoping you can clear up for us. We remain unsure as to what exactly was the point you were trying to make? If these are just the semi-coherent ravings of a psychopath, then please forgive us for not recognizing them as such, and feel free to ignore the question. Should you find such a question personally annoying enough to contemplate violence, we would just like to suggest that future correspondence be written in crayon to avoid such misunderstandings.



jack ralph said...

why are people of a religious persuasion (esp. mopnotheists) still allowed to waste precious resources when they have a god to look after them? why not allow the rest of us to, say, crush their skulls? ;I'm sure a temporary suspension of thye murder laws is all it would take. and why not? we get more of the left over resources that they would no longet be using improving everybodies living standards at a stroke they all get to go to heaven and commune with jesus/mohammed/whoever. it's a win/win situation, what's not to like?

breakerslion said...

May I? lil' drummer bwoi, it just doesn't work like that. One must form one's own ethical framework if one does not ascribe to the Invisible Alpha and His "Thou Shalt nots". Personally, I like the idea of not taking something from someone else that you can't give back. Besides, the Fundies have a better gun collection than we do. So much for suspension of the murder laws.

Anonymous said...

Nobody but atheist assholes are going to see Bill Meher's shitty ass movie. Atheists are nothing but outspoken nutjobs. Atheism and not real faiths is of an anti-social and self-damaging nature desite what Dawkins who is clearly mentally ill says. Dawkins has no grasp of history and should be told just to STFU.

Anonymous said...

Mental illness is a neurological No-Fault Brain Disease. The symptoms usually present themselves between the ages of 16 and 25. When we speak of mental illness we usually refer to schizophrenia, manic depression or bi- polar disorder, severe depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic anxiety attacks.

Gerin said...

Now I understand what's going on!

Anonymous said...

Let's talk about mental and emotional related defects, prevalent in many families especially those of professionals and intellectuals who live under high pressures to succeed greatly. Many intelligent, high achieving, individuals suffer from anxieties, schizophrenias and depression. Oobsessive-compulsive disorder comes very closely related.

Danielle A said...

This piece was very truthful!

People who take religion to seriously are just ignorant and just plainly, deficient in some way.

Being told what to believe when growing up doesn't make it true!!

Why are people so stupid?

Thumbs up for Dawkins and atheism.

jack-m said...

oh wow! I was web surfing and thought the website was religious! I was sure there'd be a long pointless reply, like an essay or something. That response is hilariously stupid! Thanks!!