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Friday, September 30, 2005

Geriniol is Opiate of the Masses, dixit Dawkins

Geriniol is the most dangerous drug in the world, according to Dawkins. Can you guess what it is ? Here are some clues/quotes :

"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 characteristic symptoms, often of an antisocial or self- damaging nature. If administered chronically in childhood, Gerin oil can permanently modify the brain to produce adult disorders, including dangerous delusions which have proved very hard to treat. The four doomed flights of 11th September were, in a very real sense, Gerin oil trips: all 19 of the hijackers were high on the drug at the time. Historically, Geriniol intoxication 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, on a smaller scale, Ireland."

"Strong doses of Geriniol can also lead to "bad trips," in which the user can suffer morbid delusions and fears, notably 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 punishment culture which is as characteristic of this drug as the obsessive fear of sexuality already noted. The punishment culture fostered by Gerin oil culminates in the sinister drug-induced fantasy of "allo-punishment"—the belief that individuals can and should be punished for the wrongdoings of others (known on the in-group grapevine as "redemption")."

"You might think that such a potentially dangerous and addictive drug would top the list of proscribed substances, with exemplary sentences handed out for trafficking in it. But no, it is readily obtainable anywhere in the world and you don't even need a prescription. Professional pushers are numerous, and organised in hierarchical cartels, openly trading on street corners and even in purpose-made buildings. Some of these cartels are adept at parting clients from their money. Their "godfathers" occupy influential positions in high places, and they have the ear of presidents and prime ministers. Governments don't just turn a blind eye to the trade, they grant it tax-exempt status. Worse, they subsidise schools with the specific intention of getting children hooked."


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At 10/01/2005 2:49 AM, Blogger LBBP declaimed...

Wow, I must be tired. I read this post and the original three times before I got it. My only excuse is that I did not read the title that included "Opiate of the Masses" until after the third read.

I think I had better go sleep now...

At 10/02/2005 12:35 PM, Blogger Brandon declaimed...

Really enjoyed this post. First time I read it, I got real confused but it's way obvious when I read the full article, it's not as suave but still awesome.

At 10/03/2005 2:13 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Yes, I too was once a Gerinoil addict. But I managed to rid myself of the addiction, and you can too!

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