Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Dr. Sanity: SHAME, GUILT, THE MUSLIM PSYCHE, AND THE DANISH CARTOONS

Dr. Sanity: SHAME, GUILT, THE MUSLIM PSYCHE, AND THE DANISH CARTOONS

It's sad to see all this hate and anger being leveled at the Islamic religion. Hundreds of millions of Muslims go about their lives living and loving and caring just the same way that you do. But because a very noticeable and violent micro-fraction of the populace run around spewing hate and rage you are ready to vaporize a goodly portion of the planet. The problems we are facing in this world are all based on social and informational restrictions. Religion is only a straw man; a pseudo-facade that gives both the insider and the outsider the illusion of "us vs them."

The Islamic Fundamentalists (who are the furthest from promoting fundamental Islam) are analogous to the neo-Nazi/paramilitary/survivalists in the US. Do they represent the ideas and goals and wishes of the entire nation? Of course not! The only reason they haven't been as much of a terror on this world as the former is due to social and informational limitations. If every Muslim had the education and free access to information that the US does, and (admittedly) a slight change in their society, they would know the evil ones for who they are and not be pulled into the hate and violence.

That's not to say the Christian world isn't without blame. The US has done a really great job of presenting itself as an evil entity to the rest of the world. Couldn't have anywhere near as much killing and violence without that added incentive. No one is blameless and no one is "right" in this mess. It's unfortunate that everyone thinks they are right and without blame.

Sometimes I wish I could move to another planet.

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