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23 July 2011 @ 03:45 pm
Extremism  
If the attacks in Norway have taught us anything, it's that terrorism and extremism are factors of ANY religion or organization. We've been lulled into thinking that it's always "radical Muslims" and "Islamic extremists"...but any group that refuses to listen to reason and can't get along with others because of unprovable differences can go this far.

Feel with your heart, think with your head...and remember the difference between Faith and Fact. Believe what you choose to believe as is your right, but never forget that The Other Guys are just as right...and wrong...as you are.
 
 
 
PolyDadpolydad on July 24th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
Almost.
Um, no. The Other Guys are just as *human* as I am. And as long as their behavior is civil, they have as much right to exist as I do, and enjoy the same human rights I do. This doesn't make them "right," nor does it have to.

Words is tricky; easy for 'em to get away from us.

best,

Joel
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on July 24th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Re: Almost.
We're still on the same page, here. Point is that we all have to live here. If we'd all get a handle on what we believe versus what we can prove and stop fighting over smoke and mirrors, we'd do better.
PolyDadpolydad on July 24th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
Re: Almost.
Agreed. And further to go from there; I'm working on some "belief" questions, and I think the thing we-collectively need to grasp as a value is 'proof before action.'
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Burn The Worldarchmage on July 24th, 2011 10:30 am (UTC)
Re: Almost.
Exactly. The question is not one of whether faith is a good thing or not. It's actions based on that faith. Strong enough faith and conviction leads to action without solid merit, and therein lies the issue. If each side has convinced itself of something which is at odds with the other, and has worked themselves into sufficient fervor as to believe it to be true with no proof, sparks fly, with no possibility of resolution.

We need to understand that faith can be a good thing, but it needs to be tempered by understanding that we all have to live here together. Unfortunately, those that need to understand this are exactly the ones who would disagree and don't want to live here with those that don't share their faith.

The planet needs another flood. One good flush would clean the bowl nicely.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on July 24th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
I totally missed this news and must go search it out. Haven't been home since Friday morning.