Series : Everyday Inhuman Humans – Day 12 7/16/2016

So, of course, another terrorist attack has occurred. It is sad for me that France has been attacked and that 84 people have died. France is a country that is dear to me. It is a symbol of at times what real freedom can be, not the litigious and teaming with laws preventing just about anything that the US has become.

Details are still coming in – and many people have been injured.

But what I would like to do is not focus on the details of this attack, or mention the legion of terror attacks that occur in the US and around the world. I don’t even want to discuss how horrible or inhuman these attacks are – while of course they are both horrible and inhuman acts for a person to perform.

What is the goal of terrorism? This is what I want to focus on.

You might say the goal of terrorism is to cause terror, but I do not think this is the case.

The goal of terrorism is to force people to change their minds.

This is why those that don’t conform are killed. If you see someone that doesn’t conform getting killed you may want to conform (to whatever) in order to continue to exist. If a woman walks around without a head covering and gets mutilated by acid, then women on hearing about this in general will be more likely to wear a head covering.

A woman is raped because she is travelling alone and the community has this communicated to them the women will be less likely to travel alone (and more dependent on their male relatives).

A woman is seen alone with someone she is not related to or married to that is a male and she is killed in an honor killing by her own family – other women hear these stories and will tend to NEVER speak to anyone that isn’t a member of their family and thus be completely controlled by their male family members.

The people of France are attacked for not being card carrying Muslims that adhere to a strict definition of Islam – and maybe some of them think that they would like to be safe. That perhaps Sharia and Islam isn’t that bad, and that women shouldn’t be allowed to be alone, or walking naked in public, or ever without a male relative to ‘protect’ them.

So this is the principal. To use force to make people agree with you.

This is not moral. In fact, for our culture on Earth to be a moral culture then people from birth and throughout their lives need to be taught that it is not moral to force people to agree with you. That includes laws that are in favor of one religious group over another.

It seems, that the vast amount of fighting, wars, and terrorism – is caused by using physical force (or legal force) to force people to agree with something that is not what they believe.

Too often, cultures and religions teach that only ‘they’ are moral and good people. That the heathens, unbelievers, apostates are not human (dehumanized) and therefore not deserving of the protections that other (insert religion here) deserve.

So believing your group is better than all other groups and that using force to get members of the other groups to change their minds is allowed – you have people driving large trucks in to crowds of people enjoying themselves and not harming anyone and killing 84 of them and injuring who knows how many others. Or fly an airplane in to a building with hundreds of people in it. Or walk in to a crowded mall and set off a suicide bomb.

All these activities are the fault of the teachers of the children in teaching those children that in some way shape or form – they are the chosen ones. They are better than other people’s. Other peoples need to be made to be like us – or die.

Oddly enough, for their to be peace – there is one thing that might need to be forced – the teaching that getting people to agree with you cannot be done through force. How is that for a quandary?

2 thoughts on “Series : Everyday Inhuman Humans – Day 12 7/16/2016

  1. Bonsai July 16, 2016 / 11:16 am

    I like what have said about the immorality of forcing others to adopt beliefs. I take exception the the “insert religion” part of the post. “Religion” first of all, is somewhat of a dirty word at least to my ears. I have certain beliefs and I believe them strongly enough to hope others find the same, but the nature of Christianity is against any force or judgement in this regard. The for the grace of God go I in every act– meaning I could easily do wrong at every turn . . .which most certainly includes judging my neighbor for a lack of sight or understanding.

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  2. codopfreedom July 17, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    First, let me say Bonsai that I am very happy that you read my article and liked it. It is much appreciated. I like your name as well. Perhaps sometime I will have the patience to manage a nice bonsai tree.

    I could perhaps have put [insert ideology here] instead of religion. And there are certain points in time where people have killed millions for their ideology of communism – such as Stalin.
    However, what is pertinent most today? People killing people for religious reasons. Women are killed in ‘honor’ killings because they defy their family which is an insult to their god (various gods, Sikh religion, Muslim religion, etc). Women married to their rapists because that is what is called for by their religion – even the Christian religion “If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her and they are discovered, then the man who lay with her shall give to the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he cannot divorce her all his days.…” Women killed (as in my next article) because they do not conform to their local religion’s concept of what women should do – by her brother.

    I’m glad you have something you believe in. I’m doubly glad by your reaction to this article that you agree on a very specific point in moral philosophy (regardless of the source) – that you cannot use force to make people agree with you. I might even agree that many or most who are Christian today agree that using force (physical or making laws) is not moral conduct. But that is certainly far from what all Christians agree that using force (physical or making laws) to force their beliefs on others. Certainly, if we look at the past of the Christian religion that belief of not using force to get people to agree with Christianity has not dominated the leadership or believers.

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