Originally posted by Sunlionspirit
may I ask please ?? to the community and to the mods ? my question is simple : may I say here on ATS that I really fundamentally HATE those
fundamentalist islamist murderers ??
You are welcome to post anything you want as long as it doesn't violate the
AboveTopSecret.com Terms And Conditions Of Use
. I just double-checked and
didn't see anything specific to that, so I imagine there's nothing wrong with it.
However, I would prefer to respond to this as a member, not a moderator, and in doing so, must recuse myself from taking action as a mod in this
thread. From here on out, it's just me, and I speak only for myself, not ATS or anyone else.
As a foundation, I offer a series of observations that may seem like idealistic psychobabble, but are based on years of experience and no small amount
The root of all hatred is anger.
The root of all anger is fear.
The root of all fear is ignorance.
I know, it seems naive to frame the matter in such terms, but there's a lot going on here.
We're all going to die, no matter what. By violence, disease, pestilence, famine or the mere passage of time, the hour is uncertain, but death is
certain. The only significant variables are how long we live, and what happens while we live.
If we accept the prevailing scientific thought on the matter, we are all related. Every one of us, and not just humans, but every living thing on the
planet. And really, it doesn't stop there, but going any farther strains the scope of the discussion.
All of us, regardless of the details of the moment, are at least cousins, though I prefer to think of us as brothers and sisters, since we are, in the
most distant sense, also cousins to sea urchins, oak trees and slime molds. As brothers and sisters, we will quarrel over one thing or another, as
families always do, but in the end, our differences do not change who and what we are.
All of us, regardless of the details of the moment, hold beliefs we consider so important that we are willing to die for them -- or kill for them --
though we may not always think in such terms. But we all have something, whether it be the defense of our own lives or the lives of others. At the
very least, there are few indeed among us who would not kill to protect our own children from mortal danger.
Though any of us may, given enough distance, question whether our beliefs are truly worth killing for, it is easy enough for any of us to hold such
beliefs without question, and thus kill without question.
That is what lies at the heart of murder committed in the name of faith. Ultimately, all evil is done in the name of justice, but what is evil and
what is justice depends on who dispenses it.
I am an American, and I love my country. But I also know that I and my fellow Americans are more than willing to kill in the name of what we believe.
And we will kill anyone
who stands in the way of such beliefs.
Don't believe me? We do it all the time. We're doing it right now. And we've been doing it for generations. Any true "patriotic American" will do
to protect America, no matter how horrible. And again, we've done it, do it all the time, and will continue to do it.
Because we believe it's right.
But we are not alone in our zeal. There are others in this world who are also willing to kill for what they
believe, and they will do
to promote and protect those beliefs.
Are they wrong?
I suppose it depends on who you ask. We Americans have killed millions in the name of what we believe. We have executed, firebombed and nuked
civilians in the name of ending war. We have committed acts so unspeakable that we literally don't speak of them, but always in the name of freedom
So it is with anyone who acts with the certainty of righteousness. The annals of history are filled with such conceits.
I certainly don't condone senseless acts of violence, but I also don't think hatred will solve anything.
Millions have died at the hands of those who claim to act on behalf of Jesus, just as millions have died at the hands of those who claim to act on
behalf of Allah, or social justice, the god of Marxians.
In the end, all such violence is ultimately committed on behalf of vanity, self-interest and greed.
Hatred will not end hatred. Likewise, understanding will not keep people from doing what people do, and have always done.
However, hatred offers no hope. It amounts to nothing more than choosing a side to fight and die for.
Understanding doesn't offer much more, but at least it does offer some hope.
You cannot hate what you understand.
If you truly despise violence, then the only logical alternative is to seek peace through understanding.
It is, like all human pursuits, ultimately doomed to failure and insignificance, but I still consider it better than the alternatives.
edit on 1/9/2011 by Majic because: (no reason given)