I'm looking into the motives and pathologies of fundamentalism. A sample:
Fundamentalist religious violence is associated with weakness: financial, psychological and ethical. While Islamic and Jewish terrorism is often associated with higher-than-average education, violent fundamentalism in general is popular with groups that are disadvantaged, disempowered or otherwise "trapped in limbo". It involves a refusal to recognise one's actual psychological failings, or the social conditions that promote them. Perhaps most maddeningly, fundamentalism often worsens the very poverty and alienation that first encouraged it, by scuttling business and weakening social bonds.
For all their blame of the Other, those calling to "behead" their supposed foes are in fact their own worst enemies.(Photo: theconversation.edu.au)