Monday, September 24, 2012

The fictional universe of the spiritual illuminati

I've an extra ABC column this week, prompted by Sydney's Islamist violence: 'The fictional universe of the spiritual illuminati'.

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)

2 comments:

Rolly Christian said...

G'day Damon,

Its nice to see your reality and my reality are coming together on this concern.

May I suggest the following recent article from Mervyn F. Bendle in the Quadrant for some more food for thought.

http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/4/how-civilisations-die

I would consider myself an Australian Christian fundamentalist and yet I am not planning a bombing run to destroy a little black box in Mecca and start an Islamic WW3 - or any Muslim harm. (Note: A move towards destruction and harm is always shorter and quicker than the time it takes in remediation to build something positive and beneficial.)

Surely the "danger" from a fundamentalist is solely based on the "core beliefs" he or she holds firmly.

You will find that historical misadventures in violence by "the church" or "sects" are not based on any Christian fundamental teaching as offered by Christ in the NT. "By their fruits you will know them..."

Miss Bacchus said...

Nice review here of terrorism and fundamentalism and its roots. It opened my eyes a bit. Thank you!