Spare a thought for extreme behaviour

Yesterday I watched “The Jihadis Next Door” documentary.

I couldn’t help but notice that the main protagonist (of whom I cannot remember the name and I couldn’t care less) really enjoyed the attention from the Media and people.

It raised the question of his motivation(s). Fame? Simply getting the attention? Being heard? Cry for Help?

In this case paying a shrink who does listen for a living may solve and maybe even prevent further problems.

Not unlike Rousseau or Freud I firmly believe with the upbringing comes traumas and these traumas can lead to erratic behaviours.

The singularity of his thinking, the depth of his certitude intrigued me and made me think it must be nice to be rid of doubts (ignorance is bliss).

It got me thinking further about extremism, from the moment a person with Extreme views compromises he becomes a moderate, he is Extremist no more.

I remember the extreme right wing in France making Xenophobic comments, having a hard line on immigration and the French “white supremacy’, it was then a protester party. But now in its search for power it toned it down and has become mainstream, adopting other people point of view.

The debate is now: Is it only a marketing stunt to seduce a broader electoral body or has it really change?

I would argue (and not advocating for it) that from the moment it has changed its line of communication, it has open a door for change in its philosophy, and change is the enemy of Extremism. Change invokes the acceptance of pluralism, acknowledge the existence of another truth or path.

Again LePen (ex leader of extreme right wing) or the guy from the documentary were/are not open to changes or alternatives, their stance seems deeply rooted in and fueled by fear; fear of the unknown, fear of not being heard, fear for not understanding the world you live in, resulting in the refusal to embrace differences.

Is intolerance an easy path? A moment when you have given up on uncertainty?

 
 
Caro Gomez