Over the last few years I’ve been reevaluating my life long views and beliefs as a liberal pacifist. I can’t help but be reminded of the lessons I learned while taking a series of undergraduate courses on genocide and the holocaust that were taught by Professor Emeritus, Leon Stein; while I attended Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL).
There are so many different types of cults that kill, which includes those who manipulate religion to promote the personal agendas of sociopathic cult leaders. One such example is that of Jim Jones, who bastardized Christianity when he murdered his congregants at Jonestown with tainted Kool-Aid.
Unfortunately, when individual’s get involved with dangerous cults, they often lose their ability to utilize their own critical thinking. Cult members are unaware that their minds have been manipulated to the point that they are no longer able to make rational decisions, think for themselves and to recognize the maladaptive influences, motives and or biases their cult leaders may have used to manipulate them. I personally believe this is exactly what is happening with those who are aligning themselves with such hate groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas, ISIS or any of the other radicalized Islamic group out there.
The psychotherapist in me wants to believe that there is hope for those who became subservient to these murderous cult leaders, who use . That they stand a chance of being deprogrammed, to learn how to think for themselves without outside influence from their cult leaders. I want to believe that these followers of contaminated form of Islam are capable of feeling remorse for the horrendous crimes they committed against humanity.
The problem is that as a society we are unable to wait for these followers to get the mental health help they so critically need. The pacifist side of me wants to believe that with peace talks things can change, yet the reality is there should be NO negotiating with terrorists. The leaders of these are nothing more then sociopaths. In the early days of the holocaust no one wanted to believe that Hitler could become as powerful as he became. By not supporting Israel, we are opening the gates for horror stories like we have never seen before. I wish the solution was to just put daisies in the ends of assault weapons, yet the reality is that with these radicalized Islamic brainwashed terrorists, the daisies won’t work.