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5 Emotions That Breed Terrorist
It only takes a few minutes of watching the world news to feel like were surrounded by an unmanageable amount of terrorist. There are incidents happening in the Middle East, Europe, America and the list goes on but, who are these terrorist and what traits do they all have in common? Who are the ones that get targeted for recruitment? And is it possible that we all just might have the terrorist blood in us that only needs to be activated?
Let's have a look at 5 emotions that possibly breeds terrorist and see if it hits close to home.
This one might hit close to home because we all have felt anger in our lives at some point. We've been “Amygdala Hijacked” when we've become angry. That's when a gush of hormones are released that causes an emotional alarm. It blocks off our logic in the cerebral cortex and moves its way to our limbic system which is located in the lower parts of our brain. Which tells us, “Hey put up your dukes or kick rocks" in a hurry.
What we should understand is that when one becomes angry it triggers an emotion that can easily go from zero to out of control in a split second. This emotion is like a poison that clouds our heart then shoots straight to our hands and jaw. This is why when we get angry we are ready to punch, slap, scratch, push buttons, pull triggers and throw things like plates, knives, grenades, and bite.
Now we all know that we have the ability to get angry. Any person, place, or thing can set anger in motion. Counting to 10 is not going to work; as you can see, the world is in a mess, but counting to 1,200 may work because it takes about 20 minutes for logic to set back in. If we try to reason with someone that's angry before the 20 minutes is up, we're only setting ourselves up for the person or group of people to have a “Flair up” which happens when hormones of anger are still active in the blood stream. Looks like a few people and groups in the world today need a 20-minute timeout before negotiations can proceed.
I'm sure that most of us have heard the phrase “stop being a hater”. People say this because they must know that, and I quote from James Allen from his book As a Man Thinketh “All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. In a justly ordered universe, where loss of balance would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute. A man’s weakness and strength, purity, and impurity are his own, and not another man’s. They are brought about by himself and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, never by another. His conditions are also his own, and not another man’s. His suffering and his happiness are evolved within. As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think so he remains.”
So as we can see hating on one another can be linked to our own thoughts; thinking too much about what the next person has or doesn't have. When we lose focus and stop being thankful for what we have it opens us up to outside influences that can lead to a world of pain and destruction. It also lowers our guards leaving us vulnerable to be recruited by people, organizations, or terrorist cells knowingly or unknowingly.
According to Neurobiologist Semir Zeki, of University College London's Laboratory of Neurobiology, there's a distinct area within the brain that's activated when we begin to hate something. This is being referred to as the “Hate Circuit”. When this “Hate Circuit” is activated it can become out of control if not watched very carefully. So know this, if someone hates someone, best believe the hate is 100% real and does not need to be questioned. Not like love which is always questioned due to the fact that we are not sure what love is and how to love. To avoid having a terrorist mentality we need to put as much energy in love as we do hate.
Do you think that "Hate" is the main cause to terror?
How many people in the world actually live in fear or belong to a fear driven organization? Well, according to data from the World Bank there's a little over 7 billion people living on the planet earth and out of that 7 billion there's a little over 2 billion that represent Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other fear driven systems.
That means 2 billion people are not going to budge if push comes to shove. Fanatic or not, people are willing to die for what they “believe” in; leaving no room for trying to understand others nor themselves. A great mystic once said,"…all so-called religions are based on fear. Their God is nothing but fear, and their heaven and hell are nothing but projections of fear and greed. Rumi’s statement is very revolutionary: ‘Do not move because of fear.’ All the religions say to people, ‘Fear God!’…”
Fear is definitely fertile grounds when it comes to breeding terrorist. We don't have to look too far when it comes to terror because it can be as close as to our bodies. I think Merriam Webster dictionary sums up “terrorism” just nice - “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal”.
From a child to an adult we all have felt a splash of jealousy at some point. Even chimpanzees and elephants can feel jealousy. So what does jealousy have to do with a terrorist? Well, when we've become attached to something it seems that its normal action to not want to let it go by any means. Ralph Hupka, Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at California State University at Long Beach states, “Jealousy is an anticipatory emotion. It seeks to prevent loss” Contrary to popular belief, envy and jealousy are two different things. Many psychologists agree that Jealousy shows its head when something that we already have, is being threatened by someone else (ie Job, lover, promotion, county, religion, etc.) an Envy…. Well, we will get to that later.
I guess this is what Buddha was trying to get across to us. Don't be attached to the material because attachment can bring about all types of unwanted misery and suffering. It may also put us in a situation where we might regret our actions in the long run.
Envy can be a poisonous snake. Envy is the emotion of wanting something that we don't have, but someone else does. Let me put it like this, it's wanting something that does not belong to us like someone's car, boyfriend, girlfriend, job, house, money, oil, county, ancient artifacts, and people that belong to other religions or organizations. We have to face the facts and understand that envy is envy, no matter the scale of the “want”.
According to Richard H. Smith in his book The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature he states, “When we encounter someone who is more chosen, beloved or esteemed than we are, our natural instinct is to tear them down to our level. If this illicit desire is fulfilled by happenstance, schadenfreude (pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune) ensues”. Since this is the case, it seems like terror is not just happening on a global scale but it's happening on a minor scale as well. If we are willing to cause harm on a minor scale then we might be leaving the doors open for bigger disasters due to envy.
Well, to sum this all up, the truth is that we have many terrorist organizations all over the world, and it is easy to point fingers and blame others. The hardest part is looking within and trying to find the terrorist within us; while realizing that, what makes them terrorist just might be within us too. The healing of the earth begins with us as individuals. If we can master ourselves then our little rock floating in space will be an oasis for us all.