I would suggest fear. Everyone who is afraid divides the world into "us" and "them." When afraid, we seek power, thinking it will make us safe. If we've been hurt, and are still afraid, and get power, we become angry and seek revenge. When this happens on a national level, the nation maintains power and attacks its perceived enemies. If those enemies are individuals or small groups who are themselves afraid, hurt, angry, and seeking revenge, then they are terrorists.
Terrorists use the power they have to terrify people, creating more fear. Governments use the power they have to terrify enemies, creating more fear.
From that point on, the cycle feeds itself.
One who chooses not to be afraid cannot be terrorized. One who chooses to love his or her neighbor and his or her enemy does not terrify others. When we all do this, we will share in the love that frees us from fear, and the greatest power of all, which is peace.
I think Sid hit the nail on the head. It's fear. And often unfounded fear whipped up by the media and the state.
But I also think we have never evolved from the ancient tribes. People are incredibly cruel to others just because they are different.
Mostly greed & envy ruin the party.
Closely followed by the obsession to have dominion over others, I suppose that falls under power.
Don't underestimate Geography. All cultural, political, and ethnic distinctions arose due to people originating in different climates and therefore becoming exposed to different feedback loops. Most of these are absorbed genetically and then carried into new climates.
New climates act on the old state to bring about a very slow evolution, but also produce a sense of alienation and irreconcilability on the part of the individual.
by Chris Mills 3 years ago
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by technocrates 7 years ago
How we can make this world terror free.I want your ideas to make this world happy and terror free...make this count...give your ideas...share what is in your mind about this....Love to see the thoughts of hubbers and people out here on the web....
by Ralph Schwartz 23 months ago
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by Lince 20 months ago
Don't you think Pakistan should be called a "terror sponsor of terrorism" by the United States?There are various proofs of Pakistan officials giving aid and also giving shelter to many terrorists.So don't you think it should be called be a terrorist state?
by PhenomWriter 7 years ago
Please tell me it will not be, because that idea frightens me...
by thirdmillenium 6 years ago
The popular saying that ALL MUSLIMS ARE NOT TERRORISTS BUT ALL TERRORISTS ARE MUSLIMS has some truth in it. And, people tend to think that a Muslim is guilty until he is proven innocent. This seems have some logic in it too.What is your take on these?
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