“I am stuck, in middle of nowhere, or at the extremes of somewhere, I don’t know what is right or what is wrong, rather who is right or who is wrong. Height of epistemocracy I might be at, rather in a quest to know more, but got more questions than answers along the way. I am an empiricist, I want to see the missing links, between the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle of reality, but cannot; others though assumes, theorize the nature of connections among events, the reasons of causality, the triggering points of incidents, but I prefer not to deduce, as I don’t get pleased by the release of the excruciating mental tension, due to confusion, but people do rather, like those who train innocent children as suicide bombers.” … I might be lying…
It’s a cognitive requirement, to have a logic (illogic) of what is what, who is who and where is where, how is how, if not, our neural networks don’t abide, rather strive to connect the missing bits, scattered pieces, seemingly random events happening all around us. It happens naturally, unintentionally. Though intentionally we tend to resist, not often though, to keep events from explanations, and people disconnected from our judgments, labels, and tags like Kafir, Murtids, Taliban, etcetera.
To challenge our own assumptions, to question our deductions, our perceptions, is not though easy, rather an act igniting frenzy, the opposite is natural, to have a reason for survival, though eternal, satirical it may sound, “better I have a reasons to kill or die, instead I putrefy without a reason to cry.”
Life is without meaning, for many, but for some, it is like hell. Living every minute of it, thinking why his pockets get empty before they could even feed their siblings? Why his friend is in jail waiting for his turn in court since a decade? Why without leaving a trace his son disappeared one fine day? Why his daughter was molested and raped on the way, when a political leader (demagogue) was murdered? Why his neighbor blew into pieces by a bomb meant to target some officially declared terrorists? Why….? And, why he can’t get an answer to every ‘Why’? … Very few face such circumstances, though almost all of us have questions tending toward such extremes. “Why my boss always acts as if I am trying to avert from responsibilities or tasks assigned to me?”
Humans need an answer to every ‘why’, every cause of events, particularly those threatening our endurance and of our children, though they might not get. It is an instinct, designed, embedded in our cognition; demanding every second a justification, forcing our mind to theorize the causality of events, most crucial of them of our existence in circumstances beyond our comprehension, hence the most indispensible question “Why I exists the way I exist?”. Some search for an answer their entire lives, most get acclimatized by its sting. But those who finds the cure, i.e. an answer, keeps it sacred, holds it high, even die for it! … “The miseries I faces confirm that I am pious, sanctimonious … a–hole?”
The reason might have religious connotation, so called, and will mold and hold the endogenous and exogenous state of affairs of the subject, around the very reason of survival. His social connection will evolve around the same, life priorities as well. He will embrace those who appreciates and avert those who doubts or rejects, intensity of which will depend on the degree of the admiration of his vision, his perceptions or the very opposite; instinctual indeed. “Have you ever thought why religious groups most often split into two, then into four, then into eight and then disintegrate? So many examples we have emerged in the past …”
Would he allow anyone to challenge his believes, interpretations, perceptions, judgments, inferences and expectations, build around his core, i.e. his answer to the question “Why I exists the way I exist?” … ? Most likely he won’t unless he has the guts to challenge and question his thinking, and evaluate if his conscience confirms to his actions or not? Conscience, which is otherwise, bogged or unplugged by the confirmation syndrome (i.e. appreciation by the likeminded) … “All those wearing turbans, looks like pathans and holding guns are Talibans i.e. terrorists … they must be ruined and butchered!”
Welcome to the realm of fascism…
Ego rules here, subservient are those morals, principles, even Hadith and Quranic verses which confirms to it, and the ones which doesn’t, are overlooked instead. This is the case with both i.e. those who are considered as religious extremists by secular extremists and vice versa. Ego worshipers contextualizes the universal truths, mold them, use them to confirm their actions as holy … Are you one of them?
If only on the basis of a few hints you find it appropriate to tag a person or a group as Talibans or Kafirs, Murtids, etc depending upon which extreme you belong, then you definitely have become exceedingly good at it, in being a fascist i.e. … “Every Peron working with executive bodies or Military i.e. protecting an American sponsored government is an Infidel and Murtid hence doesn’t hold the right to live…”
If contrary is true for you, and you have realized that there are ‘known unknowns’, and ‘unknown unknowns’, instead of theorizing you wait for the empirical evidence, and hold fast with the principles, universal truths and wholly adhere to Divine guidance, then I congratulate as you are a extinct species, and the one badly needed today.
How this all started? Answering this question will result in a never ending debate like the one about ‘chicken or egg’, i.e. which of them came first? Instead the more important matter is how to deal with it. Racism, fascism or even sectarianism has existed since the known history, and they are here to stay as long as the world exists, unless there is a serious effort done to eliminate their root causes, i.e. poverty, economic disparity, social discrimination, injustice, and all those social illnesses which make a common man feels that his life itself is a mistake, probably of his parents rather? It is not a question of how, rather who. A trillion dollar question, simply because those, who have the power to put an end to all this, are the direct beneficiaries of this mayhem, and those who don’t hold such a power, are at the suffering end.
I don’t know who it will be or when, what I do know if such a person or a social movement emerges, then we will definitely have to make a choice, i.e. whether we support it or resist it. If you chose to remain idle, then it will imply that you have indirectly chosen to support the evil instead. Saying of Edmund Burke “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men (and women) do nothing”. In the end your ‘Fate’ will depend on whose side you were standing … Fascism, right! … ?