He surrenders totally to the religion of surrender in exchange for blanket security.
Islam gives him all the answers he seeks for dealing with this world and promises him a most lush and eternal paradise of Allah once he leaves it.
And leaving this world in perfect submission as the foot-soldier of the paradise’s creator gives the faithful jihadist an unimaginably glorious and sensual eternal reward in his next life.
It’s a bargain that some buy in whole, some in part.
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Bewildered by what fanatic Muslims do, some conclude that Muslims are brainwashed.
Otherwise, how can their totally illogical belief system and barbaric behavior be explained?
But the notion of “brainwashing” that is bandied about is the stuff of science fiction and Hollywood movies such as The Manchurian Candidate.
Below is pictured a female jihadist.
Besides participating in overt jihad, she brings future jihadists into the world.
Perhaps they should stick with their goats and sheep.
The human person arrives in this world with his brains already washed in the sense of being what John Locke called tabula rasa, or “clean slate,” ready to be imprinted by experience.
John Locke was only partly correct; the brain also arrives with numerous predispositions already in place.
It is a combination of life’s influences and a person’s own decisions that determine which of these dispositions develop and which ones fail. It is through this process that a unique human being is formed.
Many animals come with already-in-place programs that automatically run much of their lives.
Birds’ migration, mating courtship, and thousands of other complex behaviors are instances of this type of specific programming.
A catchword for this type of behavior is “instinct.”
As a general rule, the higher the organism, the more diminished its rigid pre-programming and the greater its latitude to exercise choices.
Making choices depends on what there is to choose from and to what extent a given choice appeals to the chooser.
And the human newborn enters the arena of life without the means of being anything other than a passive recipient of “things” already chosen for him.
It is like the old joke by Henry Ford, who reportedly told his customers that they could have the choice of color for their car as long as it was black.
Things are almost as bleak for the new arrival. He had no say in choosing his parents, his socioeconomic condition, his environment of birth, and much more.
All are already in place, and he starts life from the context of his birth.
The development of a newborn in any family is importantly influenced by many factors, among them how hands-on the parents are, how religious they are, and how severely they micromanage him in an attempt to make him not only a good person, but also a better one than they themselves are.
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