The Psychology of Hate: How We Deny Human Beings Their Humanity
This world cannot coexist with terrorism. Be it hijackings, bombings, hostage crises or sieges, terrorism has become a dark form of hatred in our decaying world; this petrifying presence of violence is one of the most distinctive challenges that our civilization has yet to solve. All of these violent acts of terrorism stem from manifestations of hatred and intolerance of those who are different from us; it fractures societies at a fundamental level, which results in constant turmoil and upheaval. Innocent lives are being lost and it is inexcusable. The phenomenon of such radical violence must be fully ridden if we wish to ...view middle of the document...
The second type of hate is ‘irrational hate”. Rather than a reaction to a specific threat, it is a character trait developed in some people. It is marked by the readiness to be hostile to others. This is a passion to cripple life, a strong impulse to cruelty or the pathological aggressiveness. People with this kind of hate seek a target to attack. They do not wait for an incident to occur, they create it.
Subsequently, terrorism is directly recognized as an irrational hate crime of devastating proportions. From extremists of varying religions to those who come from a background of poverty and great despair; all terrorists have a distorted misconception of true reality and will blindly follow their corrupt feelings of hostility to seek their ultimate goal. Moreover, as our global population increases so do fluctuating differences of opinion, which results in great polarity between groups. While terrorists may be individuals, they are typically a group of people who share the same extreme ideologies. Furthermore, these extremist ideologies are considered to be outside the mainstream of what society deems to be the appropriate norm and every terrorist, individual or group, had these corrupt ideologies.
To illustrate, imagine a legal system where theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand, where a man can marry an infant girl and consummate a marriage when she is nine years old, and where a woman can have one husband but a man can have up to four wives. Sharia, led by the Muslin Brotherhood movement, is the national law of Saudi Arabia but has been seeping into other countries globally.
In 1994, Mohammed Omar began serving as spiritual leader of an Islamic fundamentalist political movement, the Taliban. Operating in Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan, the Taliban enforces a strict interpretation of the Sharia law combined with several other highly violent rituals. The Taliban have been condemned internationally for their brutal treatment of woman and their extremely immoral ideologies. The Taliban continues to introduce outlandish acts, including banning all television, music, and cinema and disapproved of girls aged ten and over from going to school.
Following these strict enforcement of terrorist rule, under a pseudonym for the BBC, an eleven year old girl began to write a blog detailing her life in what is known as Pakistan’s Swat Valley and her inability to earn her education. Malala Yousafzai became known for her activism for the rights to education and for women. Her articles picked up an enormous national audience and after six months her identity was revealed. Even as a youth, she began appearing publicly on television and in 2011, a South African activist, nominated and to which she consequently won, the first National Youth Peace Prize.
As Yousafzai became more a publicly recognized figure, her life became significantly more in danger. She received various death threats against her and her family through newspapers...