Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Fanatic commitments to groups and organizations, political, religious, is a kind of addiction.- just like drug

The problem with an addiction is not the drug, it is the problem that the addict has. The addicts use drugs to distract themselves from some very uncomfortable reality. Without the drugs and due to some erroneous thinking, they perceive themselves as not fitting into the world around them. They blame themselves.

It is worth considering whether the reverse might be true of the fanatic. They perceive some aspect of the world around them as not fitting with their needs. They blame others.

Commitment to groups, organizations etc. is a wonderful phenomenon. I hope it is usually about taking responsibility for bringing about change by changing oneself and in so doing influencing others. The fanatic sees no need for personal change - those they blame must change.


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