Monday, October 26, 2009

Beyond Persuasion 

Anyone willing to die for a cause is usually beyond intellectual and emotional appeals. Even if apprehended in time, which in this case they were not, there is little chance that one can turn the individual around. It brings to mind other political groups, such as Japanese soldiers in World War II who were willing to die for the Emperor. One wonders why and how they were convinced in the first place. They were victims of cultural forces that persuaded them in a manner that allowed for no questioning. One does what one is told whether or not the order is moral, ethical or humanitarian. This kind of sickness pervades every society at one time or another. One can only hope to stop it before it gets out of control. Halting it can only be done by force. You get them before they get you. It is an unpleasant consideration for one who believes in the power of persuasion.


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