An ideology is a set of opinions or beliefs of a group or an individual. Very often ideology refers to a set of political beliefs or a set of ideas that characterize a particular culture. Capitalism, communism, socialism, and Marxism are ideologies.
I’ve been hanging out over at the The Australian’s comment strings recently and things are getting a little heated with all the Anti-Islam sentiment over there.
I understand the concerns of The Anti-Islam movement in Australia. The overwhelming feeling from the Right seems to be the belief that Islam is a violent, oppressive, totalitarian ideology. Muslims in general, want a free ride, their own laws and refuse to assimilate with the rest of ‘us’. There are various arguments to support this stance. We could cover them in more detail but let’s just sum it up in the below video so we can take the view point and move on:
This post is, after all, about phasing violent ideologies out of Australia, and out of the world.
And the best place to do this is to start with ourselves.
1) Scratch the surface a little for a broader point of view
It is fine to be worried about violent ideologies that threaten our way of life. We have a vision for the human race. We want the world to be a better place.
But it is pointless to lay the existence of violent ideology at the feet of one group alone.
For violent ideologies to thrive, they need fuel and an appropriate breeding ground. I have compiled a short list below with links to illustrate things that contribute to both.
- Europe’s inaction on interventions which literally gives America a limitless lead when it comes to ‘policing the world’.
- ISIS – A result of the ‘war on terror‘
- The world bank and the IMF who don’t seem to be fulfilling the roles that they were set up for.
- Our society of debt and money created from nothing.
- The role of massive Eastern and Western nations in exploiting the natural resources and infrastructure of poorer nations.
- The role of multinational corporations in exploiting the natural resources and infrastructure of poorer nations.
- The descent into civil war and anarchy of countries where leaders are corrupted by power and have betrayed their own people.
- The UN and their pandering to OIC.
- Structural violence
Not the kind of stuff you usually read? Then it’s exactly the kind of stuff you should be reading if you’re looking to open your mind a bit. Not with a view to changing how you think necessarily. More to get an idea of how the other side thinks. We don’t need to agree with each other to understand each other better.
2) Get yourself some perspective.
Perspective can be a wonderful thing in society, if it isn’t being blanked out by a wave of emotion.
Take this string on refugees for example, note the very abhorrent language used by some people who are so opposed to ‘violent ideologies’ and the amount of times everyone in a certain demographic gets tarred with the same brush.
These people lack perspective. If they had any, they would realise that the refugee problem is not a product result of the Islamic quest for world domination.
I don’t want human beings coming to our shores on boats either. It shouldn’t be happening. But the reason it is happening is because these human beings have lost their right to a life that should be stock standard for any human being living in an intelligent civilization. This is a global problem.
So when I see people expressing sentiments of ‘blowing refugees up at sea’. Claims of these people being ‘Economic Refugees’. Statements like ‘good’ when another lot of people in need get turned away or ‘go back and fight for your country’ when the leaders of the free world are one of the big reasons it was put to ruin in the first place – I see some pretty extreme points of view from the privileged.
I see a lack of perspective and a lack of desire for it.
Because if you want to see someone blown up at sea or turned back in the midst of brutal suffering – you may as well have pulled the trigger yourself
3. Get your own house in order.
Australian Muslims should be rising up against the extremists in their culture to put a stop to this threat and show their solidarity with the Australian public.
Now I’m all for rising up against extremists. I would like to see a massive Muslim revolution against their own oppressive regimes.
But let’s not be hypocrites about this.
If we are examples of good humans, then shouldn’t we be rising up against the extremists in our midst?
Shouldn’t we be eliminating hate speech in our online forums and in the Facebook groups we frequent? Shouldn’t we be sending people with inflammatory comments and extremist points of views running for the hills? Shouldn’t extremist groups like these be copping an absolute thrashing and lynching? Shouldn’t we be tearing down bikie clubhouses and gangsters responsible for the crack epidemic that is one of the most structurally violent terrorist attacks ever perpetrated against our good nation?
Because if we aren’t out there doing that, that is the same as giving people special treatment. That is the same as people not speaking out. It serves to demonstrate a certain lack of perspective and a certain lack of courage.
Yet, when we ask Muslims of Australia to integrate into society and stand up to their elements of extremism, we are asking them to show courage. A little respect could be a great step to achieving that.
In my belief. We can eliminate violent ideologies by bringing people back together. By strengthening things on our home soil first.
Not through outrage and prejudice.
But through fierce, respectful resolve, the language of strong peaceful values, and the demonstration of a willingness to build a nation that we can all be proud to call home.
If that doesn’t work. At least we can all die knowing that we weren’t some distorted reflection, of the very thing that we so despise.
Thanks for reading. Feel free to submit your arguments or agreement in the comments.