Stockholm Syndrome

I have difficulty understanding how any reasonably critically thinking person can have the faith of Islamic Jihadist extremists who have a goal to maim and kill “unbelievers.” I agree with Francis Bacon that the deeper and more absurd the faith, the deeper it appears to be engrained. Once a faith is embedded in one’s solipsistic reality it is extremely difficult to change. No wonder so many horrific things are done as an auto-da-fe (act of faith). Harris stated that, “central to most religious practice is a child acceptance of authoritarian dogma as an act of faith.” (1969) Faith amounts to the Stockholm Syndrome of kidnapping young hostages (against their will) and through indoctrination solicit their brains and bring them into compliance and alliance with religious beliefs. Faith is a blatant and arduous master-minded and single-minded exercise in capturing young minds. Faith is Limbic Brain imprintation of religious viewpoints and prejudices. Once early 0-7 age indoctrination has been implanted and encased in young brains, this stubborn organ is unreceptive to new contradictory information. Religious implantation is a dire radicalizing dogmatism that will lead to discriminatory practices towards anyone who dares to question their faith. Religious dogmatic captivity becomes an unthinking reactivity and a defensive closed-mindedness.

stockholm syndrome

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