About Puppets (Reason) and Puppeteers (Emotion)

The human mind is a battleground of contending forces, where the two most powerful are reason and emotion: reason assesses life, and produces measures that are adaptive, to the best of its ability; emotion, by-and-large, operates on feelings. Ordinarily, an uneasy truce prevails between the two generally incompatible powers. Islam is an intensely emotional authoritarian system of belief. Hence Islam induces powerful emotional imprinting in a large percentage of its adherents. It is from this segment of the Muslim population that the fanatic jihadists arise and pose existential threats to the “other.” The jihadists are rigidly-imprinted foot-soldier Islamic automatons that have little choice but to carry out the fatwa and…

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