Caleb Ramsby, thank you for so eloquently laying out some of the details I couldn’t bear to address in nearly as calm a manner (it was extremely hard for me to write this, and is a huge part of the reason I kept it simplified). You highlight some extremely important dynamics and aspects that go into dehumanizing a people.
And thank you for connecting it back to what is happening now. “Islamism”, yes. The latest scapegoat in a long line of pain and terror. It is only when we believe our lives are in danger that we can commit such unbelievable horrors.
Because the rational mind sees through the lies. But activating fight or flight mode bypasses this. There is an actual psychological, physiological “hack” to this. And those who seek power by putting people like Trump in charge know this and take advantage of it.