by (((Reb Akiva))) @ (((Mystical Paths)))
[Digital Journal] “Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford University, said that recent developments suggest that we will soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs potentially harmful to society as a form of mental illness… said that radicalizing ideologies may soon be viewed not as being of personal choice or free will but as a category of mental disorder. She said new developments in neuroscience could make it possible to consider extremists as people with mental illness…
‘One of the surprises may be to see people with certain beliefs as people who can be treated…we might stop seeing that as a personal choice that they have chosen as a result of pure free will and may start treating it as some kind of mental disturbance… I am not just talking about the obvious candidates like radical Islam or some of the more extreme cults.’
‘The moral-ethical dimension arises from the predictable tendency when acting on the problem, armed with a new technology, to apply to the label "fundamentalist" only to our ideological opponents, while failing to perceive the "fundamentalism" in ourselves. From the perspective of the Western mind, for instance, the tendency to equate "fundamentalism" exclusively with radical Islamism is too tempting. But how much less "fundamentalist" than an Osama bin Laden is a nation of capitalist ideologues carpet bombing civilian urban areas in Laos, Cambodia and North Korea? The jihadist's obsession with defending his Islamic ideological world view which leads him to perpetrate and justify…barbaric acts…are of the same nature as the evangelical obsession with spreading the pseudo-religious ideology of capitalism which led to such horrendous crimes as the murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians in four years of carpet bombing operations by the Nixon administration caught in a vice grip of anti-communist paranoia. ‘
On a much larger and potentially more fruitful scale is the recognition that the entire domain of religious beliefs, political convictions, patriotic nationalist fervor are in themselves powerful platforms for nurturing "Us vs Them" paranoid delusional fantasies which work out destructively in a 9/11 attack or a Hiroshima/Nagasaki orgy of mass destruction. What we perceive from our perspective as our legitimate self-defensive reaction to the psychosis of the enemy, is from the perspective of the same enemy our equally malignant psychotic self-obsession.
So, anyone who belives in anything, especially and particularly G-d, is mentally ill. But believing that Osama Bin Lauden was a-ok and capitalism (which the author is engaged in to sell her views and books) is an evil ideology is a healthy view.
The problem is not that some neurologist is spouting such drivel, it’s that her particular very communist views are being touted as SCIENCE – and that should she actually be involved in the discovery of mental treatment for “strongly held positions”, she’s already stated what types of things she regards as normal and as abnormal. And it appears such views are being espoused more and more in the halls of academia, and being shoved down the throat of those who attend for an education.
We should all be worried about this 1984 future.