Friends, this week my wife and I saw the film Malala about a Pakistani teenager who won the Nobel Prize. Beautiful film. When Malala’s father was asked, “What brought about the shooting of your daughter,” he answered, “ideology.” And he was correct. Once someone is successful in pounding an ideology into our heads, we are no longer free agents because we now have a Dear Leader to think for us. Everything must go through the filter of our adopted ideology. But that is cultish, and that is what leads people to shoot teenagers. Because of their stupidity, which is part and parcel of their ideology.
St Tomas Aquinas said, “Whatever is received is received through the filter of the receiver.” And if your filter is all filthy, you’re not receiving anything. The Taliban is pictured in the film Malala, and they are afflicted with the filter of fundamentalist extremism, and every religion has adherents blinded by similar fundamentalist filters that are very dangerous. Extremism is a danger in every religion. Once you feed on an ideology, you are trapped in a from of madness. Read More