by Rowan Blair Colver.
The presence of extremist ideology is nothing new. Since we began writing down our thoughts and feelings, our human perspectives have always been used to describe events and circumstances throughout history. Some of us have down to Earth ways of thinking and some of us have skewed and biased ways of thinking. These biases arise naturally, more often than not, through a biased life experience which promotes some kind of unlikely equilibrium for them. Let's say they've witnessed a lot of racism and have been brought up to be utterly racist. For them to make a social error and make a racist decision can be explained by this and for a person brought up to be fair and just to make a racist decision would seem much more morally unstable for them and so they're unlikely to carry it out. This is an ever going factor in our society, we're easily programmed to believe certain things. These beliefs frame our future actions.
The danger posed by extremist ideology has been completely blown out of proportion by the media and the governments. The fear factor works, it turns heads and sells copies. We make less rational decisions when we're afraid plus we're more likely to turn to others for advice. If those others are those who prefer to use force and intimidation to get what they want, then this is when things begin to spiral into more fear.
It has been suggested that the youth of Britain should be given National Service as part of their 16 year old national curriculum. I can see the reasoning, discipline and character building are two great things that the military can provide. The problem with the military is that is has an aggressive style. Having been a child at the seat of aggressive teachers, I can say truthfully that this way of teaching does not always get results. It can destroy a child as well as build them. Destroying people is not a good thing. How else can we get discipline and character building, without so much attitude? Music lessons are a much cheaper way and they have a much greater scope for direction. The military offer guns with computers, guns with air-planes, guns with first aid kits, and guns with a brass band but music offers computing, production, a plethora of instruments, a brand new language, and requires hours of daily grind. We can play fast aggressive music, slow peaceful music or something in between. It's got everything the army has and more.
Rowan Blair Colver