One of my favorite quotes comes from the Bene Gesseret in one of my favorite novels, Dune, by Frank Herbert:
Fear is the mind killer.
When fear takes over, your mind turns off. And, when your mind is turned off, you do things that you would not normally do.
Hitler used fear to stir up hatred against the Jews, and six million Jews died. The Ottomans used fear to mobilize the people and the army, and 1.5 million Armenians died. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheik al Husseini, used fear to ignite the Arab Israeli conflict, and tens of thousands died.
A simple word that, in the hands of evil, has destroyed millions upon millions of lives.
And, you know that fear is at work whenever you hear shouting, anger, violence. Oh I know, there are other things at work as well, but fear lies at the heart of the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome.
The next time you get angry at someone or something, stop and ask yourself. What are you afraid of?
But, that’s a discussion for a different blog.
I’m more interested in the Muslim response to the Pope. The anger and violence as a result of his remarks tells us something very interesting about Islam.
They are afraid.