In the land of the blind the man with one eye is king, because when man no longer dreams the doors of perception will forever remain shut. Communication has over 100 definitions according to F. X Dance, yet as a species communication has been a plague to society before the separation of black and white or rich and poor. In the short film, Why they hate us? Reporters, scientist, and religious leaders attempt to find the reason why the people of Islam have such a great hate for the American people.
There are a plethora of instances that these people have depicted their hate from 9/11 to the shootings at nightclubs, yet the reasoning behind all of this has never truly been addressed. After watching this short film, I will relay as well as uncover the facts behind the reason the people of Islam hate Americans. In any case, according to the film extremist hate, “Muslims living in the modern world as well as the modern world itself”, which is why in most instances the people killed by these terroristic acts are Muslim.
These extremists resent American democracy, as well as how Americans loyally support their government system which has been “leading a war against Islam and Muslims”. In most cases, these extremist use their religion to support their acts against Americans, because the Quran encourages intolerance and violence. An example of such intolerance is how in the Quran it states that homosexuals should be put to death which is why when they perform these acts they quote verses from the Quran.
Another example of this intolerance is in the Quran when it states, “Don’t bother warning the disbelievers. Allah has made it impossible for them to believe so that he can torture them forever after they die”, which is the opposite of the Christian belief of spreading the gospel to non-believers. On the other hand, this in itself is a miscommunication of the messages of Allah, which shows a pure ignorance of the meanings in the verses of the Quran, as well as the teachings in the religion itself.
An example of this ignorance was mentioned in the film itself, how a group of extremist expected to receive 72 virgins for being martyrs. While the word virgin was misinterpreted I from the Quran, the message itself in the book meant that these martyrs would receive 72 raisins. This misinterpretation occurred as a result of not doing research of the word virgin and in turn lead to vile acts, and the deaths of many people. Yet, these Jihads are acting on what they read and the messages they get from their reading are completely wrong, which wouldn’t be the first misinterpretations of the Quran.
On the contrary, there is a connection between the religion and these violent act overall, but extremist have the same beliefs as other Muslims, but these extremists take the words of the Quran literally and respond. In the Christian belief the bible says to stone all non-believers yet in our time we don’t see this occurring. The simple fact is that Christians aren’t taking the words of the bible literally, rather they are using them to live a life based upon faith. So what drives these patriots so deep to turn planes into bombs, and teach in their schools that, “America is he devil”?
What drives these very same people to teach mere children to kill? Well the answer to this is simple, the goal of ISIS is to create and thrive off of the fear in the American people. All things considered, these people have come to the belief that, “We sit aside the world, we protect the world, and the world bemoans the protector”, which is a message that has come across because the greatest super power in the world we as a country feel the need to protect the rest of the world, which often times is disliked because “it isn’t our business”.
Now the origin of the ISIS objective comes from an Egyptian student in Colorado in the year of 1949, who was at an event where the song Baby it’s cold outside, was playing. He was horrified and disgusted by how Americans interacted with one another, our “animal like mixing of sexes, lips meeting lips, chest meeting chest, halls filled with legs, and the worst of all the outline of women’s breast. This student later became a powerful force in the government and long after he died, his message still remained, and had an effect on people similar to how magic bullet works in mass media.
His messages remain in the subconscious of his followers and those who listen to his messages which is how the Al Qaeda came into creation. In relation, the question of are these people entitled to carrying out their actions as a result of these believes making them either right or wrong. To begin, I’d like to identify by clearing up a lack of knowledge in my previous statement, because when I say the words they or these l am not referring to all Muslims rather extreme radicals.
In this generation the statement, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, is a common believe which isn’t exactly correct. The problem with this statement is that all too often it is used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. This statement has become an alibi or rather shorthand for people to say “I can say or think whatever I want to”, and by this extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. As a result, this perspective instantaneously fuels the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse.
Opinions” currently now range from tastes or preferences, through views about questions that concern most people such as prudence or politics, to views grounded in technical expertise, such as legal or scientific opinions rather than being based upon facts or research. Now after saying all of this these extreme radicals are in the wrong about both their beliefs and actions because they aren’t based upon any research or facts, they are based upon pure feelings, ignorance, and subconscious messages based through eras of time.
There isn’t a single human being entitled to carry out their opinion, because then everyone would, dragging the realm of perception into a deeper bound. Water is wet, and what goes up must come down otherwise known as gravity, now the first statement is a fact while the second is a law which both exist to keep people’s behavior in check for their own good. Without their existence a society is bound to a state of chaos, a society with people acting on pure emotion is anarchy. Such a state is called anarchy and is a state of disorder due to lack of disorder.
Also, there is the debate of who benefits more from the others exist “us or them”. This concept comes from the term cultural imperialisms which according to Cambridge dictionary is “the way of life of a particular people, esp. as shown in their ordinary behavior and habits, their attitudes toward each other, and their moral and religious beliefs”. In class we defined cultural imperialism as one people colonizing another taking on their culture and beliefs. An example of this is how the African people from the film used American technology such as lights, cameras, YouTube, and much more to produce a show that showed their culture.
And this instance both America and Africa benefitted, because Americans were able to learn about another culture and the African people were able to use American devices to produce such a show. As a consequence, many people believe that America hasn’t benefited, but we just haven’t benefitted as much as other cultures. In class we discussed how if you interfere with one facet of a culture you alter other facets, and an example of this is the wedding in the African play.
The son of the Chef had been around American people and picked up on both our religious believes and culture from how he dressed to how he wanted to get married. We touch many aspects of their culture here in American helping other cultures express themselves and even changing those cultures themselves. All in all, other cultures benefit more than Americans from cultural imperialisms. In addition, while on the topic of cultural imperialism two main cultural dimensions come to mind both individualistic and collectivistic cultures.
Individualistic culture according to google is, “is a society which is characterized by individualism, which is the prioritization, or emphasis, of the individual over the entire group. Individualistic cultures are oriented around the self, being independent instead of identifying with a group mentality”. In individualistic cultures, the individual is the peak rather the most important element of any social setting, and in the United States each individual’s actions are based upon their own amount of utility.
Which is why the United States is considered an individualistic culture. The individualistic culture is a low-context culture, where “the listener knows very little and must be told practically everything. This culture tends to emphasize highly structured messages, give details, and place great stress on words and technical signs”. By the same token, collectivistic culture exist which according to google is, “One that’s based on valuing the needs of a group or a community over the individual. Kinship, family, and community are extremely important.
People tend to work together to create harmony and group cohesion is extremely valued”. Collectivistic cultures focus more on the group as a whole which is moreover in consideration to immediate and extended families whom views and needs are emphasized. People are also expected to be interdependent and show respect for the group’s norms and values. The Collectivistic cultures is a, “high-context culture where the listener is already oriented and does not need to be given much background information”.