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I follow your deductions, but get stuck in the rough-edge categories you set as opposites:  The US vs. Islam, fundamentalists vs. founding documents, etc.  If I thought "humanism" wasn´t going to win, I´d give up.  

The obvious part is that economic-and-political power-mongers have played the religious extremists against the middle and let them step over the boundaries of the economic and political, as if they were interchangeable.  Blending religion with econ-politics is the explosive that has destroyed any balance.

The power of change is in people´s hands, but I´m afraid the apathy of those "consumer addled minds" will take time to reactivate the majority needed.  Given time to elect better leaders, fundamentalists will be set back to their limited fringes.  

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Thu Mar 1st, 2007 at 04:59:59 PM EST
in the solution process used by faith-based and evidence based thinkers.

That is where the war lies, and that is where the battle for minds must come from. To subvert the fundamentalist message, we have to remove the fertile ground of poverty and life despair it grows from, and that means cooperating, sharing, donating with the realization that there will be a payoff down the line.

On our side, it is necessary to behave rationally as an example and not drop into idiocy. Less ranting, more cool.

Align culture with our nature. Ot else!

by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Thu Mar 1st, 2007 at 09:23:33 PM EST
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My viewpoint more or less, with the proviso that since rationality can be very boring and unmotivational, we need to continue with humour, gusto, love and passion - even in the face of tragedy.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Mar 2nd, 2007 at 04:02:56 AM EST
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