Combating the extremist with the opposite extremism only invites more extremists and extremism on both sides. We cannot afford to forget that extremism will only encourage other extremists. Therefore, we must be careful not to easily give way or sanction extremism, whether pro or con. In the immediacy of fear, or the hope of reprieve, the moderate might grasp for the extremist because of something that they believe that the extremist possesses, can retain, or achieve. Just as one may take a large handful of something as they reach into a covered bowl, hoping to retain a few or the select items that they want. They may grab for the handful, in the extremist, in the hope that a few may remain.
Remember the extremist is an opportunist and their bases are never more powerful than when the culture they reside in experiences actual, perceived, or fabricated attack. We must also not fall into the ‘false flag’ trap that the extremist may lay. Without this fear, real or imagined, the power as well as the influence of the extremist would be considerably diminished. The extremist themselves may not even necessarily believe in the more extreme or radical message. They may simply see it as a means to an end. Or worse, they may actually believe. If this is the case then many more, than if it was only pretense, can easily follow and become fodder.
Once the extremist finds an opportunity they will exacerbate and feed upon dreams, passions, concerns or fears. We must not forget that emotion can easily dominate over logic in a crowd. With the rhetoric of the extremist, practicality and even morality can become secondary. No matter where your loyalties or beliefs lie, the majority, and especially those that follow, will eventually pay the price for the extremists.
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Ever since Jeremy Boggess was a small child, he has felt that there would be a chain of events set in motion and that his task would be to help us all through those changes.
He was born in 1971 in the United States of America, and in 2016 moved to Europe. In the 2000’s he ran for the Idaho Senate several times as an independent with a desire to make a positive contribution to the lives of people. In 2008, while running for office, he self-published his first book of philosophical observations, Thoughts & Responsibilities. He graduated from Boise State University and Lewis-Clark State College with business degrees. Additionally, since childhood, he has studied philosophy and sociology because of his concern for the future of humankind.