Identity, Community, and Purpose


 

I spent too much time writing this today.  And it went off course as if the robot sent me the wrong direction on GPS and I’m going the long way now instead of the most direct route.  I mean, I’ll still get where I’m going, but it’s going to take longer and the scenery isn’t all that good.

Let me bullet point now.

I was watching Face the Nation yesterday.

The panel at the middle of the show included the woman who made the highly watched Vice episode on the rallies, an ACLU member, and Christian Picciolini who founded Life After Hate.  To ensure everybody knows what that is, I’ll simply ctrl-c and ctrl-v.

Life After Hate is an American nonprofit organization co-founded in 2011 by Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi. Its mission is to help people leave hate groups, particularly white supremacy groups. In January 2017, the Obama administration awarded the group $400,000 as part of a grant from the Department of Homeland Security Countering Violent Extremism Task Force. However, DHS advisor Katharine Gorka and other aides of President Donald Trump decided to discontinue the grant in June 2017.

Picciolini had some good things to say.  And this is the point in which I get the title for this post.

Dickerson asked Picciolini why these groups exist.  The response was, “Ideology is not the driver for radicalization.  It’s a search for identity, community, and purpose.”

 

Isn’t that what we all want?  A little purpose?

The next part of my inefficient path was about religion.

And then I started talking about a post I wrote years ago with my musings on why people join ISIS.

It is all about quality of life and purpose.  It’s all about that.

And now I’m thinking about a post I wrote some time ago about racism.  Just pay people well.  Eliminate judgement.  Eliminate holding people back.

Too many of my posts have died a death I’m not willing to allow this one to die right now.  I can string words together, but it’s easy to untie the know and allow them to all fall off.

I’m going to tie this knot right now.  Keep these words together for now.

The problem with all of our society is greed.

The problem we have is that people want community and purpose.  They seek this with groups that welcome them in.  Right or wrong.  We all want to wake up thinking that there is a purpose today.  All of us.

The oppression people experience creates a disconnect.

If we raise the lowest level up and actually try to get some form of equality, we will find that our society will be better off for it.  Instead we spend all this energy idolizing the wealthy and the crazy.

It’s counterproductive.

And it leads people into places we shouldn’t want.

Because all anybody wants is a sense of identity, community, and purpose.  We can provide that, right?

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