I recently posted a LONG blog about why ISIS has appeal to some people in the West.  Here is a summary:

  • It clarifies Ultimates — the grandest yearnings we humans can have
  • One can be convinced that one has access to these Ultimates
  • One will then have a sense of Sublime Achievement
  • A terrible Vulnerability comes along with one’s access to Ultimates.  When a symbol of one’s Ultimates has been desecrated, one’s identity is shattered.   For example, when devout Muslims believe that the Koran has been desecrated, they are convinced that their identity is shattered.

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