Hi OT haven't seen you in a while. I agree with one thing you say, that guilt based thinking is a powerful tool, and we are all victims of it, but I don't agree why. Probably since the beginning of man Mothers have used guilt as a tool for raising the kids. Guilt trips never seem to end from childhood to adulthood, and every kid has been sent to bed feeling guilty, because we have a conscience and know right from wrong, Churches are experts at it, and Mom's marched us all to Sunday school or some sort. Raised Catholic, guilt is one of the primary ingredients. Anyone Catholic has a built in feeling of guilt all the time.
We are all "not worthy" and we are "all sinners". No matter how hard we try, we are brainwashed "it wasn't enough". Dare to think, just a little outside the box, and you are condemned for it. Cult religions and strict fundamentalists, are the worse for tolerance of thinking, with heavy guilt instilled for doing so. This is why so many churches have evolved that are much more moderate in thinking and acting. Maybe there is some truth to "if that is not enough" Muslims can convince radicals strapping on a bomb, is what is enough. Rather sick but when you boil it down, all religions seem to use a guilt based thinking. To take it to a level of Islamic terrorism is also a culture of complete oppression to brainwash to this degree.
All that said, we all grow up to have a moral compass and moral fiber, and 99.99% would never become a terrorist, because we know what is right and wrong. Including true Muslims following their religion. When does total oppression of the truth, and the brainwashing become the roots of Islamic bombers, that comes from societies that are not free to think. We are free to think and logic, but when the society we live in oppresses education, takes all rights away from women, you lack the truth of what is real.
Domestic terrorism may be another story all together. A total lack of family values, and a culture of ethnic neighborhoods, territories, not crossing into others, drugs and crime, and in most cases total lack of education. It is a self inflicted, self oppression of yourself to not want to learn when it is right in front of you. Clearly different from a oppressive Islamic society where no opportunity is given to you. In a way domestic terrorists are ignorant by choice to remain ignorant, where Islamic people do not know the difference. Clearly a stark difference between them, showing the pure stupidity of gangs. You want to blame the public schools for everything OT, but the kids who come out of Grade 12 prepared for college, seemed to overcome your idea of the public school system short comings. All the drop outs, the straight "F" students that are also gang members, starting from a very young age, followed their siblings in the "Hood", and were encouraged to become non-achievers in this horrible school system. So how to you blame the teaching of the school system for domestic violence and terrorism? The very bad school system you talk about produces our Doctors, Engineers, and people of higher level of thinking. Those who are the problems or our society, dropped out of, or never began to educate, because they were trapped in the life from the Ghetto.
The gang mentality is not so much of a guilt based thinking but a total fear based thinking where bad things will be done to you if you do not comply. Maybe the guilt based thinking is not such a bad thing, when we make decisions that are based on right and wrong. Our Mothers, and our Churches and Sunday school taught us right from wrong, even if part of it was via a guilt based logic. What are the results of a fear based logic in comparison? Even know guilt can be severely abused, it is also a thing we all grew up with, and may be better people for.