Is ISIS Really a Fundamentalist Organization? | Slavoj Zizek

[But are the terrorist fundamentalists really fundamentalists in the authentic sense of the term? Do they really believe? What they lack is a feature that is easy to discern in all authentic fundamentalists, from Tibetan Buddhists to the Amish in the United States — the absence of resentment and envy, the deep indifference towards the “nonbelievers’” way of life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If today’s so-called fundamentalists really believe they have found their way to Truth, why should they feel threatened by nonbelievers? When a Buddhist encounters a Western hedonist, he hardly condemns. He just benevolently notes that the hedonist’s search for happiness is self-defeating.                                                                                                                                                 In contrast to true fundamentalists, the terrorist pseudo-fundamentalists are deeply bothered, intrigued and fascinated by the sinful life of the nonbelievers. One can feel that, in fighting the sinful other, they are fighting their own temptation.

This is why the so-called fundamentalists of ISIS are a disgrace to true fundamentalism.]

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