What exactly is civilization, what does it mean to be civilized and is it, as a marker of human progress on the brink of it becoming irrelevant? The Dictionary defines ‘Civilized’ as having a highly developed society and culture plus showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, ethical, and acting in a reasonable way. It can also mean being ‘nice’ and ‘polite’ but that is more about manners than believing it is ok to throw two men off an office block roof for being gay, one of the latest IS ethical management systems. Sadly it is probably too late for Muslims to behave in a way that does not raise ‘warning’ responses to the average man and woman in the street. Bikie Gangs do the same, those metallic carthorses, the leather and the patches raise fear because they are associated with harm. Men and women in clothing that is associated with being Muslim, be it right or wrong, is now eliciting fear within the community and that is fear of harm. You can poo poo it but we are an animal that learns by what we experience and when we see enough we develop instincts, it is a part of animal protective behavior, biological not logical. If we were exposed for years to blonde women calling for the death of redheads and killing them off in the same way as IS is killing people who do not support their ideals, the effect would be exactly the same, a Barbie Doll would scare you to death. Pavlov showed that we are conditioned by change and able to be changed by those who would want to recondition us. Maybe we are witnessing the advent of the Civilized needing to abandon their moral mores to be able to be a force against IS for their concept is a complete anathema to almost any current-day social group. If that means a radicalized counterpoint, it should come as no surprise.
Such is life.
Until for the next time this is Brodie Goozée