Deconstructing extremist narratives

Deconstructing extremist narratives


As long as there are two people,
there will be no peace. Extremism on its own
is not necessarily a problem. Problems only arise when extremist views
are fueled by hatred or self-interest. Today’s world of extremities
calls for equally extreme measures. There’s nothing wrong with
having a commitment towards some issue. I myself have had
commitments to several causes. But this does not mean that I have
the right to force my views upon others. Disrespecting other people’s views
may be interpreted as a form of extremism. It’s a simple triad: God, nation, family.
Whatever falls within these, I am all for that, and I think
I can say both of us are all for that. That’s basically what Csongor described, and we’re against
whatever falls outside of these. We do not approve of such things, avoid-,
and if necessary, fight against them. We all want a nation that feels
like a home, where we are not persecuted because of our identity,
but may live in harmony with others. This is definitely something
that is common in most religions. Most people including me
identify the crucial role of the family. This is followed by
socialization acquired during school. Another potentially influential factor
is the urban-rural dichotomy. Individuals in same-sex relationships who
want to have children are still following the conservative rationale. Digitization has great significance. That is what defines young people today,
and defines them in a negative way. Social media in its current form
creates a kind of bubble around us that alters the way we perceive the world. The primary way to influence
the young generation is in online spaces. They basically change
the healthy views they have. What their families have passed on to them may be warped in this way and turned
into a completely new direction. If young people do not encounter
views that are opposed to theirs, they may become increasingly inclined
to subscribe to discriminative ideologies. I believe in the need for
unified ethics within education, perhaps reinforced by censorship. Children should be taught
how to apply critical thinking and interpret information, as that is
readily available and two clicks away. Young people today
are ashamed of their Hungarian heritage, which makes it
all the more important to stress that they should in fact be proud of it. In my opinion,
whether it be online or in real life, the views of deviant minorities
are grossly overrepresented, and much more audible
than normal majority views. These groups want to stress that
they exist and they also belong. Whether they be gays, Jews, Romani,
they also view themselves as Hungarians. However, this doesn’t mean that they
want to prescribe how others should act, or want to exclude those
not belonging to the given minority. They simply voice their interests,
which is a crucial task as these are under constant pressure. It is a popular liberal view that people
can choose what is normal for them. That’s just not true.
Normality was defined long ago, and that’s how it’ll stay. Humanity has always been diverse.
We have never clung to one single model. We must learn how to agree to disagree.
Learn to not injure or censor those with differing opinions,
which we try to destroy. A lot of times, we hear that
it is healthy if everyone is different. And they try to influence young people
whose identity is still pliable. If we offer children ready-made
answers concerning questions like the meaning of life,
the road to happiness, instead of making their lives easier, this will push them towards
some kind of extremism, due to either indifference, thinking
they know everything about the world, or to an acquired ideology
which they do not believe in, as it is not based
on their own experiences. We see an aggressive propaganda,
which is perpetrated solely by the Left, as we are excluded
and perpetually banned from Facebook, with no way to express ourselves. This is freedom of speech without freedom. We do not force young people
to see that they too are responsible, they too will
have to deal with this situation. They are not equipped with methods
to do so only ready-made doctrines of extremist ideologies. I strive for peace, not compromise.
I will stay committed to my own views. However, we must not delude ourselves:
there will never be peace on earth. I see the world and
the various nations as a kind of family. There may be conflicts, but the goal is to
be able to eat dinner together in peace. That’s the kind of coexistence
we have to learn and teach in order to establish
some sort of social harmony. Surely, it is better
to live in harmony than in war.

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