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I don’t really have much to say about the tragedy in Norway, but I must say something before I can write anything else.

A few hours after getting home to Stockholm, I was made aware about what was going down in Norway. A man planted a car bomb in the center of Oslo and coordinated an attack on a political youth camp, isolated on an island. Wearing a police uniform, he assembled as many as he could around himself and then started shooting.

The man was prepared for the aftermath and basically had a social press kit on the web, waiting for an audience as the death toll closed in on nearly one hundred innocent lives. In order to understand not only the man, but the fabric of his perception of the world, I read his manuscript on the web, and it’s perplexing. Methodically he lumps Islam, Nazism and Communism together, blaming them for a new world order of European Political Correctness, paving the way matriarchy, violence and totalitarianism, leaving him and a group of national “dissidents” out to be heroic but victimized freemasonry soldiers of Christianity.

What this teaches us is, that any belief system can quite easily be cemented with an ideological and theological framework.

During the initial hours of the attack when little was known about the mass murderer himself, the news media tried its hardest to pin the incident to islamic terrorists. When the terrorist turned out to be a Christian fundamentalist, the media suddenly began portraying the “lone gunman” instead, rather than acknowledging the fact that fundamentalist extremists ready to take lives resides in every extreme made up ideological and theological framework.

Dangerous and plain evil perceptions of the world must be acknowledged, simply because we can’t fight what we can’t see. Religious beliefs are comforting for people seeking answers where there aren’t any, but if they are allowed to exist without questioning of those beliefs, the downward spiral results in violence as the only logical outcome. It’s the Nihilistic Principle; that fundamental change can only be achieved through extreme punishment.

We need to question made up belief systems, not defend their right to dictate people’s lives. The terrorist thinks he’s going to some sort of Heaven, just like any religious terrorist prepared to die for some home cooked ideological and theological framework were they themselves are righteous heroes.

Managing evil within a society is difficult enough. Managing extremists who commits terrible acts with an imagined crown of righteousness is a different beast altogether.

I was invited by the Freemasons at one time to discuss my recruitment. I met with this highly upstanding and intelligent man on a train once and he asked me to stop by and out of respect and curiosity I did. As our conversation moved along, I soon realized that this incredible intelligent man definitely had his heart in the right place, but his view of the world had parts of fiction woven into it. I could tell he could no longer distinguish between them. And when I started to question his spiritual belief system with facts, he became hostile.

Religion in so many forms is a disease of the brain if not questioned at an early stage. If good is to prevail over evil, we need to make sure that the ‘good’ isn’t corrupted by false premises.

Today we mourn all those innocent lives lost and the fact that the man who took them away from us were allowed to believe he acted out of righteousness. Tomorrow, it’s our job not to tighten up security but to let all of those who live by false premises to understand that love and hate is something that springs from within human beings and not something that is dictated by any supernatural realm existing only to feed our vain illusions of righteousness.

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As the author of Doctor Spin, Jerry's passionate about online persuasion and public relations. He runs the agency Spin Factory, the community PR of Sweden, and the e-learning platform Spin Academy. Jerry lives in Stockholm with his wife Lisah and his son Jack. Click here to subscribe to Jerry's posts!

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