Response to Facing Extremism

by Thierry_Judge on March 28, 2016 - 9:33pm

The definition of “extremism” that I found was from the Oxford Dictionaries. It stated that extremism was: “The holding of extreme political or religious views; fanaticism”. I had a few problems with this definition for two main reasons. The first was the fact that more than just political or religious views can be considered extreme and the second, the biggest problem, was that defining the word “extremism” with the word “extreme” did not make any sense to me. It makes the definition very vague and unclear. The film Facing Extremism, however, explained and defined extremism in a much better way because it gave concrete examples, which can broaden our perspective about the subject. The filmed showed that there is much more to extremism to terrorists and that it does not only happen far away. Examples such as white supremacists, racism, homophobia and others showed this very well. The movie defined the word “extremism” much better because it was more complete and not only gave a definition but an explanation. It demonstrated why people are tempted by these extreme behaviors. Reasons, such as fear and ignorance helped understand, without excusing, people's actions.

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