Follow-up homework on defining "Extremism"

by Sarmista Das on March 18, 2016 - 12:55pm

After viewing the film Facing Extremism (http://www.visiontv.ca/facing-extremism/), post a reponse that addresses your understanding of "extremism." In this response, you should include a discussion of the definition of extremism you found for the last NewsActivist assignment.  An example of a post might be this: Initially, when I read the Dictionary.com definition of "extremism," I found that __.  I thought this definition was too broad because ___.  After watching the film Facing Extremism, I can see that ___.

 

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The definition from oxforddictionnaries.com of “extremism” included the following: “not normal […] to most people”, which is the part of the definition that I thought was inaccurate or at least too vague. The “norm” is, in most cases, hard to define. Also, it is not because the vast majority of people support certain ideas that they are not extremist. History has proven that the masses can carry out very extremist and horrible actions against minorities. For me, I think that the film Facing Extremism from visiontv.ca, did a better job at portraying “extremism”, which was predictable, since a short definition does not really stand a chance against a 45-minute film to explain something as complex as “extremism”. First, I liked that the film showed various types of extremism: homophobia, racism, anti-abortion extremism and religious extremism, which shows to the viewer that terrorism is part of extremism, but is only one among many other kinds of extremism. Also, I think that the video was right in saying that ignorance about the group that is being persecuted by another extremist group is what nourishes extremism in most cases. For example, Arno Micheals, former white supremacist, was trying to ignore kind acts that Black people were doing for him. This was his way to keep hating them, but when all these kind actions suddenly struck him, he realised that what he had been doing during all these years was wrong. Finally, I would have liked if the video had shown extremism in other cultural contexts, because “extremism” is a relative concept. Thus, it would have been relevant to see what is considered extremist in countries outside of North America.

When I first read Merriam-Webster’s definition of “extremism”, I found that it was an appropriate definition for the general meaning of the word. After reading the definition, I understood the difference between extremism and terrorism and that extremism does not always imply violence. I also learned that the word “extreme” is relative because it depends on what most people consider the norm based their values. I only realized after watching the film Facing Extremism that the definition I read is quite broad. Several different types of extremism were discussed in the film that I had not considered before. When I hear the word extremism, I first think of it in terms of religion or race. However, the film touched upon other types of extremism, like honour killing, anti-abortion movements and homophobic extremism. Also, the film’s take on extremism was interesting because we were able to hear the perpetrators’ side of the story instead of only the victims. This gives us insight into the reasoning behind an extremist’s actions and helps us further understand the causes and nature of extremism.

The definition for "extremism" I found was from Collins Dictionary. It states that extremism is "of, relating to, or characterized by immoderate or excessive actions, opinions, etc." It also defines an "extremist" as "a person who favours or resorts to immoderate, uncompromising, or fanatical methods or behaviour, especially in being politically radical". This definition represents exactly the idea I had on the topic. Even though extremism nowadays often makes reference to political and religious issues, such as terrorism, the term did not always make reference to the same ideas in history. Feminism, for example, was once considered extreme. What is perceived as extremist depends on the time and location. It also varies from culture to culture. Nonetheless, there are some issues that are globally more accepted than others as being extremist. I think that except from the fact that the dictionary does not provide the aspect of extremism being time and culture specific, the definition that is given by Collins Dictionary generally confirms my ideas on the topic. After viewing the film "Facing Extremism", I can see that there are many different ways of defining extremism. There are also different types of extremism such as pro life extremism and terrorism. Nowadays, what is perceived as extremism often has to do with violence and hate. The documentary focused mainly on young Muslim men and the way that they are lured to extremism. The film also discussed a case where extremism was present in the music industry, and the fact that the exposure of hate speeches represents a serious issue in the media. The film added to a lot of aspects concerning extremism that were not mentioned in the definition given by Collins Dictionary. The movie helps provide a better understanding of this social issue by expanding on many important points of the topic that the dictionary did not discuss.

When I first read the definition of “Extremism” in the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary stating that extremism is the “belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable”, I thought that it was a good and representative definition. After viewing the short documentary Facing Extremism from visiontv.ca, I feel like the definition I prior deemed adequate is no longer an accurate representation of what extremism means. The dictionary’s common definition makes extremism a less important issue than what it really is as extremism in that case is merely that result of the diverging opinion of an individual from the rest of society. In reality, extremism is a much more complex phenomenon, it is not only a diverging opinion, but a belief and support of ideas that are morally wrong and have no concrete founding yet is the root of such severe violence and hatred. Moreover, the film allowed for extremism to be seen is various situations, with different kinds of people representing the extremist view. This gave made me realize that the “most people” used to define extremism in the dictionary are so variable that it appears as if it is almost a no longer valid method to identify extremism. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary also had a sub-definition which said that extremism “advocacy of extreme measures or views” which is also linked to radicalism. I believe that this definition holds some truth of the definition of extremism and was most certainly explored in the film. The film looked at a few cases of extremism in different settings and in terms of different ideas being supported but the cases where the interviewees were ex-members of extremist groups, the advocacy of the extreme views played a definite role in the behaviour and most importantly to their identification with that group. For example, Arno Michaels, a former white supremacist explained how in order to recruit new members he would explain their ideology to him and ultimately transfer his beliefs and create a new perpetrator of hate. In sum, I believe the film Facing Extremism gave a stronger definition of extremism and allowed me to have a deeper understanding of this issue due to its multiple view approach and the testimonies of ex-extremists or victims of extremism and how they deal with that aspect of their lives.

When I first read the definition of “Extremism” in the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary stating that extremism is the “belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable”, I thought that it was a good and representative definition. After viewing the short documentary Facing Extremism from visiontv.ca, I feel like the definition I prior deemed adequate is no longer an accurate representation of what extremism means. The dictionary’s common definition makes extremism a less important issue than what it really is as extremism in that case is merely that result of the diverging opinion of an individual from the rest of society. In reality, extremism is a much more complex phenomenon, it is not only a diverging opinion, but a belief and support of ideas that are morally wrong and have no concrete founding yet is the root of such severe violence and hatred. Moreover, the film allowed for extremism to be seen is various situations, with different kinds of people representing the extremist view. This gave made me realize that the “most people” used to define extremism in the dictionary are so variable that it appears as if it is almost a no longer valid method to identify extremism. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary also had a sub-definition which said that extremism “advocacy of extreme measures or views” which is also linked to radicalism. I believe that this definition holds some truth of the definition of extremism and was most certainly explored in the film. The film looked at a few cases of extremism in different settings and in terms of different ideas being supported but the cases where the interviewees were ex-members of extremist groups, the advocacy of the extreme views played a definite role in the behaviour and most importantly to their identification with that group. For example, Arno Michaels, a former white supremacist explained how in order to recruit new members he would explain their ideology to him and ultimately transfer his beliefs and create a new perpetrator of hate. In sum, I believe the film Facing Extremism gave a stronger definition of extremism and allowed me to have a deeper understanding of this issue due to its multiple view approach and the testimonies of ex-extremists or victims of extremism and how they deal with that aspect of their lives.

The definition of extremism I found previously was from Merriam-Webster, which defined it as the "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable" and the "advocacy of extreme measures or views." I mentioned earlier that this definition suggests that the basis of classifying behaviour as "extremist" differs from person to person, because what is considered "extreme" depends on what most people in a community consider reasonable. The film "Facing Extremism" helped me to further understand the concept of extremism through its interviews with former extremists. Interestingly, the extremists surrounded themselves with people that had similar beliefs. As a result, they did not really consider themselves to be extreme - they truly believed that their beliefs and actions were justified and logical. When forced to momentarily leave these communities, they often selectively ignored any situation or thinking that would oppose their extremist beliefs, even when it went against reason and logic. I found this fascinating because this seems to be a general pattern in all human behaviour. Everyone tries to surround themselves with people of similar beliefs as much as possible, so that they are not seen as extreme.

The definition of the word "extremism" that I found is from the Merriam-Webster dictionary and states that extremism is the "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable". I commented that, according to me, this definition is accurate, but fails to mention a key concept when it comes to extremism. It omits that what is considered "extreme" changes through time, and according to different individuals or groups. After watching the film "Facing Extremism", I found that my comment resonated true. However, the film mentioned another aspect of extremism which I had not talked about. It showed that violent extremists often act in groups, which allows for a sort of collective consciousness to reign. The individuals within the group all seem to simply adopt and echo preconceived paranoid ideologies, rather than thinking for themselves. They are reassured that their ideologies are true by other individuals in the group, and become outraged and aggressive when these ideas are challenged outside the group, rather than to try and defend them intellectually. This is, of course, because there is no intellectual defence for things such as racism. As such, the extremists feel more comfortable surrounded by their groups and people who share the same ideas, as their ideas cannot be challenged, and are reinforced. Extremism seems to be popular amongst people who are looking for meaning in their lives, and who are outcasted, which leads them to search for a place where they belong and feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves. Extremism also seems to be a vehicle for scapegoating, as people who cannot find the source of their problems come together to paint a common enemy.

The definition of extremism previously found in the online Merriam-Webster dictionary states that it is the "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable". At first, I thought that this was a little bit vague, considering that extremism is a really complex idea that cannot be perfectly defined in one short sentence. I believe that extremism is a concept relative to a cultural background and thus, the term "most people" seems to be inappropriate in such a definition. After viewing the short documentary Facing Extremism in class, I feel like a have a better understanding of what is extremism and why people might have a tendency to join what we may call extremist groups. The fact that various types of extremism were shown is really interesting and gives examples of how extremism might be present in society. I think that the most interesting part of the film was that, not only were we presented with stories of people having suffered from extremism movement like homophobic group, anti-abortion movement and religious extremism, but we were also offered the stories of people having taken part in extremist activities. Most of them explained that they were doing so by ignorance of those they were hating. In brief, Facing Extremism does provide a more complete definition of extremism by providing testimonies of both victims and perpetrators of different kind of extremism and by showing us how extremist groups can manage to rally people.

When first reading the Chambers definition of extremism, I found that it was not as dynamic as extremism really is. To elaborate, its definition talks about “holding extreme beliefs”, though I believe extremism transcends this definition and involves the implementation of these beliefs. To me, extremism revolves around doing, and not just thinking; this is why I preferred the film "Facing Extremism". This film supplies a wide array of different types of extremism, however they were all connected to the central idea of terrorism. Extremism does not necessarily mean terrorism, even though they share some traits. That being said, the film did show extremism is ever changing and how it is based on applying your beliefs. In addition, the film helped illustrate the different types of extremism we may not necessarily face on a daily basis. It served as a reminder that there are many different types of extremism, and not only religious extremism. This is important seeing as we mostly hear about this type of extremism and often forget about the different types of radicalism people around the world have to face.

Before the viewing of the film Facing Extremism, I had read Merriam-Webster’s definition of extremism which states that extremism is the "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable". This definition helped me understand what was perceived as extremism, but it did not directly make reference to the use of violence. On the other hand, in Facing Extremism, there was a direct link made between being extremist and propagating violence. The movie showed more in depth where extremism comes from. It demonstrated how extremist people are constantly living with the fear of others and are ignorant of how they truly are. It helped me understand what was going through the mind of someone with extremist beliefs. The movie demonstrates how extremists blame their problems on those who are different from them. Their hatred is encouraged by other members of their group and propagated to people who seem vulnerable to their message.

Before viewing the film "Facing Extremism", I read the Merriam-Webster definition of extremism which defined the term broadly. The definition states that extremism is the "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable." This definition did not limit itself to religion, ethnicity or ideology which I found interesting as it rightfully left room for various applications. The documentary we viewed last class confirmed this definition as various forms of extremism were depicted through religious views and ethnic discrimination notably. The film also showcased the constant fear of others that prevails in all extremists. This fear, initially ignited because of ignorance and close-mindedness, pushes the mind to repress the differences and develop profound hate for them. Although extremism was applied to different situations in the film, they were all similarly violent and were all meant to cause harm. Another aspect that I found quite interesting was how ex-extremists were able to talk about their transition away from the profound hatred. This evolution is never really mentioned in the media so I found it neat to realize that some people had learned from their mistakes and had realized that their hatred and closure was unfounded and was caused by ignorance

Previously, I searched the definition of the word "extremism" on dictionary.com. It defined extremism as "a tendency or disposition to go to extremes, or an instance of going to extremes, especially in political matters." I was not satisfied with this definition as it was not very clear nor complete. It portrays extremism as an acquired personality trait or a momentarily lived experience, and it uses the word "extreme" without really defining what "extreme" is. Moreover, it confines extremism mainly to political matters, yet extremism can and does occur in other contexts such as those regarding religious beliefs, cultural aspects, etc. The film Facing Extremism provided a much better and complete definition of extremism by exploring those different aspects in which extremism occurs. It presents a perspective of extremism from both the victims' and the former-extremists' point of views. This film has taught me that extremism is a radical and irrational way of thinking based on fear of the unknown or of change. What leads people to become extremists is fear of something different than what they believe is right or what they were taught is right as children. An irrational hatred of certain groups or individuals develops from that fear. Oddly enough, some of these extremists, such as the former white-supremacist Arno Michaels, know that their thoughts are irrational, but they try to suppress their better judgement out of cowardice. Some of these people realize and accept later that their previous extremist thoughts were quite far-fetched and unsound thanks to random acts of kindness from the people they were hating on. Getting to know others and focusing more on the common qualities rather than the few differences dispels previous negativity towards those "different" individuals or groups. Thus, extremism is a radical or irrational mindset with regards to "different" peoples based on fear of the unknown caused by a serious misconception and exaggeration of differences between people.

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

The extremism movie we saw in class was very choking. Initially I though extremism was a very broad concept; subjective to who may judge the actions. Nevertheless, the documentary showed how hate and fear would be the main causes of extremist behaviours. The documentary might have been a little bias in the framing of extremism. Extremism was showed to be very common and violent behaviors. The main aspect expressed in the documentary was the cruelty and the indifference created by the "othering". It was quite interesting to observe how the victims would be forgiving. Most of them would simply not hold to feelings like hate and anger, while the people committing the crimes would be the most suffering people. The extremist actors would leave in constant anger and fear. They would leave in a horrible world of conspiracy through which they needed to always “fight for their survival” not trusting anyone who wasn’t like them. However, the most beautiful thing showed in the documentary was the kind and compassionate actions done towards the victims and the bullies. Those actions would transform the hatred of people one small step at the time. It would convert terrorists into kind, virtuous and peaceful people. Overall, my definition of extremism remained quite the same, the only difference being that the cruelty of people had no limits. In the same way the virtue in people was an amazing and should not be underestimated.

At first, when I read the Merriam-Webster definition of "extremism," I found that their definition of extremism, "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable" did not really get in depth into what extremism really is. This definition was too broad because it doesn't really give you an actual goo answer as to what extremism is. It only scratches the surface of the real world problem of extremism. Even with this definition of extremism, i was still confused as to what extremism actually was. After watching the film Facing Extremism, I can see that extremism is a lot more present than i could have ever imagined. There is a lot more extremism out there than just terrorists. There are also different types of actions when it comes to extremism and different people act upon it in different ways. For example, the man who was part of the skinheads became a skinhead because he was looking for a family and affection. When he was with his group of friends beating someone up he felt like he finally had a family. In the other hand, the father who killed his daughters was acting because he believed that was the right thing to do. He believed that he was serving his God by killing his daughters who were bringing shame to the family. With that in mind, I still believe extremism is a broad and complex thing. everyone has their own ideas of what extremism is and isn't. For me, killing your own daughters because they were bringing shame to their family is a form of extremism. But it might not be a form of extremism for someone who thinks differently and has different values than me. Therefore, the definition from the dictionary is not wrong; it just isn't complete either.

Initially, when I read the Meriam-Webster definition of “extremism”, I found that extremism was defined as ideas deviated from what people believe as “correct or reasonable”. This definition suggests that extremism is somewhat erroneous and irrational. This definition cannot be satisfactory to all people because it does clarify the criterion defining correctness and rationality. However, this definition is enough comprehensive to give people an idea of what extremism looks like. To further our understanding of this word, we would need to place this concept in a wider temporal and cultural context. For example, after watching the movie “Facing Extremism”, I understood that extremism, in the 21st century, more particularly suggests ideologies based on racial, religious and gender discrimination which incite hatred, prejudices and violence.

The first definition that I found was from the online Merriam-Webster dictionary. It defined "extremism" as the "belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable." I thought that this definition was way too broad mainly because it did not consider the cultural or social context of these beliefs or reason behind the support of these ideas. After watching the film "Facing Extremism", I find myself tending to think that extremism refers to radicalized religion or discrimination. When basing myself only on that movie, I have no reason to believe that everything that is extremist is bad and should be condemned. I believe that the movie did not present extremism in a world-wide accurate way; it only represented the american or western view of extremism. Good values pushed to the extreme are not always destructive. Of course, in the case of the muslim man that murdered his three daughters and their aunt in the name of honour is certainly a condemnable action. However, I once read about a man who gave away his kidney to a complete stranger, even though he had a wife and children and that they could need it one day. That, in my opinion, is extreme selflessness, but it is not the kind of extreme that we hear of.

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