The complex issue of why people would join any violent hatred driven group, be it a gang/terrorist/cult, is not easy nor can be solved in a simple manner. What is common in all these groups is the sense of belonging, needing a family/social peers to identify with, even if the group is abhorrently dysfunction. One of the factors that shows up in all the groups is this sense, I do not belong and then the anger that begins to seep and stew.
If you treat people as though they are inferior, look at them with disgust and hate, do you truly expect them to look back with love?
A majority of the time those who have been physically and emotionally abused by society will scoff it off learning to deal in this unwritten second class status, but some will let that anger dictate what direction they will take in life.
These are the ones that many times join the various gangs, cults, terrorists groups to find their perfect echo chamber that feeds off the hate they are mirroring back.
These groups are not just passively waiting for recruits, they are actively seeking young people especially who are full of passion and want to belong, they are driven to find and fit into their peer groups. And so when their immediate peer groups reject them, then they search elsewhere. Some will separate from society, letting that anger create a fantasy land that cuts them off from reality and some will find comradery in groups reflecting that pain and anger.
While the main center of these groups must be dealt with harshly in order to eliminate the rhetorical callings, what about those fractured individuals who are prone or get caught up in the fray. Diminishing the hate speech is one place to start, stop calling people vulgar names, insulting their religion, race, ethnicity, etc. And above all stop the fear mongering, threatening to criminalize a race, ethnicity, or religion, stop mocking the way a person looks or dress, stop saying they need to be put down or sent away…. it is not good for society as a whole.
Think about this yourself, would you want to be called names etc., if not then why do it to another. Do you like being the outsider who is mocked and bullied at school, at work, quietly walking down the street going home. Do you want to be told you are better off dead, you and your whole race, religions, etc.. If you are okay with that you truly need psychological help…. no one wants to be bullied even the bully dislikes it…
The article below is just one method to contracting hate and turning the tide by taking away from these groups a main source material: young lives. By investing in love, nourishing these kids in society, and seeing that they feel they are a part of society is one way and a positive one that has been demonstrated in many a study, to counter the violence etc.
When one feels an integral part of society crime goes down, violence goes down, hatred goes down… why? Simply, because if the land and society is part of you, as history shows people defend with words and in acts what is theirs..
off my worn soapbox that be used so much lately …..