Despite Muhammad's invocation, "God favors those who restrain themselves," it has been interesting since I've been tracking the Islamic Small Wars -- about four years -- discerning how egotism (especially in regard to God's most personal favoring), narcissism, and sociopathy (complete lack of consideration for and empathy with others) play out in each theater.
Recently, I accidentally re-posted (on Facebook) the news of the execution of John Allen Muhammad, the Washington beltway sniper, and in retrospect see in him all of the hallmarks of one who would spoil for and provoke a large scale religious war. I can only imagine that in his head, he and his sidekick were the volunteer advanced guard working on the fringes of the Great Satan, licensed by God Almighty himself to murder with impunity.
My blog features a section titled, "Facsimile Bipolar Political Sociopathy" that tries to tease out this delusional, messianic, sociopathic narcissism that goes along with -- and this familiar on the individual level to those diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder -- loss of containment. So far off the norms are these types that the instructive "God favors those who restrain themselves" proves always true because from both evolutionary and social perspectives, modest strong self-containment is in the normative region of human nature and accounts for much that we call good behavior.
In the reference section of this post, all I've done is a quick look-up of two other American Muslim terrorists, each name and story becoming a window into the mentality driving such crimes.
Speaking as the "bum of the family" -- I think I got that notion from my dad . . . not that I believe it, but I, perhaps the family too, has paid a price for my being a pretty good photographer, writer, and musician -- the idea that I and my fellow humans possess ambition, identity, and a personal sense of mission, hidden or acknowledged, in our lives seems common, and those who "lose it" or "go off the deep end" or "have a breakdown" have, I believe, a great sense of their own theater while throwing caution, credit, and reputation (also their integrity, honor, and humanity) to the winds.
These that stain themselves before Allah with the want or reception of innocent blood may fit the same social-psychological class.
As mentioned early in the Facsimile Bipolar Political Sociopathy (FBPS) section, one must differentiate between the concerns psychology has with its focus on the individual's experience involving the mind and the social and political curiosity expressed in the FBPS concept.
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