All Fundamentalists Are Insecure Believers

In a nutshell, here is what I think.

There is a fine line between defending what you believe in and blaming everyone else but yourself. It doesn’t matter what flavour you belong too, there seems to be a remarked similarity between all fundamentalists. It’s always the case, when people try and point out opinions that differ from the current stigma of their belief. Fundamentalists often cry foul and claim the opposing thoughts as prejudice, even heresy.

Why the need to keep pushing for those that don’t believe to believe? Why the need to shut out all influences aside from what’s dogmatically sanctioned by their belief? You can’t really claim you understand much less compare different faiths when you’re biased towards only one faith. It’s like trying to see the world through the pinhole of your box. It’s going to be very small indeed.

So for the longest time, I didn’t understand why fundamentalists are the way they are. Until recently that I began to realize that like people that easily get jealous over their partner, fundamentalists are no different. They are insecure over the course of their belief. It’s hard to claim that their faith in their belief is strong when they close themselves off to other influences with reasons of it being detrimental to what they believe in. It’s even harder to think that they are secure in their faith when they can’t take anything else with a pinch of salt.

Insecurity manifests itself in so many different ways. The fear of the unknown. The unwillingness to reach for what’s outside. The anger towards things that have nothing to do with the subject at hand and at the smallest things. The belief that whatever you do is right and others are wrong. To all of us who has had a jealous insecure partner, how this any different from fundamentalists?

In some ways, I’d have to sympathize with people like this. Only because they can’t help themselves. People with strong faith leave it between themselves and God. Their unwillingness to be shaken from their faith and principles doesn’t affect or impair their ability to judge what’s sensible and what’s reasonable. They hold true to their dogmatic laws and despite it all, they understand that other people are different and with that, people respect them for it. After all, you don’t find many people with faith this secure.

So as much as I would want to sympathise with religious fundamentalists for all their insecure ways, you’d have to remind yourself that sometimes people go too far and like a child that needs to be reminded of the clear line between right and wrong, that whatever we choose to believe in exists between us and whatever faith we devote ourselves in. At the end of the day, what remains are the people secure enough to hold on to their chosen road in between the winding path that lies in front of them.

After all, you can’t hide from the world forever, no matter how much you try. We all got to grow up sometime, it all starts with opening our doors and stepping out there into the open.

5 thoughts on “All Fundamentalists Are Insecure Believers

  1. Indeed. Their faith, so closed off to the outside world, can be likened to superstition. If they are open to discussion and the questioning of what they believe in or certain points of it and yet it holds up such refutation–doesn’t their argument become that much stronger? It all seems so hypocritical to me.

  2. Kyle: That isn’t so bad, unless of course she starts going on about how modern civilisation is bad for you and you shouldn’t buy into it.

    Estarla: Yeah, cultural superstition is no different from it. The irony is, religions have been trying to exterminate age old superstitions for centuries. Turns out that for the most part, it’s either become part of the religion or the religion is just as bad as the superstition.

  3. I think you nailed it here. My mother became more of a fundamentalist in her Christian beliefs when I was about 15. Looking back on it now, and looking back on the things that were going on in her life, I feel the reason she did it was because (from her perspective) it was the only thing she had to trust/hold onto. Of course, logically, that is untrue, but we all emotionally give in to a number of fallacies, I think.

    The thing I have learned to do with her, and with those like her (of any faith), is to allow them to say anything they want to me, about any of it. I could be assertive and say I disagree, but it doesn’t matter; you will be shot down for it. The best you can do is what we on the other side often accuse them of not doing: leading by example, rather than with speech. One of the best things for my mother has been to see me, an agnostic who she once said had problems in life due to a lack of faith (hahaha!), do well in life, seemingly “despite” my unfaithfulness. If you can show a fundamentalist, through example, that you are a moral person, a person who is trying to be successful in your niches, I think many will respect you and maybe come out into the real world a bit more.

    Fundamentalist beliefs are always preached on with an ample dose of fear the unknown, the possible (of hell, of pain, of war, etc.). It’s no wonder followers of such beliefs are insecure themselves and yet are unable to see what the source of their fears truly is.

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