The centuries old investment to make information “value neutral” has created two deadly vacuums in the body politic. 1. Our natural and innate structure of being longs for values. Their persistent absence causes a thirst that results in a voracious consumption of false, even violent value systems. 2. Modern people are not trained in how to assess values. As a result, great numbers of people become easy prey for extremist ideologies.
We read time and time again that members of sleeper cells are “highly educated.” They are doctors, lawyers, chemists, engineers, and seemingly “fully acculturated” in countries they eventually attack, often in the most heinous ways.
This bewilderment is telling, and in a way proof that we have come to a point that we do not accurately describe “educated” persons. We imagine that simply because they have commanded some external body of knowledge, like pharmacology, that they should be “educated enough” to “know better.”
But the fact is that they do NOT “know better.” How can that be? It is because what they should know, namely values that genuinely humanize and elevate students and professionals, has been stripped from education. The materialism rampant in medical, journalistic, and economic studies, leaves practitioners with a complete void in their “evaluation” capacities. They lack the capacity to recognize the sanctity of innocents, the preference for engagement and evolutionary progress, and other assumptions that used to be the tools of even the common person.
The problems described in the article below cannot be addressed by “greater security.” It can be addressed only by creating an increasingly “values literate” society.
Here are some parts of the article that raises these very important alarms and warnings:
PARIS — The chief of Interpol says the “skyrocketing” number of extremist websites is making it easier for terrorists to recruit middle class youth around the world.
Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble says terrorist recruiters are exploiting the Web to target vulnerable young people who are “not on the radar of law enforcement.”
He says fighting this kind of terrorist recruitment is especially difficult because viewing websites is not necessarily criminal.
Noble said the number of extremist websites tracked by police was 12 in 1998 and 4,500 in 2006.
He spoke Tuesday at a closed-door conference of world police chiefs in Paris. Interpol released his comments in a statement.