Matylda wrote:Always when Muslims do something bad then at once there are many defending them...
...they will be hated, feared, killed and destroyed as well as their religion.
That's the problem.
You say "when Muslims do something bad then at once there are many defending them"
This statement suggests that all Muslims are doing bad things. You may deny that this is what you meant to say,
but let me try to explain the flaw in that statement.
It contains two elements:
2. people who do something bad
Now, while it is true that muslims who do bad things are still muslims
not all people who do bad things are muslims,
and not all muslims do bad things.
that statement suggests that people who defend muslims are automatically defending muslims who do bad things.
One can defend muslims and yet not defend people who do bad things.
Consider that all people who do bad things are humans.
Now, consider what your statement would look like if it were applied to all people:
do something bad then at once there are many defending them"
There is plenty of historical evidence to prove that all humans are bad. Even non-muslim humans.
humans overall have a much worse record than muslims specifically.
Do you think I should defend humans?
If you do not personally know or have friends of a certain ethnic or religious group,
then it is natural to assume gross generalizations about those people.
That is what happened to jews in Germany and to the Japanese Americans in the United States in WW2.
Think of somebody you know, who is a friend of yours, who is of a different religion, nationality, skin color or ethinic background than you are (assuming and hoping you have one).
now suppose you read in the newspaper that somebody who has the same ethnicity or whatever, as your friend, murders a group of people. Would you suddenly distrust your friend? Would you say that all the people who have the same ethnicity as your friend are likely to be murderers?
No. At least i would think not.
And why not?
Because you know
somebody who is of that ethnicity, and your friend isn't a murderer. So you would defend your friend. You would say, 'no, they are not all like that". You have proof from your own experience that all people who share your friend's ethnicity are not the same.
But suppose that the only faces of people of a certain ethnic group are the angry faces you see on the TV news,
and you did not know any personally, not as friends.
Then it is very easy to assume that they are all like that.
Suppose you see on TV a riot with thousands of angry muslims shouting "Death to America"
...you might think that all muslims hate America.
now, suppose you see on TV a riot with thousands of people occupying Wall Street shouting "down with capitalism!!!"
would you now assume that all Americans hate capitalism?
I will tell you something...most Americans love capitalism.
i am not defending people who do bad things, and i am not defending Islam.
But it is easy to form negative attitudes based on what we don't
know as well as what we do
not knowing something is called ignorance.
I think buddhists should be careful about clinging to ignorance.