We tend to see the world in black-and-white terms. We want things to be simple, for there to be some kind of logic, order and reason that explains what’s happening around us. As humans we have a lot of mental capacity, but most of us have difficulty holding more than two or three complex situations in our minds at the same time.
So we parse, mentally edit and then focus on what’s easy to see and understand.
Today, our nation’s political leadership is focused on the terrorist group ISIS. Washington’s political leaders have packed the evening news programs and Sunday morning talk shows to decry that group’s brutal terrorism. They almost hyperventilate about the danger ISIS poses to the U.S.
The reason there is this intense political focus on ISIS is simple: The terrorist organization has slit the throats and beheaded three (as of this writing) Westerners over the last two weeks and posted taunting videos of the acts for the entire world to see.
Unlike some other Islamic terrorist groups, ISIS didn’t release some boring sermon about corrupt Western infidels. Instead, it released an easy to understand visual designed to get our attention and sow the seeds of fear.
And so they have.
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