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Submitted by Barbara Runkel (Germany), Oct 30, 2002 at 05:48

Another reason for the media´s lack of understanding for J. Muhammad´s motives is the typical post-modern understanding of the role of one´s religion in one´s personal life. The post-modern view that truth is not absolute but relative prevents them from seeing religious truth as a motivating factor in anyone´s life (He´s for the Yankees, I´m for the Mets, so what?). To them Mother Theresa was just as cracked (albeit in a nice way; see her speech to the UN assembly) as John Muhammad and it was just "luck" that lead her to help people, while it lead him to gun them down.

But people ARE motivated by their spirit. Even post-modernism has a spiritual side, of sorts. Until this is taken into consideration (man´s need of and search for absolute truth, that is) any assessment of incidents like 9/11 or J. Muhammad is going to fall short.
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