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Juche as addiction, not ideology

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By Jason Lim

A Mother Jones article titled, "Inside the Radical, Uncomfortable Movement to Reform White Supremacists," Wes Enzinna writes, "de-radicalization activists argue that much of what the left thinks it knows about shutting down racist extremists is misplaced. When it comes to changing individuals, denunciation may counteract rather than hasten de-radicalization. If that seems like surrender, consider that some researchers who study hate groups think we should view violent extremism not only as a problem of ideology, but also as a problem of addiction: a craving for group identity..."

This insight really struck me: white supremacy as a craving for social identity. This reminded me of what Daniel Pink wrote in his book, "Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us."

Pink writes, "When it comes to motivation, there's a gap between what science knows and what business does. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: 1. Autonomy ― the desire to direct our own lives. 2. Mastery ― the urge to get better and better at something that matters. 3. Purpose ― the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves."

Just to add my own spin to Pink's insights, I believe that purpose ― or meaning ― is the context in which we seek autonomy and mastery. In other words,........

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