Letter: A new mind-set in Mideast
Letter writer Walt Carlson laments that the “Islamists must fight with each other because it is encoded in their genetic makeup” due to transgenerational epigenetic inheritance (Monitor, June 17).
This may be a cause for concern, but it can also be a cause for optimism.
In the 17th century, the Chinese felt the Mongols would always choose war, but then they were converted to Buddhism. Then their propensity for war turned to untold kindness. In the fourth century, the Germanic barbarians attacked the Romans without mercy but then they too were converted to Christianity. Soon the whole of formerly backward and pagan Europe was thoroughly Christian.
If “transgenerational epigenetic inheritance” is real, it would seem that once one generation is cured, this scourge of paranoia and hatred will be gone forever! Our government leaders love to tell us that “(the Arab people) started it.” True enough. But we should remember the blessings of America are also our responsibility. Our nation was founded on Christian principles. Three-thousand years ago, “an eye for an eye” made sense. But God saw how that philosophy was blinding the whole world. Then His son came and taught untold forgiveness.
This philosophy could only really take hold in a new geographical area devoid of old prejudices. This area was Europe.
I agree it will be tough to end the propensity for war in the Arab world. But one thing that will be needed is a new mind-set. This mind-set exists here in America. All we need to do now is implement it.