Don’t get me wrong, I don’t condone what they did or the group they attempted to join, nor their reasons. I’m just saying that we all want to belong. When you think about the direction of your life, weren't there organizations, groups, meetups, churches that you felt compelled to be a part of. Was the message any different? What makes college kids want to join a fraternity that spews hateful rhetoric and divisiveness? What makes a young women want to join a sorority that makes you objectify yourself and take on a mean girls persona to be accepted? We all want to be part of a group. Even when it comes to family members, we all have that aunt, uncle and or cousin that we want to be like and be accepted by.
What makes it easy for us to shun others who do the same as us is the type of group they join. Of course joining a radicalized militant group aimed at ridding society of people that don’t have the same core beliefs is a bit psychotic in my opinion. But, if you’re the type of person that’s constantly in search of acceptance and inclusion, it’s no surprise that you would be swept up by ideals that for the most part align with your own…minus the chopping of heads. So, I’m not here waving my hands in support of the many young women who have abandoned their lives for ones that go completely against the normalcy within the society they were reared. No, instead I’m taking a step back and saying I get it. With every choice though, there is a consequence and the women who've been caught will learn that fact very quickly.
But, when it comes to you and your life maybe step back and think before you completely judge. I know judging is easy and acceptable but understanding comes with so much more respect.
*I refuse to give any credence to that group by mentioning their name
**I'm also not trying to get flagged