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Zealots Everywhere

Zealotry does not depend merely on religious faith, and it is not today 
confined to the US.

Some of the worst zealots of our time were not religious unless you consider 
their ideology to be a religion.  The leaders of different movements are 
often convinced that they know not only what is best for themselves, and what 
is best for those around them, but what is best for everyone, and they are 
going to try to impose their ideas on others for their own good whether they 
like it or not.

If one ran a psychological profile on the following, he would find this 
common thread in the following:

John Calvin, New England Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Robespierre who as a 
little provincial judge could not bring himself to impose the death penalty 
but later sent thousands to the guillotine, 19th and early 20th century 
European anarchists, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Fidel Castro, Sandanists, Ho Chi 
Men, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Quadaffi, and various others.

Jean Paul
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