What is the strongest factor in converting people to the “dark side”? Making them into compassion-free murderers?
I think it’s black and white thinking. “They are all evil”, “This is absolute truth”, “Nothing will change my mind”, “We are always right”, “If they are not with us – they are against us”, “There can’t be another interpretation”, etc.
Any ideology grooming for this type of thinking is potentially making people to flip.
Compassion is not possible if you can’t stand in other people’s shoes.