Someone who strongly believes in an ideology
or religion for which there is little
evidence for non-believers in the ideology or
There are proportionally more fanatics than
rational persons, it would seem, and two
reasons are that most persons do not have an intellect that is good enough to
set up their own philosophy, while being a fanatic
is intellectually open to all and tends to be emotionally
satisfying and also may come with great if delusive promises of
the after-life or once the millenium has been created, or with rewards for
those who fanatically serve a leader in this life.
It should also be mentioned that in some situations it takes great courage
or independence of mind not to become - or at least to behave as - a fanatic, for
example, under Stalinism, Maoism, in communist North-Korea, or in territories
were people are much repressed or persecuted.
Also, two excuses of many fanatics
- which they will tend not accept themselves - is that their social
environment is totalitarian, and that their
intelligence is not very great.