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Fundamentalism is many things to many people. It is a strict and literal adherence to a set of beliefs or principles. Fundamentalism can be religious, political, or personal. Today, religious fundamentalism is on the rise, and it is one of the most important root causes of terrorism.
American poet John Godfrey Saxe based the following poem on a fable which was told in India many years ago.
Absolutists are fixed on one view, which restricts them from exploring other views