Everyone experiences humiliation at some point. Oh well, get over it and move on to more productive things.
Sometimes wounds take time to heal. When a whole society experiences a psychic wound, it doesn't effect all the members equally. Some people are over it quickly. But they aren't the ones who are really attending to the healing process. It's the ones who continue to struggle with the pain in whom the change is taking place.
Americans know this phenomenon. The wounds of the Jim Crow era continue to heal. It may be a drag for those who would like to move on, but it is what it is: a natural process. We have to honor the part each of us plays. If someone rages about racism in America, I honor their feelings.
The motto of the USA is E Pluribus Unum. If any part of us is in pain, that pain is part of us.
In the same way, the pain/rage/malice/hope felt by Muslim extremists is part of us: the species. Jihad is just a word. Ask a linguist what it means... but I think this thread demonstrates that the word is loaded with emotion. For me, consideration of this topic has sometimes led to difficult emotions because it goes to the heart of who has hurt whom. It's a pathway to a wound.
It seems to me that we probably wouldn't be so interested in what jihad is if it weren't for the fact that we live in a time of evolving globalization. We could note that we're seeing signs that globalization, as it has progressed so far, has inflicted wounds.
Imagine that there's some Spirit of the West which has been the driving force behind globalization for more than 400 years now. Imagine that it speaks to the rest of the world and says it's sorry for the pain that has resulted. I don't think that apology would mean anything. Forgiveness is the final healing of the wound. And it comes when a person realizes that it's not about what other people have done: it's about me. It's about what lessons I've learned and how I contribute to the world. So instead of wondering what jihad means to some collective Muslims
, I could just think about what it means to me, and go from there.