You know what’s so uncomfortable about this? It shows that perhaps one of the most evil men in history, was a human being. That, on occasion, he could be nice, even flirty. That’s not all. You want to see evil people as evil, screaming horrible stuff over a desk with 20 microphones with 20, 000 people saluting them. The evil is clear and recognizable then. This shows a completely different image, it scares you because that means that evil isn’t a stereotype, that evil is not recognizable, that evil could be anyone. It scares you because this shows that could be lurking inside anyone and you’ll never ever know. Maybe in you?
i reblogged this literally like 2 minutes ago, but i want this version because of that comment ^
That comment is one of my favorite post commentaries, because it’s completely right. People aren’t inherently evil. Like good, it’s a role they grow and live into. We have just as much potential to destroy as this man exhibited. And it’s a very eye opening experience to realize that.
does anyone even remember that one time hitler attended that luncheon between world leaders, some guests of which even included china’s socialist leader as well as Stalin. And then when they were ordering, everyone was gladly ordering impressive dishes one after the other, but Hitler placed an order for barley tea and a pheasant (considered a peasant’s meal by standard). When he was questioned as to why he would order something like this in something as grand as a world leader’s congress, he replied,
“I don’t smoke when my people cannot smoke, and I cannot eat when my people are going hungry.”
He wasn’t evil for its own sake, let’s try to remember that despite the countless murders, but for a moment, he did actually believe he was doing something for the good of his countrymen.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE
No, he’s right. Hitler, though extremely wrong in his views, did everything for what he thought would better the lives of his people. It was wrong. It was disgustingly, horribly wrong. But he did not do it because it was evil and he was evil. He did it because he believed it would help Germany and those who needed a better life. Those who don’t understand or even try to understand the human brain will always label men like him as ‘evil’ because it is easier to accept. But he wasn’t ‘evil.’ He felt love and loyalty and responsibilities. He simply took these aspects and morphed them into a twisted, violent thing.
Tumblr is probably the only place we could have this conversation and not be lynched.
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To put into context, Germany was one of the countries heavily affected by WW1. The country was riddled with the debt of war, the Treaty of Versailles was unfair for them and pretty much fucked them over, the crazy hyperinflation in their economy… The people were angry and suffering from a war they were (in a basic view) dragged into. For all the horrible things Hitler commanded, at the root of those actions was a belief that it was all for the benefit of Germany, for its people, to bring them out of their suffering toward a better future.
I’m not saying Hitler’s actions are forgivable or that people shouldn’t be mad for what he and those under his command (Himmler!) did, but people aren’t black and white. And since history is basically a record, or a story, of the developments and actions of humans over the ages, it would be a mistake to view the characters who play their parts in it so one-dimensionally.
Also he might have been on meth (as medicine) during the entire war so he made extreme decisions kind of really quickly
You have to also bring in the fact that his father was a vicious man. His father would beat Hitler and their pet dog until the dog peed. Hitler also lost, I think, three brothers. Hence the fact on why his mother pampered him—he was the surviving kid she wanted. Hitler also had strong feelings towards his mother because she was the only one to show him any sort of love. I am not saying that growing up with an abusive parent makes everybody in that situation anti-social in the psychologically terms (feeling no guilt or remorse), but in Hitler’s case, it greatly influenced this personality disorder. In addition to this, Hitler also had a psychological complex where he believed to be god-like because he survived when his brothers didnt. However, despite all the childhood abuse, and the sexual-desires with his mother and cousin, he was still a person. He was still a human being who had emotions—whether or not him being anti-social is true—he still felt love. And as for the extreme decisions in war, it was because he had—I think—27 failed assassination attempts. He had severe trust issues, but who wouldn’t after that many attempts? All in all, nothing excuses the fact on what he did. Everybody has a choice and he chose to find a scapegoat for Germany. This post is spine-chilling because it shows that evil could be possible in anyone. Although, in another psychological point of view, babies are not born judgmental, racist, sexist, or even murderous. I believe that if Hitler had a better childhood, the Holocaust would not have happened. This is proof that children do need proper care and affection, and that childhood is an important part in life because that is when we develop our morals and sense of what is right and what is wrong.
Here is the documentary on him that my psychology class watched: