May 20 2012

Innocuous Choice and the Existential Atrocity


I will strip away all the clauses and sub-clauses to give you the Immel translation:

19: Men have the ability to see cause and effect displayed in creation. 20: They are rationally responsible for correct judgment and morally culpable to take action in accord with the TRUTH. 21: But not only do men willfully reject the right conclusion, they CHOOSE to call their intentional errors wisdom. THIS deliberate action is the threshold of folly and futility and darkness.

 Notice that the error is not an intellectual mistake equal to “Oops… I could have had a V8.” Nor is the error like the seven-year-old’s math blunder: 2+2=5. This error is a specific effort to wipe out the universe and then call that existential atrocity “wisdom.” I submit that this is the real “human condition.” This is the heart and soul of all degradation, depravity, destruction, lack, want, war, famines, despotism and tyranny.

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In 1925 a social malcontent, out-of-work painter, and ham-fisted scribbler wrote a book about his struggles while cooling his heels in the clink. The miles and miles of rambling prose revealed a mind filled with logical conundrums, philosophical plagiarism, and dead-end German phrases. The book (correctly) received a cool reception from the few that waded through the tedious, often bellicose rants. The “fuehrer” of the Beer Hall Putsch was a joke wrapped in an Austrian-Jewish punch-line.

But for all its literary failures, what Mein Kampf also revealed was threefold.

  1. a crystal clear picture, the detailed blueprint for National Socialism.
  2. a man who had an amazing capacity to size up his political adversaries and allies.
  3. a man who had no moral restraint in building the first and exploiting the second with impunity.

 One of Adolf Hitler’s most famous quotes is this:

All this was inspired by the principle–which is quite true within itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.

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      John Immel

      Argo… did you catch the new thread?  Go ahead and repost this last comment. on the new thread.

      Great questions….


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      John Immel

      BTW … to my faithful readers. I’ve been quiet for a bit because of two things: preparation for a conference that I spoke at the 23rd of June and a current writing project that has dominated most of my creative capital.  I hope to have this project in final first draft in about three weeks (fingers crossed) and then off to my editors.

      Thanks for your ongoing interaction. I will try to get my act together shortly and answer some of your thoughtful comments.

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