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Hitler's thinking

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  • Tarjei Straume
    In February 1999, I tried to explain something about Hitler to Dan Dugan: http://uncletaz.com/wc/wcthreads/hitlerread.html What has to be understood in this
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 29, 2006
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      In February 1999, I tried to explain something about Hitler to Dan Dugan:

      http://uncletaz.com/wc/wcthreads/hitlerread.html

      "What has to be understood in this context is
      that Adolf Hitler developed a very special
      reading technique when he was in prison - a
      method of study which in his case proved
      remarkably effective. He ensured his readers in
      "Mein Kampf" that it was his habit to resort to
      books if he wanted to solve a problem. He
      insisted that his method of reading, better than
      any other, consisted of "remembering the
      essential and forgetting the unessential
      completely". In practice, this meant defining
      what is essential, which in the case of Adolf
      Hitler did not entail logical analysis, but an
      intuitive and emotional process of comprehension,
      which he skillfully united with whatever appealed to his own prejudices.

      "From Schopenhauer he took fatalism and the idea
      of the will, but he forgot the Buddhism and the
      pessimism. From Nietzsche he took the concept of
      evolution, the will to power, and the √úbermensch,
      but he forgot that this √úbermensch should not
      conquer his fellow man, but himself. He took from
      Wagner the racism, heroism, and paganism, but he
      forgot the Arianized Christianity. Further, he
      took from Helena Blavatsky and other occultists
      what he wanted and conveniently forgot everything
      that did not harmonize with his own world view."

      The problem is that one doesn't have to be a Nazi
      or a fascist to apply Hitler's way of thinking.
      One could be a philanthrophist. All one needs to
      do is to pre-define the ideological picture one
      wants to arrive at. For every piece that fits
      into this picture, there may be ten pieces that
      don't fit, so one conveniently ignores the latter
      as though they don't exist. It's what "creation
      science" folks do when they study archeology,
      geology, or astro-physics in order to "prove"
      that the world is only six thousand years old;
      they've made up their mind in advance, and yet they call it science.

      Tarjei
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