THERE IS A DIAMOND IN EVERY MAN, JUST THAT SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO PAINFULLY EXTRACT AND CLEAN IT
PREAMBLE: Thousands of books have been written about Hitler. Very few beings in the world have the mental faculties to accommodate objective reality, where one would analyze a character while remaining completely beyond the ordinary human frailties that are the source of bias and needless subjectivity. Transcendence of morality means to attain the third eye of insight where you focus on a persona without the slightest staining from the delusion of good and evil – the glossy philosophy that has kept the church in business for countless centuries.
NOTES ON DEMOCRACY AND THE PROGRESS OF MODERN CIVILIZATION
It is to be found the section of the book by Kubizek about the time he and Hitler saw Rienzi (a performance by Wagner) together that Pierce had referred to. Kubizek tells of standing with the eighteen-year-old Hitler after the opera late at night beneath brilliant stars:
Adolf stood in front of me; and now he gripped both of my hands and held them tight. He had never made such a gesture before. I felt from the grasp of his hands how deeply moved he was. His eyes were feverish with excitement. The words did not come smoothly from his mouth as they usually did, but rather erupted, hoarse and raucous. From his voice I could tell even more how much this experience had shaken him….I cannot repeat every word that my friend uttered. I was struck by something strange, which I had never noticed before, even when he had talked to me in moments of the greatest excitement. It was as if another being spoke out of his body, and moved him as much as it did me. It wasn’t at all a case of a speaker being carried away by his own words.
On the contrary; I felt as though he himself listened with astonishment and emotion to what burst forth from him with elementary force. I will not attempt to interpret this phenomenon, but it was a state of complete ecstasy and rapture, in which he transferred the character of Rienzi, without even mentioning him as a model or example, with visionary power to the plane of his own ambitions. But it was more than a cheap adaptation. Indeed, the impact of the opera was rather a sheer external impulse which compelled him to speak. Like flood waters breaking their dykes, his words burst forth from him. He conjured up in grandiose, inspiring pictures his own future and that of his people.
IDEALISM VERSUS EGOTISM
When assessing the states of mind and motivations of individuals, Hitler employed the basic distinction between idealism and egoism. Idealism is being oriented toward serving one’s people, one’s race. Egoism looks at things from the perspective of narrowly conceived self-interest and without a sense of connection to one’s community of kindred people and commitment to their welfare. Idealism is clearly favored over egoism in Hitler’s mind. Someone who is an idealist is more laudable than one who is an egotist or, another term, individualist.
Hitler once wrote:
This state of mind, which subordinates the interests of the ego to the conservation of the community, is really the first premise for every truly human culture. From it alone can arise all the great works of mankind, which bring the founder little reward, but the richest blessings to posterity. Yes, from i t alone can we understand how so many are able to bear up faithfully under a scanty life which imposes on them nothing but poverty and frugality, but gives the community the foundations of its existence. Every worker, every peasant, every inventor, official, etc., who works without ever being able to achieve any happiness or prosperity for himself, is a representative of this lofty idea….
Hitler argued that the reins of the state must be in the hands of the finest individuals, those who are the wisest and the most efficacious. The political process must be designed so as to identify the very best people given the aim of the racial survival and progress, and then to bring them to “office and dignity.” Hitler was adamant that mass democracy is not the best way for this to occur – democracy isn’t complete if run by unenlightened men who work so hard to bring suffering to their people. The finest should be in charge, not the masses, he declared. Rather than the rule of the democratic majority, Hitler affirmed the rule of personality, that is, the great man who takes control through what amounts to a process of natural selection – this would be an abstraction from his genius that naturally, if all factors are held constant in a society (world), the most enlightened men should run things as opposed to men who toil in spiritual deprivation and sleep whose symptoms are infinite.
In world history the man who really rises above the norm of the broad average usually announces himself personally. A philosophy of life which endeavors to reject the democratic mass idea and give this earth to the best people–that is, the highest (Awakened) humanity–must logically obey the aristocratic-spiritual principle within this people and make sure that the leadership and the highest influence in this people fall into the best minds. Thus, it builds, not upon the idea of the majority, but upon the idea of personality and wakefulness.