I’m going to start a little series here, a new type of blog post. As much as I like doing long explications of links from one idea/event to some other particular one, I do not think I should put as my first priority the focus my energies on regular creation of such posts if it interferes significantly with my ridiculously expensive endeavor to learn at the institution called “college”. The time it takes to write one is variable, and often it takes much longer than I think it will. This is obviously not good when there are actual deadlines for assignments and busses to catch.
I have had “Concise” posts which are condensed versions of these main dishes, and “Music”, which I post from time to time, and now there will be a new kind of “filler” post. Filler not because it’s pointless or useless, but because that’s what it is, relative to the main point. It indeed takes less mental energy to create – that is why I am do it in the first place. However, it still has its use, and it still takes some amount of energy (well, the music selection not so much I guess). A car technically doesn’t need leather padding, but you wouldn’t want to drive a car which uses a wooden folding chair as its seat.
It will be quotes from great men.
And all these great men will be from the “evil” category of history.
While I do not particularly care for evil, I think it is important to illustrate from time to time that greatness is not the same as niceness. All great men, good or evil, are fundamentally different in their perspective from the commoners – they have a key, a way of acting and perceiving, that we can learn and use to our own ends. While it is indeed true that we have basically heard of every philosophical idea one time or another in this or that form, only skilled word artists can put them together in a useful and beautiful order, and only certain people will think certain thoughts. I have found that in no cases, I prefer a SPWL-esque SWAG quote from a random 19 year old girl more than I do a quote from the renown ‘villains of the real world’. The latter is almost always repurposed in some way to become common knowledge – a man who doesn’t spend time with his family is not a man is from the Godfather, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is Nietzsche. Is there anything which comes out of an environmentalist’s or feminist’s mouth which even nears that level of truth?
I will be quoting from evil great men in particular to emphasize a different structure of recognizing men, one that is closer to evaluating whether or not they are good at being men, and less whether or not they are good men. The changes on how history is viewed is a side effect and bonus.
This entry, we shall start with the biggest boogeyman: Adolf Hitler
“It is not truth that matters, but victory.”
“Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong.”
“The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”
“The art of leadership… consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.”
“The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.”
“I go the way that Providence dictates with the assurance of a sleepwalker.”
“Words build bridges into unexplored regions.”
“Who says I am not under the special protection of God?”
“Great liars are also great magicians.”
“I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature.”
“It is always more difficult to fight against faith than against knowledge.”
“Sooner will a camel pass through a needle’s eye than a great man be “discovered” by an election.”
“It would be easier for the Devil to go to church and cross himself with holy water than for these people to comprehend the ideas which are accepted facts to us today.”
“Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live.”
“If today I stand here as a revolutionary, it is as a revolutionary against the Revolution.”
“Mankind has grown strong in eternal struggles and it will only perish through eternal peace.”