One of the most chilling pictures I have ever seen.
Adolf Hitler staring at the man who arguably inspired the whole Third Reich, Friedrich Nietzsche.
In 1934, Nazi supporters gathered in Nürnberg to hear Hitlers speak. It was a moment captured in a Movie called, Triumph of the Will. In it you can see that the words and rituals of the Nazis echo Nietzschean thoughts. The film begins with Hitler descending from the clouds in a way similar to Zarathustra, an Übermensch descending from the sky with his new morality to be greeted by the herd.
An Übermensch offering a morality were the will of the most powerful is done without questioning, were the weak and the helpless be destroyed to generate a greater humanity.
So closely associated were the ideas of nietzsche and the aims of the third riech, and yet had nietzsche lived to see this, he would be HORRIFIED.
Nietzsches Übermensch was a symbol of mans potential. His will to power wasn't a call for nationalism but a recognition of our drive to over come our limitations.
A slight misunderstanding caused such a tragedy associated with a name of a man who is completely against it.
Goes to show that evil needs no inspiration, evil exists and tries to make sense of itself by grabbing what is available.
Goes to show that Nietzsche, Jesus, Muhammad, etc. inspired no evil, but it was rather our naivety to believe that a certain text cannot be misinterpreted.
It is only our naivety for one single simplified and absolute truth that caused us to be blindly evil.
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