Wednesday, December 01, 2004

What's the problem with Nazis?

This is a silly question; we were all raised understanding the evils of the Nazi genocide. But all I am asking is why it was wrong. What is the real problem with it?

The first thing that blows my mind is that work-a-day fathers and brothers make up any regular army. How the “boy next door” could commit atrocities is a testament to the evil nature in all of mankind.

The Nazis were ruthless, a trait often lauded in the contemporary corporate world, yet it was this very nature that makes them so easy to hate; ruthlessness is very much the antithesis of empathy. The movie industry plays this card by making villains non-empathetic.

Nazis betrayed sensibilities. Like Vikings and barbarians of lore, Nazis committed the deeds we block from our minds and would never share to others that we have. Nazis killed the most innocent and forbad the respects of simple civility.

Ultimately, I believe, the most despicable aspect of the Nazi way was the companionship of evil and success. This rings as the antagonist of justice itself. How can it be that such ill could accompany a progress to world supremacy? It was an outrage to be respectably bad.

Certain things are sacred: innocence, dignity, and the respect of life made in the likeness of God. At the heart is the insult to synteresis itself – our internal barometer directing us toward our duty to the good and away from evil.

But each of our natures is laden with the sins of our fathers’ own original sin. Nazis are the modern-day poster child of what each of us fears we would be if only left to our own devices. By the grace of God none of us is left to our own devices.

Of course, blaming a defenseless social minority for global economic decisions didn’t win the Nazis any S.A.T. bonus points.

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