The Banality of Evil

Last night I watched the incredibly well-acted film Conspiracy with Kenneth Branagh as the monstrous Nazi SS psychopath Reinhard Heydrich (1904 – 1942) who was nicknamed the Butcher of Prague. Click on the title of the film for the best description I can find. The full movie doesn’t seem at present to be available on Youtube, but I am sure the DVD can be found and ordered.

Here is a brief presentation which in itself is chilling:

How is it that such a cultivated man with a wife and family could turn to such monstrous evil, obvious in his manipulation of the Nazi bureaucracy at the notorious Wannsee Conference of 1941?

Those of us with feelings for other people and an ability to read and feel their emotions will never get round this terrifying mystery of pure evil. Are some people born psychopaths with something wrong with their brains? Do we all have it within us in such wise as we would be like Heidrich, Himmler or Hitler himself in the “wrong” circumstances? How far would any of us writing or reading this posting be complicit if we lived in a country run by criminals and the same kind of ideology as that of the Nazis.

It can happen again, oh yes, it can! The current situation in Syria scares me, and I tend to find Putin’s words more credible than our western countries. Can we be on the “wrong side”. I hope not and pray not, but there is no guarantee. I don’t trust my Prime Minister and I don’t believe a word of what’s coming from L’Elysée or the White House either. Putin seems to be alone in defending Christianity, but will we be disappointed?

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.

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One Response to The Banality of Evil

  1. Dale says:

    Heydrick would appear to be the perfect uebermensch of Nietzsche. And according to Nietzsche the only ones who would be offended by such people are those so destroyed by the slave-religion of Christianity that they cannot grasp the power of the Will and free themselves from pity.

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