Hitler flirting with Eva Braun.
You know what’s so uncomfortable about this? It shows that perhaps one of the most evil men in history, was a human being. That, on occasion, he could be nice, even flirty. That’s not all. You want to see evil people as evil, screaming horrible stuff over a desk with 20 microphones with 20, 000 people saluting them. The evil is clear and recognizable then. This shows a completely different image, it scares you because that means that evil isn’t a stereotype, that evil is not recognizable, that evil could be anyone. It scares you because this shows that could be lurking inside anyone and you’ll never ever know. Maybe in you?
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It’s so easy to distance ourselves from evil. So comforting. Hitler was evil. Hitler was less than human. Hitler is nothing like me.
But the truth resists simplicity.
Hitler was human AND he was evil. Hitler was, in many respects, very much like you and me, and he was still evil.
Evil in not some genetic mutation that alters us down to the genes.
Evil is little choices, opinions, actions, all coming together. Evil, like good, is made of the things that make us human.
And that’s hard, and that’s scary, and it underlines how important it is to remember that.
People need to see things like this. Not to make a person less evil, but to make evil more human. If we put evil beyond us, we are blind to it until it’s screaming in to a microphone while 20,000 people salute and millions are losing their lives.