Friday, December 9, 2011
Documentary on National Geographic; Man's Meaning
Fascinating and in depth documentary shown in NAT GEO channel last night - a two part series on the rise of fascism in Germany in the 1920s shows how a demoralized people can be hypnotized by the delusions of a mad-man.
The picture left is of a baby who turned into a monster.
Well worth watching since all of the footage has been restored in COLOR and shows the extent to which propaganda will go to sway a docile public, turning them into war mongers and colonizers of Europe.
There are parallels to our modern era - massive unemployment, Europe on the brink and US rhetoric on Iran!
Could it happen again? Are the European population docile or angry? Are we sufficiently well-fed today?
A book that HDD read in the early nineties (published in 1946) had a deep impact in terms of how far mankind can go to achieve a Utopian ideal.
Viktor Frankl was born in 1905 and died in 1997 (RIP), became a best selling author with his book "Man's Search for Meaning" (Frankl right).
The documentary on the rise of totalitarianism is truly horrific and when one considers it was less than 90 years ago, the true gravity of the era hits the viewer like ton of bricks. After the Treaty of Versailles the German economy unravelled and created a social and political vacuum for the rise of the monster.
But who financed the wrecked German economy? Who backed the monster and his monstrous plans?
Answers to these questions are quite disturbing and will be posted in the coming weeks and months.