Considering evil minds is a weight the world bears
Adolf Hitler was anything but stupid. He was an extraordinary evil mind with the power to motivate and murder millions. Hitler's racial and evolutionary motivated ideology led him to solid control of most of Europe through persuasive propaganda and force. We underestimate the power of evil minds of we dismiss and fail to understand them.
The genocide of Hitler's Holocaust extinguished 5.5 million Jews, and we avoid considering his ideas because we fear them. Fear is never a good cause for action or inaction. Understanding how he accomplished his horror empowers us to resist the threat of his powerful thought. His quote captures his power to control the reality of millions through finely tuned propaganda.
In considering his legacy, we must confront the possibility that we are also duped by ignorant ideologies and potent propaganda. In the face of charisma and distorted truths, humans are vulnerable to adopt the evil realities of manipulators, and we must be on guard with questioning minds to interrogate the validity of their claims.
It is difficult to estimate the total human casualties inflicted by these two villains, but scholars clearly view Joseph Stalin with more blood on his hands. Estimates of the murders at his hands range from 20 to 60 million. The smallest figure surpasses Hitler's toll by five times. These are just the deaths, but consider the psychological and physical harm inflicted on the Soviet Union under his reign.
As with Hitler, Stalin saw the power of ideas and the unlimited potential to control humans by restricting thoughts through terror. He used fear to control the minds of millions of individuals, rendering them powerless because he made them terrified of thinking. Under the circumstances he created, individual thought brought near instant torture and death for all connected to the person.
Your mind is valuable real estate that people in power long to control. If you believe that similar horrors could not happen to you, you have lost a key battle for independent thought. If you think that your current thinking is your own, then you are deceived. If you are constantly on guard with a questioning, skeptical mind, you resist the evils constantly present in human societies.
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By Darin L. Hammond
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