Message no. 861[Branch from no. 850] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on
Chilling thoughts aren't they? The purpose, if it is true, would be to fulfill fantasies of control, as we were talking about in the posts on technophilia and technophobia. People have wanted to control the weather and natural events since we first mastered the creation and use of fire.
The other night my wife and I watched the German film "Der Untergang" ("The downfall") about Hitler's last days in the bunker in
What was clear from the film was that Hitler and his Nazi party cronies were intoxicated with the fantasy of control. The wanted a world of harsh discipline and Hitler said, as the German civilians were being slaughtered by the Russian army when some of his generals said "we must surrender, our people are all dying" -- "they don't deserve any better. If they can't survive, they are weak and deserve to die. It is the law of the jungle. If our dream of controlling the world can not be fulfilled then we are worthless." Hitler saw the German people (and people everywhere else) as mere pawns on his chessboard. It didn't matter to him how many of his own "civilians" died for him to express his vision.
Hitler was obsessed by control, and his party put the idea of controlling every aspect of life on the top of the governments agenda. Unfortunately this power lust was not confined to the Nazis, and it infects people in all societies and regimes everywhere. It is as Lord Acton said a century ago, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!"
Power is about control. Have no doubt that in the search for the ultimate weapon of control even rulers in a "democratic" society will consider innocent individuals expendable.
However, we can take heart in the fact that an informed citizenry in a democratic countrycan bring about positive change. As