Learning from Losers – a case study of Adolf Hitler fetishness for big

February 23, 2012


In 1937 Hitler’s architect Albert Speer was given the task of transforming Berlin from the sprawling metropolis that it was into Germania, the gleaming new capital of a Greater German ‘World Empire’, the centrepiece of the civilised world.

It was a humongous undertaking that’s hard, if not impossible to wrap one’s head around even today. But what’s interesting about this mother of all building projects is it allows us a rare peek into the mind of Adolf Hitler – many people like to refer to Hitler as a aberration of history; they conveniently label him a “mad genius.” As if by doing so, they are able to explain many of his manias along the evil things he and his merry men once committed in the name of the thousand year Reich. I don’t buy that simplistic explanation for one moment. As I have done alot of research on Hitler and one thing that I can assure you all, he was certainly not “mad” or “crazy” in the clinical sense. Neither was he a fluke of history as many have suggested – Hitler was anything but diffused and blur; he was perhaps one of the most focussed politicians of the 20th century.

One clue that may hold an account of Hitler’s worldview may be found in his deep seated inferiority complex that was brought about during the moment of his youth when he was denied access to the prestigious Vienna Academy of Arts.

I have always wondered what would have happened, if Hitler was allowed to paint one church spire after another as a student painter – would he still have committed all those atrocities that we associate with Nazism today. A very difficult question to answer; one that even suggest the complexity of man’s root of consciousness is perhaps one of the hardest things to understand, let alone try to account for.

In this respect, Germania gives us all a rare peek into the mind of a very destructive genius.

Darkness 2012


“Life is short. Besides, it is very expensive to learn from the school of hard knocks – if you go out into the world and make mistake after mistake with the goal of accumulating pearls of wisdom. You will probably end up in a wheelchair or the morgue! A better way to learn is to look carefully at the mistakes made by others and to even study WHY along with HOW, very much in the way aircrash investigator sieves through charred remains of twisted metal and burnt co-axial wires to understand the anatomy of disaster – when you do this; you will find that many of the mistakes these losers made, we can all also make – granted the scale is different, but they are nonetheless cut from the same cloth. I have for instance learnt alot from the Shah of Iran, Idi Amin and even Slobodan Milošević – I do not consider these people mad. Not at all. And I understand why whenever their names are mentioned people so often feel the need to distance themselves from these characters. But for me when you call a person mad, that’s really just code for, “I don’t understand him. And I don’t even want to expand energy to seek to understand.” So if you take that attitude, then in the long run what is likely to happen is you will end up making the same mistakes those crazies made. So from the Shah of Iran, I have learnt the value of leading a simple life, instead of Bruno Magli, I am very happy to go around in my military boots. I am also happy to live a very Spartan life as I dont want to provoke jealousy around those who I work with, so I am mindful about keeping an ultra low profile. Many things can be learnt from great losers. So many things. From Adolf Hitler, I’ve learnt that I may have wasted my life going to university – if I were to start life again – I will probably be a pastor of a mega church, as I really cannot visualize a better way to finance my dream to be Bob the Builder – really, it is such a waste that I’ve gone into plantations. When all I could do is work one day out of seven and still manage to come out smelling like roses after ripping off so many people – it is really a pity, a travesty even.”

(Extracted recently from a thread in Phi Beta Kappa – The Brotherhood Press 2012)

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