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The Words of Adolf Hitler, part 2: Idealism; Culture; Personality

More words from the man whose ideals and self-sacrifice, if comprehended rightly, can lead us out of the labyrinth.

Idealism

THE PUREST idealism is unconsciously equivalent to the deepest knowledge. (I:11)

How necessary it is to keep realizing that idealism does not represent a superfluous expression of sentiment, but that in truth it has been, is, and always will be the premise for what we call human culture — yes, that it alone created the concept, ‘man.’ It is to this inner attitude that the Aryan owes his position in the world, and to it the world owes man. For it alone formed from pure spirit the creative force which, by a unique pairing of the brutal fist and intellectual genius, created the monuments of human culture. (I:11)

The Aryan is greatest not in his mental qualities as such, but in the extent of his willingness to put all his abilities in the service of the community. In him the instinct for self-preservation has reached its noblest form, since he willingly subordinates his own ego to the life of the greater whole and, if the hour demands, even sacrifices it. (I:11)

Without his idealistic attitude all, even the most brilliant faculties of the mind, would remain mere intellect as such — outward appearance without inner worth, and never creative force. But since true idealism is nothing more than the subordination of the interests and life of the individual to the greater whole — and in turn is the precondition for the creation of organizational forms of all kinds — it corresponds in its innermost depths to the ultimate will of Nature. It alone leads men to a voluntary recognition of the privilege of force and strength, and thus makes them particles of that Order which shapes and forms the entire universe. (I:11)

In giving one’s own life for the existence of the community lies the crown of all sense of sacrifice. It is this alone that prevents what human hands have built from being overthrown by human hands or destroyed by Nature. (I:11)

As soon as egoism becomes the ruler of a people, the bands of order are loosened and in the pursuit of their own happiness men fall from heaven into a real hell. (I:1)

Indeed, we may therefore state that not only does man live in order to serve higher ideals, but that conversely these higher ideals also provide the premise for his existence as a person. (II:1)

Culture

The racial question gives the key not only to world history, but to all human culture as well. (I:12)

Everything we admire on this Earth today — science and art, technology and invention — is solely the creative product of a few peoples, and perhaps originally, of one race. On them depends the existence of this entire culture. If they perish, the beauty of this Earth will sink into the grave with them. (I:11)

If we were to divide mankind into three groups — culture founders, culture bearers and culture destroyers — only the Aryan could be considered as representative of the first group. (I:11)

All the human culture, all the results of art, science and technology which we see before us today, are almost exclusively the creative product of the Aryan. (I:11)

All great cultures of the past perished only because the original creative race died out from blood poisoning. (I:11)

If today, for example, the surface of the Earth were disturbed by some tectonic event and a new Himalaya rose from the ocean floods, by one single catastrophe the culture of mankind would be demolished. No state would any longer exist, the bands of order would be dissolved, the documents of a thousand-year development would be destroyed — a single great field of corpses covered by water and slime. But if from this chaos of horror even a few men of a certain race capable of culture had been preserved, the Earth would upon settling — if only after a thousand years — again witness human creative power. Only the destruction of the last race capable of culture and its individual members would leave the Earth forever desolate. (II:2)

Personality

The racialist philosophy is basically distinguished from the Marxist philosophy by the fact that it not only recognizes the value of race, but along with it the importance of personality, which it therefore makes one of the pillars of its entire structure. These are the factors which sustain its view of life. (II:4)

Thus, in principle, it embraces the basic principle of Nature and believes in the validity of this law down to the last individual. It sees not only the different value of races, but also the different value of individual men. From the mass it extracts the importance of the person, and thus, in contrast to Marxism with its disorganizing effect, it acts in an organizing way. (II:1)

The Movement must promote respect for personality by every means. It must never forget that in personal worth lies the worth of everything human; that every idea and every achievement is the result of one man’s creative force, and that the admiration of greatness constitutes not only a tribute of thanks to the latter, but also casts a unifying bond around the grateful. (I:12)

It is not the mass that invents and not the majority that organizes or thinks, but in all things only and always the individual man, the person. (II:4)

. . . The majority can never replace the man. (I:3)

To renounce doing homage to a great spirit means the loss of an immense strength which emanates from the names of all great men and women. (I:12)

When human hearts break and human souls despair, then from the twilight of the past the great conquerors of distress and care, of disgrace and misery, of spiritual bondage and physical constraint, look down upon them and hold out their eternal hands to despairing mortals. Woe to the people that is ashamed to grasp them. (I:2)

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Source: New Order

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