HBO produced a film several year ago called Conspiracy. The movie was about the Wenesee Conference, which was a secret meeting held by some of the high-ranking officials of the Nazi party. It was at this conference where Reinhard Heydrich revealed his plan in how to carry out the “final solution.”
The movie closed with a scene depicting a conversation that supposedly took place between Heydrich and Adolf Eichmann. Although there is some debate as to whether or not the conversation actually took place, the principle of the story Heydrich told is indicative of where our society is in 2014. I included the a youtube video that depicts the scene below in addition I provided the transcript of their conversation.
Heydrich: “He told me a story about a man he had known all his life, a boyhood friend. This man hated his father, yet loved his mother fiercely. His mother was devoted to him, but his father used to beat him, demeaned him and disinherited him. This friend grew to manhood and was still in his thirties when the mother, who had nurtured and protected him, passed away. The man stood at her grave as they lowered the coffin, and tried to cry, but no tears came. The man’s father lived to a very extended old age; the boy, now a man, was in his fifties when he lost his father. At the father’s funeral, much to the son’s surprise, he could not control his tears. Wailing, sobbing… he was apparently inconsolable. Lost. That was the story Kritzinger told me.”
Eichmann: “I don’t think I understand.”
Heydrich: “No? The man had been driven his whole life by hatred of his father. When his mother died, that was a loss, but when his father died and hate had lost its object, the man’s life was empty…over.”
Heydrich: “That was Kritzinger’s warning.”
Eichmann: “What, that we should not hate the Israelites?”
Heydrich: “No, but that it should not fill our lives so much that, when they are gone, we have nothing left to live for. So says the story. I will not miss them.”
In a nutshell, Kritzingers’ warning is directed to those who find meaning in life by projecting their hatred onto others, usually those they believe victimized them. Those who fit this pattern of behavior often convince themselves that they are noble and virtuous because they believe they are fighting something evil, weather that’s an individual or a perceived system of oppression.
The clearest example of this today are the terror organizations like Hamas and ISIS, who think they are victims of Zionist Jews and the great Satan, also known as the U.S.
Although Kritzingers’ warning is intended for those like the young men illustrated in his story, his warning is also for members of society. All of the atrocities of the 20th century were the direct result of what Kritzinger warned about. The Communists, Fascists, and Socialists all rose to power by identifying an “object” by which they channeled the people’s hatred onto.
What worries me in light of the recent events in Ferguson, is that many of the same behavioral patterns spoken of by Kritzinger are evident in the rioters. For decades, minorities have been told that they are the victims of a racist white establishment. This narrative has been used to explain why there are such large levels of black unemployment, the large number of blacks incarcerated, and the high number of blacks living in poverty.
The scary thing is that this message of victimhood shows no sign of stopping. Just a few days ago Time Magazine published an article defending the rioters in Ferguson. It wouldn’t be so depressing if this were written by a blogger living in his mother’s basement, but Time? Although Derek Zoolander was right when he told Matilda “Yeah, well, fortunately for you, not too many people I know read your little TIME magazine, or whatever it’s called.”
But just about everyone in our society is exposed to news outlets and our educational system, which condone this narrative, instead of seeing the world through the lens of what is right and wrong. It is my observation that the left, which run the media and our educational system, fan the flame of hatred because they see the world through the lens of race and victimization.
Ben Shapiro of truth revolt best explains the current mindset of those who support the Ferguson protester. Although Shapiro does not mention Kritzinger, it’s pretty clear that the patterns of behavior exemplified by the rioters, and the so-called civil rights activist are alive and well.
“Because facts do not matter to those attempting to rectify what they perceive as an unjust universe…individuals do not exist. Individuals are merely stand-ins for groups. Wilson was a white cop; therefore, he was the Racist White Establishment. Brown was a black teenager; therefore, he was the Innocent Black Victim. The parts have already been written; Wilson was merely unlucky enough to land the starring role.”
“Days of Rage provide the outlet for delusional anger. Radical Muslims need an external enemy to justify their own brutality; protesters in Ferguson need an external enemy to justify their own failure to make good in the freest country in the history of humanity.”
In light of the Ferguson Riots and the growing presence of terror organizations in the world, the warning given by Kritzinger ought to open all of our eyes to see the writing on the wall. If things don’t change, I am afraid we are heading down a very dangerous road.