TRIGGER WARNINGS for basically everything horrible.
Do you understand how scary this picture is
god forbid a real person do real person things he wasnt just a robot who killed people jesus fucking christ
uh yeah its not like he killed and tortured six million jews or anything
Hold on just a tick. Listen, I’m Jewish, so I’m perfectly capable of understanding that what he did was just…..well, there are no words for it. But let’s not round it up to simply Jews that got killed. It was six million people that died in those camps, not just Jews. Did you know that homosexuals were sent there, too? Yeah, I’m sure you did. They had to wear special little symbols on their clothes. Do you know what it was? It was a pink triangle.
It was six million PEOPLE.
But you let that roll over in your mind for a while and you are going to forever see this man as a monster, but that’s not what he was. He was someone who thought he was truly doing something right for his nation, no matter how shitty he was doing it. Believe me when I say that I don’t like him. I really don’t. My grandfather’s brothers died in those camps, and my grandfather escaped to Spain, then to Mexico. He was lucky.
This is not a monster holding hands with a little girl.
This is Adolf Hitler, a man, holding hands with a little girl.
Yeah. It’s fucking scary. It really is. Do you know why?
It’s because you’re seeing that he wasn’t, in fact, a monster. You’re seeing in this picture that he was a man. He was a man, and that’s really the saddest part of it all.
As a History major who specializes in the history of early modern Europe, I’ve studied a lot of dictators in detail, not just Hitler. The number one mistake anyone could ever make in history is making the assumption that only inhuman monsters are capable of doing terrible things.
Stop dehumanizing Hitler just so you can reassure yourself that “normal” humans aren’t capable of doing bad things. Hitler liked children and dogs, he was a vegetarian and he cried like a little boy when his mother died. I’m not saying he was a good, innocent person, but when you stop attributing human characteristics to historical figures like Hitler, it’s how you overlook people just like him in real life, and it’s how people like him end up back in power.
That’s the real truth: Human Beings are scarier than any ‘monsters’ out there because we’re all born blank slates and BECOME our legacy.
This is the best post I’ve seen in a while.
bolded by me. important stuff.
Only monsters owned slaves.
No, people did. There are possibly people reading this who are descended from those people who owned other people.
It was a monstrous thing done by people to people.
Only monsters rape.
No, actually, people rape. There are possible people reading this who have raped. It’s scary, but it’s true, statistically speaking.
Rape is a monstrous thing done by people to people.
Only monsters committed the Rape of Nanjing. Only monsters participated in the systematic slaughter of millions and millions of Jews and Romani and homosexuals and political dissidents. Only monsters forced the Cherokee to march the Trail of Tears.
No, actually, people did all of all of those monstrous things. People with families and friends. People with homes and loved ones and hopes and dreams. People did these unspeakable things, and went home and kissed babies, some of them still smelling of the death and fear of other people.
Human beings do unspeakably monstrous things to human beings and animals and the world around them. They are not monsters, those who did and do these things, they are people.
People are terrifying. People are horrifying. People act monstrously.
People shoved other people into ovens.
People turned the skin of other people into lamps.
People turned people into things they owned.
People beat people until their faces were unrecognizable.
People cut out people’s tongues. Cut off their feet. Cut off their hands.
People raped people and sold the resulting children.
People walked into homes and slaughtered everyone they saw.
People practiced horrific medical experiments on other people.
People sterilized men and women and children without their knowledge or consent because of the color of their skin.
People kidnap people and beat them and torture them and rape them.
People rape children.
People sell daughters and wives and neighbors into sexual slavery.
People slaughter a classroom full of children.
People slaughter a theater full of people.
People torture people.
People kill people.
People treat people like garbage, like shit, like they matter less than anything you can think of, like they aren’t people like they are.
This is the lesson of history. The lesson told in every story covered and not covered by the news.
People behave like monsters but there are no monsters, only people.
However, people make music and paint and dance. People build beautiful things. People sing. People smile and laugh. People reach out with kindness to people they know and to people half a world away. People help. People weep for the pain of those far away or long ago. People care. People give. People love.
Human beings are both of these things. Human beings are the demon and the angel. This is why human beings are so terrifying and beautiful.
And why I prefer cats.