Sometimes I will talk to somebody who says “Most people are just little self-pitying worms and the important thing in life is to be a man, to sin greatly, and enjoy death!” And I’ll think “He means me! I am one of those self-pitying worms. I am not one of those human macho beasts who enjoys death!” And that person will frighten me.
But I realized at some point that it was not an accident that the person’s speech frightened me — it was designed to frighten people! They don’t actually believe it — they haven’t even thought very hard. They just figured out a way to talk that would raise everybody else’s fear level. All this stuff about daring to sin and loving death is just bullshit.
But where did it come from?
Jonathan Swift explained it in “A TALE OF A TUB” which I read recently. The inhabitants of mental hospitals are just like great generals and great philosophers. They believe crazy things. And the first person that they drove crazy was in each case, themselves.
Hitler was just a terrified, confused, self-pitying shmo, but at some point the odd idea arose in his mind that he was going to redeem Germany and he was always right. He got a hot hand in some political backstabbing and that stupid idea captured the poor shmos mind, and then, being cognitively captured as he was, he went on to capture others with the “life is a terrifying and lonely and beautiful embrace of death” bullshit line which I have described.
Too bad, right? Let’s not let people scare us with this nonsense, okay?