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catatonicconundrum:

adolfi:

Hitler flirting with Eva Braun.

I don’t know how this makes me feel

It makes me feel very uncomfortable

You know what’s so uncomfortable about this? It shows that perhaps one of the most evil men in history, was a human being. That, on occasion, he could be nice, even flirty. That’s not all. You want to see evil people as evil, screaming horrible stuff over a desk with 20 microphones with 20, 000 people saluting them. The evil is clear and recognizable then. This shows a completely different image, it scares you because that means that evil isn’t a stereotype, that evil is not recognizable, that evil could be anyone. It scares you because this shows that could be lurking inside anyone and you’ll never ever know. Maybe in you? 

i reblogged this literally like 2 minutes ago, but i want this version because of that comment ^

That comment is one of my favorite post commentaries, because it’s completely right. People aren’t inherently evil. Like good, it’s a role they grow and live into. We have just as much potential to destroy as this man exhibited. And it’s a very eye opening experience to realize that.

does anyone even remember that one time hitler attended that luncheon between world leaders, some guests of which even included china’s socialist leader as well as Stalin. And then when they were ordering, everyone was gladly ordering impressive dishes one after the other, but Hitler placed an order for barley tea and a pheasant (considered a peasant’s meal by standard). When he was questioned as to why he would order something like this in something as grand as a world leader’s congress, he replied,

“I don’t smoke when my people cannot smoke, and I cannot eat when my people are going hungry.”

He wasn’t evil for its own sake, let’s try to remember that despite the countless murders, but for a moment, he did actually believe he was doing something for the good of his countrymen.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE

No, he’s right. Hitler, though extremely wrong in his views, did everything for what he thought would better the lives of his people. It was wrong. It was disgustingly, horribly wrong. But he did not do it because it was evil and he was evil. He did it because he believed it would help Germany and those who needed a better life. Those who don’t understand or even try to understand the human brain will always label men like him as ‘evil’ because it is easier to accept. But he wasn’t ‘evil.’ He felt love and loyalty and responsibilities. He simply took these aspects and morphed them into a twisted, violent thing. 

Tumblr is probably the only place we could have this conversation and not be lynched.

dang son

“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”


― Tom Hiddleston

This post speaks to an ultimate truth. Everyone believes that they’re right in what they do, and that they’re doing good. If someone knew that what they were doing was wrong, they wouldn’t do it.

No one on this post is defending him, what he did was beyond unspeakable, but we realize that he thought he was doing the right thing, however perverted and horrible it was.

Hitler was actually a very social person. He was a people’s person, that was why he was able to gain so many followers. He was able to persuade others with a few simple words. Hitler was not the beginning of Jews being persecuted, they had been persecuted for centuries before that. Hitler persecuted the Jews because of history. In Queen Isabel’s reign of Spain, the Jews were persecuted because they were accused of causing all kinds of diseases and they were money loaners. The Jews had been hated because they loaned money with a high interest rate. Back when the Church was the law maker for Europe and their Monarchs, Catholics were prohibited from loaning out money with an interest rate, the Jews took advantage of that and became money lenders, that is why we now have the saying, “I’ve been Jewed.” Hitler believed that the Jews were “evil” because they were the doctors and the lawyers and the money lenders. Germans were bottom of the food chain after WWI, but the Jews were doing well, they had successful businesses. Hitler wasn’t evil per se, he wanted his nation to be at its best. And he believed killing all the Jews would bring Germany back to its glorious old self. Where other nations would hire their soldiers to help defend their countries. Hitler himself was a very cunning man. He used his talents to get what he wanted and to get the German population to agree with him that all Jews were evil. What Hitler did was evil, but everyone has a different view of evil. In Germany, they are so ashamed that they don’t teach the Holocaust on school.

Well, that was your mini history lesson for today. And the only reason I know all this is because my school just did the Survivor and it’s all about the Holocaust and we had to do research. And my sister is a History Major and she’s going to teach History.

(Source: axishistory)

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If we don’t know our own story well, in its darkness as well as its light, we cannot know the story of ‘the other’ in its fullness. And if we cannot empathize imaginatively with other people’s stories, how much can we know about the real news of the world?
Thomas Merton (via holabrody)

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locusimperium:

It’s 2014, why are dudebro atheists still proclaiming that Jesus never existed

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humansofnewyork:

"One day a crazy looking homeless guy came to the door, and we were about to close the door on him, but my mother saw him and shouted: ‘Hey Eugene!’ She knew his name! Then she ran around the kitchen putting all sorts of food into tupperware, and brought it out to him. After he left, we asked my mom why she gave him so much food. She told us: ‘You never know how Jesus is going to look when he shows up.’ She was always saying that— it was a spiritual thing. Then you know what happened? Two months later, that same man showed up on the door step, clean shaven, and wearing a suit. And he had an envelope with money for my mother. ‘Ms. Rosa always believed in me,’ he said. I’ll never forget it! Eugene was his name."

humansofnewyork:

"One day a crazy looking homeless guy came to the door, and we were about to close the door on him, but my mother saw him and shouted: ‘Hey Eugene!’ She knew his name! Then she ran around the kitchen putting all sorts of food into tupperware, and brought it out to him. After he left, we asked my mom why she gave him so much food. She told us: ‘You never know how Jesus is going to look when he shows up.’ She was always saying that— it was a spiritual thing. Then you know what happened? Two months later, that same man showed up on the door step, clean shaven, and wearing a suit. And he had an envelope with money for my mother. ‘Ms. Rosa always believed in me,’ he said. I’ll never forget it! Eugene was his name."

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"Love unbinds us; it gives us a sense of infinitude and eternity. But that is precisely why love for Zossima must, in fact be bound.

It cannot go flying off into nowhere in the imagination; it must be bound by acts of love, by what Zossima calls active love.

Active love means that love has to become joined to an action, a gesture, or a deed.

One must give an onion or a pound of nuts, put a pillow under someone’s head, or help a freezing peasant out of the snow.

Active love is more than a feeling or a thought; it is a concrete action.

The Grand Inquisitor and Ivan doubt that love exists or that it is a source of agency or power.

Indeed, love does not “exist”; rather, there is the possibility of creating it.

Active love is as much such a creation as is a poem. It is poetry of small, wordless gestures and signs.

Once one begins to practice active love, one can potentially acquire faith. As we advance in love, we “grow surer of the reality of God and of the Immortality of [the] soul.”

Belief, however, can be maintained or restored only by doing the creative work active love requires.

Belief is born secondarily to the experience of love. Dostoevsky knows that for modern human beings there can be no belief without experience, and that the only earthly experience that can lead to belief in Christ or God is active love.

In love one abandons all judgement, all logic of good and evil, of beautiful and ugly.

Real love, which for Zossima is nonjudgmental love, makes one naturally ethical because the happiness of loving and being loved is so great that one is naturally good.

There’s no other conceivable path.

When love does exist, it feels like our nature. Markel (Zossima’s elder brother), Zossima, and Alyosha are characters who have discovered their nature; they have discovered: “I am and I love.”

Alyosha is Dostoevsky’s main example of active love. Alyosha, as the narrator tells us, is his hero about whom he hoped to write a second volume.

Like Zossima, Alyosha listens impartially and mostly silently to the traumas and sufferings of others. His position is similar to that of the psychoanalyst in that his being is a clearing in which others can appear and become visible; he has space for others because his own ego is not in the way.

They appear as Lise does-as hysterical, cruel, weak; and yet Alyosha simply accepts this, as does Zossima. Unlike the Grand Inquisitor, Alyosha and Zossima do not see the other as in need of correction or as tragic.

Neither do they think that the Grand Inquisitor’s radically de-idealized vision of humans is wrong; contrary to him, however, although they see the same human condition he does, they let it be.

They refuse to judge the other, the fellow human being. Dostoevsky seems to understand, as Freud did, that judgement (or the superego) is a castrating agency and that it severs one from infinitude.

Thus Zossima preaches that we should not judge. He teaches a radical detachment from judgment, a positive unwillingness to judge:

"Remember particularly that you cannot be a judge of any one."

He insists on no strict boundaries between “I” and an opponent, “you.”

He is a new kind of ego-less subject.

But if I am the other, does this not mean that I am not myself? Does it mean some self-loss?

We dread any self-loss; but Zossima calls it a gift we should welcome because it frees us from doubt and it is our chance for rebirth.

"If you attain to perfect self-forgetfulness in the love of your neighbor, then you will believe without doubt, and no doubt can possibly enter your soul. This has been tried, This is certain."

For Zossima, self-forgetfulness, liberation from our own ego and its clamorous demands, is the gift that love gives us.

Love brings a voiding of our ego, which allows us to fill it anew. Unless, however, your loving attains to this void or self-emptiness, you have no chance for renewal.

This is what Christ meant when he said unless you die, you cannot be reborn or begin anew.”

from the Introduction by Marie Jaanus for “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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ourlowlylovelyking:

mylittlerewolution:

Did you know that you can make houses out of plastic bottles? By filling them with sand, and molding them together with mud or cement, the walls created are actually bullet proof, fire proof, and will maintain an comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.

And it’s not like there is any shortage on used plastic bottles out there. Here are some statistics from treehugger.com:

“The United States uses 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day which is 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!”

To build a two bedroom, 1200 square foot home, it takes about 14,000 bottles.

The United States throws away enough plastic bottles to build 9257 of these 2 bedroom houses per day! That’s just over 3.35 million homes, the same number of homeless people in America.

Many people in third world countries have taken up building homes out of plastic bottles, from Africa to Asia. Perhaps the trend will catch on in America and all of those bottles will stop ending up in the landfills. Wouldn’t they be better off housing the homeless? Kinda like all those empty houses scattered all over the country?

This is AMAZING! And the outside is pretty. People are so creative. Praise G-d! c:

(Source: spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com)

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contrariansoul:

When someone gives us a watch but we never wear it, the watch is not really received. When someone offers us an idea but we do not respond to it, that idea is not truly received. When someone introduces us to a friend but we ignore him or her, that friend does not feel well received.

Receiving is an art. It means allowing the other to become part of our lives. It means daring to become dependent on the other. It asks for the inner freedom to say: “Without you I wouldn’t be who I am.” Receiving with the heart is therefore a gesture of humility and love. So many people have been deeply hurt because their gifts were not well received. Let us be good receivers.

Henri Nouwen

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I am so weary of blog after blog and post after post analyzing and comparing various celebrity pastors, bloggers, etc. I don’t care why ________ is just as bad as _______ or how _____ is the progressive version of _________. What happened to working out your own faith with fear and trembling?
Disenchanted Christian Blogger (via gospelofthekingdom)

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To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.
Blessed John Henry Newman (via gospelofthekingdom)

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