"In short, Hitler has as many mitigating circumstances as anyone else and was no more responsible for his virtues and his faults than, say, Mother Teresa. In a sense his faults, like those of the rest of us, were external obstacles. Personal, to be sure, but not internal."
Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get through a book where I constantly disagree with the writer.
On the other hand it is a great exercise in more than one way. It teaches me patience, tolerance, understanding… what ever, it was not the point with my blog entry.
The writer’s opinion is based on ideas by Sigmund Freud.
From my point of view, I would say that if this were true, we would still be monkeys.
Yes, what happens in our childhood affects us and shapes our future life, but it does not carve it in stone like an unavoidable fate.
We are always responsible for what we do, and also for what we feel.
As I see it we have a brain and a soul working in symbioses, both in control of our mind and body.
If you let your brain take the major charge of your life, you don’t develop and any changes are for “worse”, moving towards comfort and less challenges both mentally and bodily.
If the soul is dominant over the brain, you develop constantly and you learn to control yourself and gain a larger understanding for the people around you.
The brain wants to find the easy way and is apt to fall back into known tracks.
The soul searches for the answers and continues to ask questions. It can change the brain’s deep tracks and make it take new routes.
In short, Hitler may have had a bad childhood, like too many kids all over the world. This may excuse him for hating Jews, but in my opinion it does not make him less responsible for not doing something about this hate.
And yes, this is an internal obstacle.