ESSAY Adolf Hitler's piece entitled Mein Kampf is based on his "own theories of government, and his plans for the development of his National Socialist (Nazi) party, and his eventual conquest of Europe" (Hitler 389). Hitler begins by expressing his view of the fundamental principles of Nature's rule and the consequences for acting out of nature. He describes higher development and how it resulted in the defilement of blood. He then talks about culture and creativity and how cultures are perished. He introduces the "Aryan" race and how they differ from the Jews. Hitler believes there is one trait that is superior to all others and discusses why the Jews do not posses this trait.
The essay concludes with thoughts of how Hitler got people to perceive and believe in his message and how he gained support by proclaiming his plans for development. Excellent introduction. Hitler claims the most fundamental principle of Nature's rule is "the inner segregation of the species of all living beings on this earth" (Hitler 390). This is illustrated by the fact that every animal mates only with a member of its same species with only a few unusual circumstances to change this.
It is primarily the "compulsion of captivity or any other cause that makes it impossible to mate within the same species" (Hitler 390). When this law of mating within the species is violated, the consequence is "the sharp outward delimitation of the various races" (Hitler 391) and "their uniform character in themselves" (Hitler 391). Higher development is a result of only the strongest and healthiest members of a species mating. This higher development mating not only improves the species overall health but gives them a power of resistance against disease and extinction. If the inferior were allowed to mate with higher development there would be a loss of higher breeding and thousands of years of work would be "ruined with one blow" (Hitler 391). One historical development stands out in Hitler's view as the defilement of blood when the Latin immigrants mixed with the aborigines.
This development "clearly and distinctly recognize[s] the effect of racial mixture" (Hitler 391) and the result of a different humanity and culture. The result of this racial mixture is the "lowering of the level of the higher race" (Hitler 392) and the physical and intellectual regression that enhanced the beginning of a slow but sure progressing sickness. Hitler believes the origin of culture and creativity is from only a few people of perhaps only one race and that the existence of the whole culture depends on those few people. Former cultures perished because "the originally creative race died out from blood poisoning" (Hitler 392) and the ultimate cause of this such decline was "their forgetting that all culture depends on men and not conversely" (Hitler 392).
Hitler divides mankind into three groups, "the founders of culture, the bearers of culture, [and] the destroyers of culture" (Hitler 393). Hitler's proof that the Aryan was the "founder of all higher humanity" was from the fact that the Aryan's were the race that originated the foundations and walls of all human creation. The only differences between various peoples were the outward form and colour, which were determined by the changing traits of character. The Aryan "provides the mightiest building stone and plans for all human progress and only the execution corresponds to the nature of the varying men and races" (Hitler 393).
According to Hitler, self-preservation is an expression of the will to live. "In the most primitive living creatures the instinct of self-preservation does not go beyond concern for their own ego" (Hitler 393). This expression of will to live results in "the animal liv[ing] only for himself, seek[ing] food only for his present hunger, and fight[ing] only for his own life" (Hitler 393). There are some distinctive differences between the Aryan and the Jew, one being that the Jews "intelligence is not a result of his own development, but of visual instruction through foreigners" (Hitler 395). Unlike the Aryan whose intelligence is a result of his own development. Another difference is that the Jews self-preservation is "larger than that of other peoples" (Hitler 396), and they only care about themselves compares to the Aryan's who care for their entire race of species.
Another difference is that "if the Jews were alone in th[e] world, they would stifle in filth and offal" (Hitler 396). They would also "try to get ahead of one another in hate-filled struggle and exterminate one another" (Hitler 396). Unlike the Aryan who would live in a healthy and safe environment and who would join forces with one another. The one trait that Hitler believes is superiority is the idealistic attitude, and this is acquired by the education of growing up "amidst the manifestation of [the] present general civilization" (Hitler 396).
The Jews culture was always provided by others and therefore lacked creativity and culture bless. The message by Hitler would be well received by the German people because he put the German race on a pedestal and viewed them as being the greatest race among human kind. Gypsies, Poles, Russians, Jews, and other undesirables were viewed as filth and were the weaker races that should be not allowed to exist. Hitler's message to exterminate these races would result in the sole domination of mankind by the German race. Hitler was attacking the ideas of human equality and racial mixture.
Hitler did not believe in human equality, he believed the German race was of higher development and all other races were inferior and should be subject to "severe living conditions that by them alone the number is limited" (Hitler 391). Hitler would gain support of other races by disseminating his beliefs about the Jews. If Hitler could show these other races that the world would be a much better place without the Jews and that everyone would be better off with them gone, he would gain not only their support but their undivided attention. What kinds of political and economic conditions existed in Germany after 1919 that might have made the German people more receptive to Hitler's ideas? Why was he attacking liberalism and socialism? In conclusion, Hitler's piece gave great detail of the actions he would undertake in World War II.
If only the nations had read Mein Kampf carefully, bloodshed, grief and destruction could have been spared. Hitler demonstrated strong beliefs and views in his piece that are still being talked about today. The thousands of deaths of innocent victims and the torture that they endured are still nightmares in many people today. Adolf Hitler was a disturbing man who had only one focus in life, to rid the world of "undesirables" and to gain complete domination of the world and mankind. Works Cited Hitler, Adolf. "Mein Kampf," Sources of World Civilization.
Volume II Since 1500. Ed. Oliver Johnson. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1994. 389-397.