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Lena The term 'folk Nazi' (146* d) RE: The term 'folk Nazi' 12 Sep 00


Groucho Marxist.First of all,there couldn't be any anti-semitic subtext in my message.the though is quite laughable;it would mean to deny the jew bits in my roots,to deny the great-grandfather I'm so proud of who had a fair bit of problems in being in Germany during the war.it would mean to deny the fact that the majority of my friends are jew,it would mean to forget that i was brought in an anti-intolerance family environment and I'm not offended about your label given that you don't know me personally...but really,you made a glamorous mistake.What I was telling is:beware of any intolerance.Because what was perpetrated in that occasion wasn't some evil power taking possession of a crowd.It was what is in human nature.Those people,when they did what they did,tought to be right.they thought they were defending theirselves from some other 'evil' human beings.A trigger for intolerance is exactly this one of demonizing other people.So,of course,we all know that any crime against human beings is...well,there are not enough words in our language to express how terrible it is(there is music,thank god...and yesterday I saw and amazing orchestra piece about victims in Vietnam War that said exactly what i'm thinking now),but it's not coming form outside us.It's a mechanism we can fall in if brainwashed and unaware.Intolerance is an old weapon we used thousands of years ago to defend ourselves.It's still there,and we must overcome it.If we don't,we are all liable to fall in the trick.And if i was being provocative,ok.And yes,fascist is the italian correspondent of nazi and in my over-communist background I heard it said thousands of times.But it's the same stuff:aggressive,devastating intollerance.But labels help us going:'ok,i'm not a fascist,so i'm right.'So I don't have to whatch out for the intollerance that may be there,inside my nature.But intolerance is there,and we must beware of it,and trace it,and overcome it,and never stop thinking,and never severe ourselves from others.Because it's easy to feel connected with victims of these crimes,and feel sorry,and feel outraged,and feel angry at others...what's less easy,and more humiliating,is to put ourselves in the murderer's mind,recognize the pattern and say:there!!It's there that he screwed up and the mechanism started,and I must never fall in it.If I'm not wrong,a long time ago some Konrad Lorenz man got flamed when he argued that aggressivity was a typical human trait and blah blah.What he was doing was giving us a chance to be aware of the trigger we had in our nature,and overcoming it.

And,Groucho Marxist,you had my favourite cookie at the Mudcat and I'd miss it.


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