“National Socialists believe in idealism. Believe in something that is worth more than our own single human life. We’re willing to die for something. When you’re ready to die for something, then you’re alive. And until you are ready to die for something, you have no real fanaticism. Just at dinner a little while ago, some of the fellows were telling me, ‘Well it’s terrible to be a fanatic.’ Well, how do you think this country got here? How all the great inventions ever got there? Any one of you that is not a fanatic in one thing or another, whatever it is you’re studying: if you’re a doctor, be a fanatical doctor, otherwise you’ll be nothing. You’ll be an ordinary old chug-chug kind of guy, and when you die, nobody will notice it. But if you’re a fanatic, you’ll produce something and you’ll be great; you’ll create.
Creativity IS fanaticism. Every creative genius has had to be a fanatic. Many of them have been burned at the stake. So we are idealogical and idealistic fanatics, just like the Communists, by the way. In between the Communists and National Socialists is the great mass of non-fanatics, the TV watchers and the comic book readers.”
Okay, pretend National Socialism is right-wing and not actually just socialism with extra steps. And maybe pretend that the Germans did not hate the Slavs with a passion.
Occasionally the platitudes of elementary school are correct. If something is worth doing, then it’s worth doing right. Where school was wrong, though, is teaching you that things totally unworthy of doing were of the highest importance.
Everything good and beautiful has come from being radical. No great work of art was made on a lazy Sunday afternoon. All beauty comes through suffering. Do you think DaVinci and Shakespeare were not fanatics? Do you think Mozart and Tolkein never faced difficulty? The world is full of JK Rowlings and Stephanie Meyers, and they blossom for a season, but in time they will be forgotten as a footnote in a textbook.
Like we said in our last post, the majority of people have nothing to live for. They A-B test their beliefs. They’ll say something, and if it gets a negative result, then they’ll tweak it. If it gets a positive result, they’ll double down.
People like those whom they agree with. They like those who are charming and good-looking. They like people who will agree to like them.
The worst part is these people claim the moral high ground. They insist that you are alone and that everyone has left you behind. You are the bad guy, because you point out their own flaws. You broke the social contract. You said the un-sayable. It’s the morality of Harry Potter. “Everyone is a hero. Just know the difference between good and evil, and root for good!” says the Tony Stark-like character in Rick and Morty season 3 episode 4. Pick the right side, and you can do no wrong.
Philosophy is art. Nietzsche understood this. The aesthetics reflect upon the ideology. If something is boring to read or look at, then what it is expressing is probably boring as well. Humans instinctively reject boredom — or at least a certain kind of boredom. There is a value to being “bored” while thinking quietly or focusing on a menial task.
But the boredom that comes from a meaningless life is a different beast altogether. We cannot escape it, so we look for every distraction possible, when what we really want — but are terrified of — is something to be fanatical over. Not just your bubbly 22-year-old girl “I love Jesus!” pop-evangelical fanaticism, but something that brings a deep sense of meaning regardless of how others view it. Jesus himself said that your good works count for nothing if you do it for applause.