On The Inhumanity of Fanaticism

Santhyana, George
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p82
This article presents information on the social conditions of Germany. Indeed, the inhumanity of fanaticism does not lie chiefly in the conscientious crimes which it dictates here and there; it lies rather in the miserable imaginary end itself, for the sake of which those crimes are committed. A "truth," a salvation," a Kultur, which wars and persecutions hope to diffuse is presumably spurious. Men presently will cry out to be saved from that salvation and enlightened out of that truth; they will gasp to escape from the heavy regime of that Kultur, so as to see this green world for themselves, and live and learn after their own fashion. The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to candor and to humor.


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