My wife thinks I have an obsession with Hitler...and...I sort of do. (This is part of my dark side.) I don't want to be like him, I'm just confused with how a total buffoon could buffalo the whole world? A wimpy homeless charlatan became the "Supreme Ruler", der Fuehrer; think about that? So, I have been on a search to find out how? After reading boatloads of books and watching countless grainy WW2 documentaries on TV, I think I found an answer:
a chocolate bar.
Yes, that's right, a chocolate bar. "Chris, you're nuts?" No I'm not, you must hear me out. In the book "The Mascot" by Mark Kuzem, I read about how a small Latvian boy, dressed in a cute soldier's uniform, would stand by the door of a cattle train offering chocolate bars to Jewish families to get them to jump in. The boy testified to his dark deed, "I was told I should make sure to give every person a big smile as I presented their chocolate. It seemed my job was to pacify them before their journey, especially the children, who loved chocolates."
"So that's what I did - on and on throughout the afternoon. My jaw ached from smiling."
And so the people willingly boarded the train, believing all would be alright because nothing could be more innocent than a boy offering a chocolate bar. What could be so bad?
"Next stop: the slaughter house!"
All it took was a lie, a piece of chocolate and a smile. That's how the Austrian Corporal did it, through sweet lies. A new book that has come out asks the same question, "How do you kill 11 million people?" Answer: You lie to them...with sugar added. The power of this kind of lie is that it hides the hideous consequences and pacifies outrage simply by applying a sugar coating. When a lie is sweetened with an immediate reward, people will bite, not even caring that they may have just sealed their fate.
Sin wins when the immediate rewards of a lie seem better than the long-term promises of truth.
Have you ever tried to take away someone's chocolate? Have you ever tried to take candy from a baby? Oh yeah, we are told it is easy, that is until the baby's mother slaps you across the face and sharply scolds you for bringing untold emotional pain upon her innocent child! You become "the bad guy" when you don't let people have the chocolate. So for most of us, instead of being called a trouble maker, we give in and let others bite into the lie.
* "You see that blob on the ultra-sound machine, it is a fetus. Go ahead and remove it and you can have your life back with a simple five minute procedure. See how easy it is?" ("But wait," says the mean ole' Christian, "It's a lie, you are killing a baby.") "No, a fetus is only human tissue. Don't ruin that young woman's dreams. Don't enslave her. You are waging war on an innocent woman!"
In other words, don't take away her chocolate bar. Shut up and give up...
* "The man says he loves you, so give in and give him your body." ("But wait," says the puritanical bible believer, "It's a lie, true love does what is best for the other. True love respects the words of God and his plan for marriage.") "No, enjoy your freedom now. Don't wait and ruin a healthy part of every new relationship. Please the man and you will please yourself."
In other words, don't take away his chocolate bar. Shut up and give in...
* "Eat this, buy this, & use credit...it's too good to wait. And you deserve it now!" ("Have you seen the interest rate?" says the stingy old father, "it will put you in slavery to the debtor.") "But it is fun, don't take away my fun. And plus, everyone else is doing it. C'mon daddy, don't rain on my parade!"
In other words, don't take away our chocolate. Shut up and give out...
Lies, lies, lies - - and the hits keep on rolling, from every institution across our land. Politicians love sweet lies, "you can keep your doctor." ("No you can't," says the doom-saying conservative fool). Just laugh at him...mock...& ridicule. That will shut them up. Pastor's love sweet lies, "you can have your best life now." ("But what about self-control?" Says the fuddy-duddy small church pastor). Just ignore...sing loud with hands raised...& cry. Hollywood loves sweet lies, "You can't expect someone to stay married to one person their whole life?" Silence...silence.. silence...because the church has given up, in and out on that one!
The story is sad but true: the holocaust wasn't hidden. People in Germany knew, there were 20,000 concentration camps across Europe, and there were 6 large exclusive extermination camps where mass slaughter of Jews took place. People had to know!
One of the most shameful stories related to the people's silence was an incident when a church sang louder. One German church knew that the train that came by during service was loaded with Jews being transported out of the country. They saw the yellow star of David. They witnessed the seizure of property by the Storm Troopers and SS men. They knew.
So instead of stopping the slaughter, they sang louder. Yes, when you sing loud you can't hear. You can't hear the screams, moans and cries for help. We turn on the TV; make it louder, the movie needs to be louder, turn the ipod louder. As Mary Poppins says, "A spoon-full of sugar helps the medicine go down..."
Wait, no that's not right, it goes like this, "A spoon-full of sugar let's the lie do down, the lie go down...in the most DELIGHTFUL way!"