“However monstrous the deeds were, the doer was neither monstrous nor demonic, and the only specific characteristic one could detect in his past as well as in his behavior during the trial and the preceding police examination was something entirely negative: it was not stupidity but a curious, quite authentic inability to think.”
Speaking of Adolf Eichman
Arendt’s observation on Eichman here is fascinating if only because this phenomenon she locates is ubiquitous currently. If Arendt is correct about Eichman we might even be justified in labeling our culture “The Eichman Culture.”
There is, perhaps, a connection between the cultural environs in which Eichman was raised and in our current cultural environs. That connection may well be the presence of the Prussian model for education. The Prussian model was known for its ability to inculcate conformity in students and over time eventually matriculated to America and other countries. (Including Austria where Eichman was educated.) The Prussian education model was adopted by an oppressive Prussian system that wanted to brainwash its citizens into loyalty.
The American “Educator,” Horace Mann brought the Prussian model to America, though in bringing the model here even Mann admitted, “The Prussians were using public education to crush the independent spirits of their children and ensure loyalty to their leader.”
Herein lies the potential connection between Adolf Eichman and, to use Arendt’s words, “(his) curious, quite authentic inability to think,” and our current Eichman culture in which we are now living and have been for quite some time. Just as Eichman was formed by a Prussian educational model so as to learn to check his thinking (reasoning) ability at the door so modern Americans have been trained like so many circus seals, to do the same in our public education system.
What else accounts for the absolutely ghastly exhibition of instant conformity by so many Americans to the diktats of the State during this Wuhan virus except that we, as a people, have been, via the public educational system, brainwashed into loyalty?
Alternately, perhaps the fact of the repeated heavy dosages of Huxley’s Soma by the American public accounts for the “Night of the Living Dead” unthinking Zombie like behavior that is characterized by the Zombie’s curious, quite authentic inability to think.” Perhaps it is a combination of both being publicly educated and taking large doses of Soma that accounts for American torpidity in the face of the most egregious outrages.
Consider, despite the facts that
1.) The statistics, from right out of the gate, never came close to being representative of the future impact of the disease. Some very smart people were saying this from day #1 and this was out there in the information glut to be discovered.
2.) It was soon apparent that it was blue states which were curiously overwhelmingly more affected and infected than red states, thus communicating soon after this plannedemic started, that more was in the air than a virus.
3.) This plannedemic curiously arrived right on the heels of the failed attempt to impeach the President and strangely timed to impact the upcoming Presidential election.
4.) The scores of decades long and consistent train in the same direction of the US Government lying to the American people
Despite these known or soon known facts Americans have chosen to agree to their own economic seppuku (self-disemboweling) as opposed to telling various Governments to go “bugger themselves.” What else can explain this absolute Eichmanian impulse to remain characterized by our “curious, quite authentic inability to think?”
But wait … there’s more. Eight weeks later we continue to cling to our Eichmanian “curious, quite authentic inability to think,” despite the fact that we have,
1.) Almost 40 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits.
2.) Upwards to over 40% of our small businesses never reopening.
3.) The Bill of Rights (1-10) being stamped out before our very eyes.
4.) Invoked a social distancing which has alienated us more than ever.
5.) Endangered the health of non-Wuhan people by denying them accessibility to needed hospital treatment.
6.) Fostered a climate where suicide, depression, domestic violence, anxiety, dejection, despondency, loneliness, etc. have all spiked.
7.) Universally masked ourselves, even to the point of wearing the damn things when we are alone in our vehicles or are out riding our bikes and/or walking.
8.) Universally masked ourselves despite the fact that the damn things are nearly irrelevant.
9.) Quite possibly have insured a world wide depression
10.) Created a “Stasi” like informant culture that finds the drones eagerly on the lookout for those who actually do think so that the jejune drones may turn them in to the proper authorities.
Despite all that, I still routinely stumble on conversations like what is found below;
(Eichmanian “curious, quite authentic inability to think,” Drone says);
“I really don’t get why so many folks are all angry about mask-wearing and *still* saying people are wearing masks because they are afraid. From the beginning, all I heard officials and medical professionals saying was that it reduced the risk of the wearer spreading the virus, not getting it. So why do people keep banging on the idea that mask wearers are doing it to protect themselves? They’re doing it to protect others, or at least that’s supposed to be the reason for doing it and has been from the beginning. What’s the big deal?”
Who then, despite being given evidence of all that’s been said above, plus,
1.) Masks don’t work
2.) Asymptomatic transmission is a myth
3.) The WHO says “If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with COVID-19”
4.) Masks that are not fitted cause more illness
Still, despite all those realities, the Eichmanian Drone in the end says,
“I find it a low-impact consideration, especially given its apparent controversy these days. I find it better to err on the side of caution for something that has the potential to negatively impact others; and that applies regardless of whether or not anyone thinks masks are effective. To me, that does not seem like an unreasonable accommodation.”
There is just no curing this kind of defiance of the facts. We have a whole nation of Eichmanian drones upon whom no logic…. no facts …. no science will make any dent. They are indeed infected by the “curious, quite authentic inability to think.”
Keep in mind dear reader that this is not an affliction that merely affects us peasants — no, indeed. Some of the most shining examples of people I’ve ever met afflicted with the “curious, quite authentic inability to think,” have been Ph.D.’s working as Professors or Lawyers or Doctors. One’s “learning” or position or status has little to do with sidestepping the “curious, quite authentic inability to think.” This is a malady that is occupationally and educationally omnipresent in our culture. It crosses lines of gender, class, race, education, occupation, and religion. (Just try having an intelligent conversation with the average Reformed cleric).
And so those of us that somehow were able to escape, by God’s grace alone, the impact of the Prussian education model as well as the heavy dosages of Soma just have to plug along reminding ourselves after every contact with the Eichmanian drones that “on the island of the insane only the sane are considered insane” and that only God’s grace can pull them out of living in jejune-ville.
Now, in closing, I remind myself that one consequence of this article will be to send the Eichmanian drones into a fit because if there is anything an Eichmanian drone knows it is that in no way is he or she and Eichmanian drone.
Here’s the point: While those in Big Government and Big Media are of course responsible for all of these types of pain and the fundamental transformation of the country that, some are candid enough to admit, they hope it brings about, culpability lay not with them alone.
The masses of Americans who have bought hook, line, and sinker, without a moment’s hesitation, the Zombie tale of an Apocalyptic Virus are as well responsible for the immense suffering that their endorsement has left in its wake.