The nature of tyranny


Dietrich Bonhoeffer started his work on Ethics in 1939. Due to World War II and Hitler’s pursuit of Bonhoeffer and his thought and writings, he was never able to finish the work. The following excerpt is relevant for us today. As much as anything, it shows that the human heart really doesn’t change very much. 

The news that God has become man strikes at the very heart of an age in which both the good and the wicked regard either scorn for man or the idolization of man as the highest attainable wisdom. The weaknesses of human nature are displayed more clearly in a time of storm that in the smooth course of more peaceful periods. In the face of totally unexpected threats and opportunities it is fear, desire, irresolution, and brutality which reveal themselves as the motives for the actions of the overwhelming majority.

At such a time as…

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