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Vain repetition and David's personal flaw *(spoilers)* Trying too hard to be perfect QA 6 QA 5 QA 4 Did you know QA 3 QA 2 QA 1 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) View all posts >


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Hahaha! Being laughed at for all eternity as a fool seems like a fair way to go in his case. Edit (10-17-2019): Foreword from "The story of the White Rose: Shattering the German Night (1st ed.) by Annette E. Dumbach and Jud Newborn, published 1986. -- Even before Adolf Hitler took power, enduring the twelve brutal years of National Socialist rule, there existed what is known as "the other Germany." Its voice was not the prevailing one -- at times it was weakened and nearly choked off -- but those individuals who sang with vibrant clarity while the world around them was shouting shared an energy, grace, and courage unsurpassed anywhere. Statistics are inaccurate guides to reality, but sometimes we have very little else. One million Germans are said to have passed through the concentration camps and prisons; according to conservative estimates, at least 40,000 Germans were killed in the Nazi terror, 15,000 of them civilians executed for political crimes. To the German men and women who resisted, this book is dedicated. "Not in the flight of thought But in the act alone is there freedom." -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from "Stations on the Way to Freedom, written in prison, July 1944 ~~/o/ When the cold, hard facts are not allowed to be spoken, either due to the ruling party in question fearing criticism, or when trying to speak the truth to those who don't care about it (online trolls and legit peddlers), comedy is the way to having a voice. In real life, that was one of the few methods Germans could bad mouth Hitler and the Nazis without raising too much suspicion, by the use of subtext or double meaning discreetly hidden in messages. ~~/o/ The top brass of the Third Reich, after the doubtful but successful invasion of France, never again considered the repercussions their inhumane actions and incredible lack of civil wartime conduct would backfire on Germany should the tide of the conflict turn against them. It did by January/February 1943 when Operation Barbarossa in the Soviet Union was finally halted during the hellish bloodbath of Stalingrad. ~~/o/ (1 minute read. Short version: skip to paragraph 3) For the United States, who actually didn't care for reparations in the Treaty of Versailles the same as Great Britain and France did, it meant becoming a huge money lender for Germany to loan from in order to pay on their overwhelming debts. It helped that post-World War I US relations with Germany were not as bitter compared to the other belligerents. Also, the large German American community which provided strong cultural links between the two, bridging the gap in any animosity. In defense of GB and FR, other than the scores of raw numbers of lives Russia lost in the eastern European front, the British and French were determined to ensure all their soldier's lives were not in vain (it seemed justified at the time, doing most of the fighting). Big department store chains were coming to Germany, boosted by American industry. This was great for German traders and commercial businesses in the urban areas but not good for German farmers, who benefited from financial inflation that made it easier to pay their property and agricultural lots in the countryside. Now their lands would be devalued by a recovering economy but very little actual innovation. This meant subpar food harvests. Basically, the rich were taken care first since fixing the economy came initially in order to stabilize Germany during so many emerging coups and rebellions (Hitler's failed 1923 attempt for instance). This was possible since Germany's military was still intact despite being greatly cut in size, enjoying popular support across the nation (not to mention the Red Army Soviets gaining traction in neighboring Czarist Russia, causing uncertainty too). Though, being so heavily dependent on American capital meant that when the U.S. stock market crashed in 1929, Germany went down with it in shock and panic. A lot of this info came from the TIME GHOST HISTORY YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4DBfKNpE-dc ~~/o/ Ouch dude, it hurt to read your personal flush out. As a perfectionist, I can relate. The way we feel about ourselves on the inside is often what people see on the outside. I don't mean to make assumptions here; confidence is crucial to see perception from reality. I say that from experience. Young people can be so needlessly cruel. Look at it this way, the more they tried to tear you down, the more likely they were jealous of you for some reason and felt the need to place themselves above you. Validation from our fellow peers is an important part of growing up because the world can be a scary place and we have yet to learn to be true to ourselves. Judging by the way you hold yourself up in your posts, you have become a stronger person, not due to them, but in spite of them, which is impressive. Bravo. 👏 ~~/o/ You are one bold lad, Shogie, haha! Not everyone is familiar with "black Irish," the word used when talking about those of Irish background who have dark hair, dark skin and dark eye pupils. In between migrations of Gaelic speakers from western Europe, Normans and other Vikings from different places, and later English as well as Scottish settlers into the north of Ireland, the island's peoples have seen a lot of ethnic mixing. Irish Central: https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/who-were-the-black-irish The idea of race is hogwash, I tell you. It came about in an effort to unite various groups of people under one roof to stop them from fighting each other. Though, as your story points out, it is still prone to splintering thanks to the herd mentality. Hopefully, the reasons for incompatability were more than surface-level. Certainly, there were cultural issues. Given the blunt explanation you received though, it's doubtful you experienced a fair shake, man. In my understanding, intermingling is more common where the ratio among different peoples is around or about even-steven, 50/50. ~~/o/ It tripped me up awhile too until watching it on DVD with subtitles. "Petite." As if Lurch is small in stature or size... "You rang?" ~~/o/ No, I'm in bed, can't you tell? Ah, bah! Now ya' woke me up with your yammering. What may I do for you, find gent, as host of this quaint and humble establishment? I suggest you select one of our finest stocks of cheeses - the very best, if I do say so myself, sir. ~~/o/ Great pick, NYC. This upbeat tune can be played for all ages. And, is a quite the choice for everyone to have fun embarrassing themselves attempting to sing it on karaoke night! 😂 This is one of those songs that won't be forgotten. It's a lifesaver for "breaking the ice" at dance parties too. Oh, what warm, fuzzy feelings it brings back. ~~/o/ "They're creepy and they're cooky, mysterious and spooky. They're all together ooky, The Addams Family": https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5IWRz78DY ~~/o/ View all replies >