Friday, November 14, 2008

What Happens When You Mix Good Deeds and Bad Religion?

When I was young, I used to ask my father about life in Germany when the Nazis came to power. My father liked to encourage independent thinking. He painted a picture I could understand of the desperation in Germany. He conveyed the deep desire of a desperate population for hope and change.

One thing he told me about was the "Eintopf", a single pot of stew that was collected weekly by the Nazis and distributed to the poor. It was required of each family in my father's neighbourhood to contribute food. It had to be cooked according to specifications.

My father presented it as a good idea of collective compassion involving individual action in troubled times. What could be wrong with passing out food to the unemployed?

I have a question that guides me in life. Who do you want to owe a favour to? Although passing out the "Eintopf" or "one pot" meals to the poor sustained them, it also indebted them. When the Nazis called in their favours, what did they ask of those to whom they extended generosity?

Click here to see the rest of my article on The American Sentinel and see an accompanying video.

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