Thought for the day

"But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence . . . only illusion is sacred, truth has become profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness." -- Ludwig Feuerbach, (1804-1872), Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." -- Plato

Although Adolf Hitler claimed that the Germans belonged to a superior Aryan race of white, tall, blonde, blue-eyed individuals, he himself was of modest height, blue-eyed, and brown-haired.


His last secretary, Traudl Jung, often said in interviews that people were amazed about Hitler's blue eyes. Those who met Hitler after the war often refer, in their memories, to his remarkably pale, clear blue eyes, which in many states apparently had a distinctive hypnotic quality.


Hitler's eyes are historically significant because they are sometimes attributed to mystical qualities: followers often describe them as flaming, hypnotic, dominating. Objectively, they were physically prominent – ​​large and slightly protruding – and Hitler made a point of using them to dramatic effect.