Every so often in the course of history something occurs which is so monumental, so unbelievably exciting and universal, that everyone can’t help but but focus on it. It happened with Hitler and it happened with the Beatles, and it happens at a rate today where it has become so common it is no longer monumental. It’s a shame that in this Charlie-Bit-My-Finger Era there is no longer room for something to break into the collective consciousness with enough gusto to inspire people to action, for action is what builds community and drives history. So maybe we’re lucky to have Donald Trump. Maybe he is what we need now, a force of disgusting evil infiltrating and abusing a flawed system not to fix the system but to abuse it for his own desire.
Written by Gary Miller
After a tragedy there is a sense that laughter cannot come back. There is a sense that laughter is dead, Mark Twain famously quipped that, “humor is tragedy plus time.” An interesting bit of cultural study on the subject of humor can be found in the German cinema as of late.
Who says Germans don’t have a sense of humor?
“Germans should be able to laugh at Hitler, rather than viewing him as a monster, because that relieves him of responsibility for his deeds and diverts attention from his guilt for the Holocaust,” director David Wnendt told The Guardian. “But it should be the type of laugh that catches in your throat and you’re almost ashamed when you realise what you’re doing.”