What I learnt from Hitler

By Ruth Limkin

I recently heard something that Hitler said, and I cannot escape it.

I’ve reflected on it several times even today.

It’s this…..

“What luck for rulers that men do not think.” – Adolf Hitler.

We are each given a portion of time, energy and influence with which to make a difference to those around us. We all have the opportunity to exercise authority and leadership in some areas of life.

Yet so often, we opt out. We let someone else do it. We go with the flow. We get distracted, discouraged or disturbed by the fact that taking responsibility for something places demands upon us. Ultimately though, when we opt out, we let someone else define the boundaries of our life.

Or perhaps even worse, we act without thinking.

We listen to illogical or emotive arguments, without taking the time to discover truth. We allow ourselves to be manipulated by those who are filled with emotionally charged rhetoric and compelling soundbites yet who ultimately desire to be served, rather than serve.

Leaders, and the decisions they make, are meant to promote the health of society, not harm it.

Ethical poverty will eventually lead us to social bankruptcy.

Adolf Hitler also said, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”.

Makes you think….. I hope.