I went to see âDer Untergangâ, a movie about the last days of Hitler and the Third Reich. The movie has been a bit controversial in
The generals were taking orders right till the end and to some extend even after the dictator killed himself. There were soldiers risking their lives to get gasoline to burn the remains of their FÃ¼hrer. Now I know of course it is just a movie, but there is probably something to it. Soldiers are trained to take orders no matter what and so they do. It was really the same in
Following orders only makes sense because you think the system works and the only way the system works is if all itâs part function in a predictable way. You being one of those parts, youâll have to behave predictable too. But if you see the system is falling apart to the extend that there is really no way it is all going to work out, the whole reason for following orders disappears. But still the generals followed orders.
Not winning the war was just unthinkable. The lack of alternatives makes people go on after they know there is really no future. Of course it is not so different for most people. You get stuck in a job that goes nowhere, but youâre just scared of the alternative. Of course most people are just stuck and not just heading for Der Untergang