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From Buddha To Adolf Hitler: Walther Wüst And The Aryan Tradition

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Starting with an anecdote about Hegel, Walther Wüst turned to the explanation of the word &t;Weltanschauung&t; before he elaborated on the benefits of the Aryan tradition and finally advanced to a comparison of Buddha and Adolf Hitler. Only at first glance does it seem curious that Wüst switched immediately to Buddha after his description of Adolf Hitler as another example of moral leadership. Buddha entered Wüst's tale in the conventional form of a Christian miracle: After a long period of meditation and spiritual seclusion Buddha felt the necessity to return to his people and to normal life. Since Buddha and Adolf Hitler belonged to the same hereditary community, they reacted the same way to the problems of their time. Moreover, their common genetic constitution endowed them with the capacity to guide their people from subjugation to freedom.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler; Aryan tradition; Buddha; moral leadership; Walther Wüst; Weltanschauung



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