The German Who Didn’t Give a Fuck


Ever thought of what might happen to you if you cross by a bunch of fans of Barcelona, while wearing a Real Madrid outfit?

Our behaviour is almost constantly DEFINED by what the “others” do. This is how masses work. And if you are a clever individual who does not want to go with the current, then the BEST thing you can do is… stay low.


A lunimous example of bravery or simply “I don’t give a fuck” attitude can enlighten us in the way to social responsibility.

His name was August Landmesser.

He was a worker at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, during the “We all love the Nazis” era in Germany. At the launch of the naval training vessel Horst Wessel on 13 June 1936, a ceremony was held. A ceremony which was attended by Hitler himself.

During that ceremony everybody did their best to salute in the Nazi way, maybe out ot fear, maybe out of enthusiasm… (or maybe because they just really thought they were in the Roman arena with the gladiators) As you can see in the picture below, the crowd unanimously salutes the great Führer.

Pictures like this make it difficult for the rest of us to believe Germans did not want Hitler…



Look closer. At the man in the circle…

Yes. At a time when just looking the wrong way could result in your death, one person in this great crowd of Nazi fans is NOT saluting…

He is not only standing there not saluting. He is actually ACTIVELY saying to everyone else: I don’t give a fuck!

Hitler is here? So? (yawn)

Landmesser later on created problems to the regime by wanting to marry a Jewish woman. He did not survive the war. Nor did his wife.

It is behaviour like this which we need in society. In an era of mass culture, individual responsibility is what we lack the most. I would admit that I am indeed affected by others, although I try to limit that to the minimum.

Do you know if you would salute under the same circumstances?

One thing is for sure.

We need more Landmessers…

PS. The article was inspired by the post found here.

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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