Thanks for the insights in the Rudolf Höss PE removal post. I never knew Goring have human emotions other than sadism. Yet, i'm not 100% sure about his love toward his wife. He claims he love her. But then again, i met people who claim they love their significant other without backing it up, or not loving in the human being sense of love. Example: I have a story named "Chernobyl IL", and the main antagonist is the former Poland prime minister who turned into a rat after exploding a nuclear power plant for his twisted vision. His wife was killed in a civil war by his own making. He wanted to bring her back and claimed he loved her, but when but when he did had the ability to bring her back, he cloned her many times instead. The clones brusted out of some of his soldiers, who drank green fluid which used to float in his dead wife's tube. When the clones came to stand and function, he asked if any of them had question. His original wife had. And he shot her. "It's not cruelty. It's simple economy. Big supply, little demand. You're no longer demanded, because the supply isn't big enough for the both of us". Now, if Goring had many clones of his wife, do we know for certain he would'nt do what the rat from my story did?
I personally believe that almost everyone in the world, no matter how evil their acts are, have some good qualities. Most people in the world have family who they care about, even those who have killed family members almost always do it impulsively and regret it in retrospect. Surely there are people in the world who have the emotional capacity of a brick and use their family as a facade to look normal, but there's always a reason for being like that. Perhaps they've been traumatized by an event that caused them to lose the standards us normal people bear with us daily, the most common cases for that is military soldiers who have seen so much violence that they've normalized it or people who grew up without genuine love from their parents or peers which got them a cynical view on life. That villain you brought up seems like an asshole, but whem you think about it he's just a fictional character. And even then, it could be argued that he just did what he felt was right then.
There's an interesting interview with a nazi criminal convicted to life imprisonment for murdering two policemen during a robbery, who has changed alot since his conviction. My favorite part is when he talks about the terrorist Anders Behring Breivik and states that when it comes down to it, Breivik probably felt deep down that he doesn't have any hate against his victims, but that he probably felt that it was necessary to commit the murders to spread what he felt was an important societal problem. And that's often the case with criminals, they do what they feel they have to do in order to accomplish certain goals that they find important.
If I remember correctly, Göring was at his most cruel after his wife died, and was forced to be put in a mental hospital. Considering the thing with sparing Sweden due to his wife being Swedish, I believe he truly cared about her.
1. WW2 will always be, and should be, interesting. Many of the best stories are based on WW2 and the holocaust. "Middle Earth" universe, "Harry Potter", "Lion King" and many more. One thing i'm not sure about is the symbolism of "The Hobbit". LOTR is based on WW2, so it seems intuative that "The Hobbit" is based on WW1. Bilbo must be jewish, like the other hobbits, and Gandalf is Churchill. But what does the other characters in "The Hobbit" symbolize?
2. You're saying that pure evil can exist only in fictional settings? I want to believe you're right, but people like Ted Bundy and the idiots from Columbine contradict this statement :-(. Many people who kill their own families can regert of doing so, but does their regrets worth anything? I know some people choose to be evil due to life-long misery. Like Dane from "The Final". You have a solid point with the PTSD corrupted soldiers. Hitler is also one of the PTSD corrupted soldier type, because he went through hell before becoming pure evil.
3. Some criminals get in jail and claim they regert about their actions. It's hard to tell the truly remorseful ones from the decoy apology type. Unfortunately you're right about all of those criminals who do what they see as the right thing, despite it's clearly wrong. But, just like in this wiki, one can be pure evil even without enjoying himself/herself. When you say Breivik didnt really hated his victim, you mean he killed all those people without sadism, or that he didnt hated the people as people and just killed them because he saw their whole kind as "they should all be destroyed"?
4. Interesting to hear Goring loved his wife for real and became his worst after losing her. But how did he got to a mental hospital? As far as i know, he was sane like you and me, just lack of effective empathy. I do believe it doesnt applies for Mengele, Himler and Eichmann though.
5. One of the insperations for the rodent Mengele from my story is Chaim Mordechaj Rumkowski, AKA the worst of the Judenrat and the human rat from Lodz. From what you know about him, would you consider him as extremist, or as pure evil?
Please vote for both or one of the 2 transparent png pictures of the infobox of Kronika the Keeper of Time (including the Lady Kronika-removebg.png picture under the infobox's secondary line named "Crowned" as I personally & honestly recommend).
Nope, that's why we wait one week if a valid downvote comes along, so that a real consensus can be made. In fact, if it is a divided discussion with alot of downvotes and alot of upvotes, then I'd say we should actually extend the discussion to two weeks so that people can make up their minds a final time.