A Conversation with Skip Conover, Part Two

“A Conversation on Archetype and Mythology with Dennis P. Slattery, Ph.D.”

Dennis Slattery

Dennis Slattery on the road.

We are living in a unique paradox: more information than anyone can digest in ten lifetimes and yet more narrow thinking, more illiteracy, more national and global sufferings. I think we are in an age of information excess or overload. A recent book by Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains shows the shadow side of the information technology we have unleashed around the globe; more information, less thoughtfulness. Not always, but far too often.
–Dennis P. Slattery

Skip Conover: I read Toland’s Hitler about the same time I read Professor Jung’s Man and His Symbols (about 2 decades ago), and from that I became convinced that Adolph Hitler read all of Jung’s and Freud’s work while he was living in a homeless shelter in the three years immediately following WWI. I surmise that one of the primary reasons he burned books in Germany was to prevent others from figuring out what he was doing to manipulate the psyches of the German people during the run-up of Nazism.

Dennis Slattery: Perhaps. Certainly he understood the power of ideas; his cohort, Heinrich Himmler showed genius in packaging the Third Reich’s designs within the Arthurian landscape, complete with the Knights of the Round Table, to give evil a popular and mythic face. Couch evil in a clean arena and it can sell to the masses with ease. Captain Ahab in Moby Dick knew this tactic intuitively. A thinking/discerning populace is not so ready to accept propaganda. Unfortunately this is not the case today. Recent assaults on the humanities in education are other symptoms of narrowing the thought processes of the culture.

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