Mar 14 • 10M

The Word Kupu #19 - Mein Kampf

Hitler, Putin and the psychology of war

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Nau mai haere mai everyone, welcome back to the podcast. We are going through some seriously trying times right now, times that are unprecedented for all of us - and as is usually the case during such times, uncertainty and fear creep in. Trying to rationalise global affairs is hard during such time, so I felt the need to record something that could perhaps shed at least a little light on what is happening in the world. So, here just a short podcast to try and frame what is going on, not from a geopolitical perspective, but more from a human and psychological one. In this episode I read an essay by Carlo Rovelli, one of the greatest minds of the 21st century, an essay he penned 6 years ago in response to the re-publication of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf in Italy. It is a poignant analysis of what really drives dictators and tyrants to do what they do.

This essay is one of many recorded in Rovelli’s genius book There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness. A mesmerising journey through science, philosophy and history, There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness is a luminous new collection of essays from the 'the poet of modern physics' Carlo Rovelli - I highly recommend it. Will make you feel better about the planet we currently call home.

Please enjoy and leave a comment or two below if you feel like it. Much love.

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