- Yg. 1921, No. 12 -
Spring! This is something like this: a sweet idea of delicious summers is in the air. The wide sky is eternally cheerful and carefree, and a gentle melody swings through infinite spaces. A whole assortment of wonders is thrown out with cheerful gestures. Days, dreamy in the mild smile of God, the flower is called and dew and pulling cloud and WellenspieL The whole lightly outfitted with Eichendorff-feeling as an extra bonus for us Germans.
But the "German" philistine, torn by revolution, democracy and fate, mourns the grave of a deceased militarism mourning and planting in the laughing spring with loving hands the flowers of his all-German hopes.
Frühlingswinde lispeln in German accent an ancient song. Powerful visions rise from magnificent spring parades, from the pacing of German regiments, from whiskers to the sky, half-goddled to heaven, from hands obediently to trousers, from courtly splendor and celebrations. In the distance, a delicious summer beckons: Germany freed from Jews and idealists, reflected in the shine of his helmet tips.
Oh yes! If spring falls on them now and they lie down somewhere in a spinach green corridor and the cord dangles melancholy on the loden shirt, when they lie there dreaming up to the clouds, they always only dream this; every drop of dew reflects it; every bird song knows only this way and all clouds train only goes this way.
One would like to be a psychiatrist in order to understand people who, out of a mad rush of blood and destruction, suddenly awake into reality, after a few months already curse the moment of awakening. Who have enjoyed the gruesome intuition of an eerie rampage and yet no longer understand why they once in a natural disgust have thrown the murder weapons.
One wants to know what goes on in people who, outgrown from the humus of a millennia-old Christian culture, are still frozen and disappointed, because a world war, a frenzied orgy of annihilation, hate and vulgarity only misery and distress, moral depression and moral Has brought ruin.
One would like to understand why a people at the high level of science, such as the German one, can not explain, by means of this scientific thinking, the long path of an unfortunate development to catastrophe.
As much as the Zulu Kaffirs are known, they should have the ability to learn from past evil experiences. We have the dismal example of Germany that a people can lose a world war and still carry on in the old waters, with the same vague fantasies and the same earthly dreams.
Should not anything be learned from the Zulus?
One stands shaken this spring, at the end of a short span of time, as any hopes sprang up in us. Once, in November 1918, when the people freed themselves from their shackles, shy hopeful seeds germinated. Some called it a revolution. Poor people! How many hopes and hot longings are you talking about! Today we know it. It was not a revolution. It was a regrettable mistake! It was a small derailment of the German psyche. Nothing else. The short way from then until today demonstrates this excellently. Thousands lie down with rifle butts, shot from behind "on the run", trampled to death by commissary boots. The spirit of 1914 is still alive. He has also proven himself in the Civil War. His methods have been further developed. And what has remained in some minds of "the days of disgrace", one seeks out completely with rubber truncheons, stink bombs and rupees!
Forget the madness of the World War. Forget the streams of blood. Forget the horror of the battlefield, the animal ecstasies of the giant slaughter, the grandiose work of refined destruction technique Forget the embarrassment of the Battle of the Marne, forget the nonsense of Verdun and much more. To forget! Nothing stuck in those heads of the ghastly haunting.
What's left is just a vain phrase: the stab from behind and all the cabbage too disgusting to warm it up.
That millions under the earth vegetate modern and hundreds of thousands of cripples, who speaks of it! In the meantime, we hear of tolerant, god-given princes, who in exile consume their millions. It is disgusting.
This is German spring. The sun is laughing. Unexpected wonders open up. One wants to surrender and be human. But one is put into the misery of the "Teutonic" state machine as the object of a lovely administrative bureaucracy. If you did not have people here and there for the sake of which it was worth staying, you embarked, somewhere, far away.