> The Nazi?!?!? You sure you got the right Hesse there, old
> Hesse observed the rise to power of Nazism in Germany with
> concern. In 1933 Bertolt Brecht and Thomas Mann made their
> travels into exile and in both cases were aided by Hesse. In
> this way Hesse attempted to work against Hitler's suppression
> of art and literature that protested Nazi ideology.
> Hesse, who had long published pieces in German journals and
> newspapers, spoke publicly in support of Jewish artists and
> others pursued by the Nazis. However, when he
> wrote for the Frankfurter Zeitung, he was accused of supporting
> the Nazis, whom Hesse did not publicly condemn.
> From the end of the 1930s German journals stopped publishing
> Hesse's work, and it was eventually banned by the Nazis.
Whenever I'm reminded of Hermann Hesse, I sometimes mix up his name with Rudolf, for some reason... probably just a slip, but he didn't offer much real hope:
"There is, in fact, no way back either to the wolf or to the child. From the very start there is no innocence and no singleness. Every created thing, even the simplest, is already guilty, already multiple. It has been thrown into the muddy stream of being and may never more swim back again to its source. The way to innocence, to the uncreated and to God leads on, not back, not back to the wolf or to the child, but ever further into sin, ever deeper into human life." - Hermann Hesse
So how is falling deeper into sin and more sin going to lead to innocence? He didn't say how. It can only come from a forgiving redeemer. I really don't see how redemption from sin and innocence regained is going to come through man alone, unless Hesse was just being cynical about life.