Most people agree, of course, that what happened in Nazi Germany was horrific, the gassing of millions of innocents as the epitome of evil. Those today who try to justify or say it didn’t happen are regarded as nutcases or worse.
That said, let’s take a look at Hitler’s early life as a soldier during World War I. The following comes from Synchronicity: Science, Myth, and the Trickster, by Allan Combs and Mark Holland.
As a courier it often was his job to carry messages along battle lines during vigorous fighting – a dangerous assignment, but one that he seemed to thrive on. Indeed, he seemed to live a charmed life. Once he walked out of his commander’s headquarters just before it was hit by an English artillery shell which killed three persons and seriously wounded the commander.
Time and time again Hitler seemed to come within a hair’s breadth of death and escaped unharmed. This ability was to stay with him throughout his life. He later wrote to a reporter about one episode from his combat experience: “Four times we advanced and had to go back; from my whole batch only one remains, beside me; finally he also falls. A shot tears off my right coat sleeve, but like a miracle I remain safe and alive.”
The authors say that Hitler (and also Churchill) “seemed to live under the aegis of fate, as if protected so that they might later play their roles in history.” Synchronicity – those meaningful coincidences – were the means that allowed Hitler – and Churchill – to aspire to their fates. Materialists, of course, would say that it was all just random events that spared Hitler and Churchill early in their lives, just as they say a random mix of particles just happened to come together to create the universe, earth, mankind, etc.
Both men felt they had a calling, that higher forces were at play in their lives. So if we consider the underlying mechanism as synchronicity and whether we relate it to God, the Universe, or the collective unconscious, the issue of evil arises. Uncanny events, outrageously unlikely, led Hitler to become the man-monster of twentieth century history, and Churchill as one of its heroes. But if we consider the Universe as good, we have to wonder why Hitler was spared an early death on the battlefield. Without such a figure, the Nazi Party might never have risen beyond its role as racist agitators and thugs, and maybe we would have been spared the horrors of World War II.
However, it’s probably simplistic to think of synchronicity as something that happens only to ‘good’ people to guide them on their paths. Maybe the big picture, the underlying reality, extends beyond our concepts of good and evil. Maybe the Hitler scenario actually took place for reasons not easily comprehended. Clearly, there’s a hidden reality, and each of us is playing a role. We are all more than the lives we are experiencing.