Listen, Little Man!
By Wilhelm Reich
They call you 'Little Man', 'Common Man'; they say a new era has begun, the 'Era of the Common Man'. It isn't you who says so, Little Man. It is they, the Vice Presidents of great nations, promoted labor leaders, repentant sons of bourgeois families, statesmen and philosophers. They give you your future but don't ask about your past.
You are heir to a dreadful past. Your heritage is a burning diamond in your hand. That's what I tell you. Every physician, shoemaker, mechanic or educator must know his shortcomings if he is to do his work and make his living. For some decades, you have begun to play a governing role on this earth. It is on your thinking and your actions that the future of humanity depends. But your teachers and masters do not tell you how you ready think end are; nobody damn to voice the one criticism of you which could make you capable of governing your own fate. You are 'free' only in one sense free from education in governing your life yourself, free from selfcriticism.
I have never heard you complain: 'You promote me to be the future master of myself and my world, but you don't tell how one is to be the master over oneself, and you don't tell me the mistakes in my thinking and my actions.'
You let men in power assume power 'for the Little Man'. But you yourself remain silent. You give men in power or impotent people with evil intentions the power to represent you. Only too late do you realize that again and again you are being defrauded.
I understand you. For, many thousands of times, I have seen you naked, physically and psychically, without a mask, without a party card without your 'popularity'. Naked like a newborn, naked like a Field Marshal in his underpants. You have complained and cried before me, have talked about your longings, and have disclosed your love and your grief. I know you and I understand you. I am going to tell you how you are, Little Man, for I honestly believe in your great future. There is no doubt, it belongs to you. So, first of all, have a look at yourself see yourself as you really are. Listen to what none of your Fuhrers and representatives dares tell you:
You are a 'little Common Man'. Understand the double meaning of these words: 'little: and 'common'.
Don't run. Have the courage to look at yourself!
'What right do you have to tell me things?' I can see question in your apprehensive look. I hear this question from your impertinent mouth, Little Man. You are afraid to look at yourself, you are afraid of criticism, Little Man, just as you are afraid of the power they promise you. You would know how to use this power. You dare not think that you ever might experience your self differently: free instead; open instead of tactical; loving openly instead of like a thief in the night.
You despise yourself, Little Man. You toy: 'Who am I to have an opinion of my own to determine my own life and to declare the world to be mine?' You are right: Who are you to make a claim to your life? I shall tell you who you are:
You are different from the really great man in only one thing: The great man, at one time, also was a very little man but he developed one important ability: he learned to see where he was small in his thinking and actions. Under the pressure of some task, which was dear to him, he learned better and better to sense the threat that came from his smallness nod pettiness. The great man, then, knows when and in what he is a little man. The Little Man does not know that he is little, and he is afraid of knowing it. He covers up his smallness and narrowness with illusions of strength and greatness, of other's strength and greatness. He is proud of his great generals but not proud of himself. He admires the thought which he did nor have and not the thought he did have. He believes in things all the more thoroughly the less he comprehends them, and does nor believe in the correctness of those ideas, which he comprehends most easily.
I shall begin with the Little Man in myself:
For twentyfive years, in the written and spoken word, I have advocated your right to happiness in the world; have accused you of your inability to take what belongs to you, to secure what you had gained in the bloody battles of the Pads and Vienna barricades, in the American emancipation or in the Russian revolution. Your Paris ended in Petain and Laval your Vienna in Hitler; your Russia in Stalin, and your America could end in the regime of a KKK. You knew better how to win your freedom than how to safeguard it for yourself and others. I have known this for a long time. What I could understand was why, every time you had fought your way laboriously out of one morass, you got into a worse one. Then, slowly and gropingly, I found what makes you a slave: YOU ARE YOUR OWN SLAVEDRIVER. Nobody else nobody except you yourself carries the responsibility you're your slavery. Nobody else.
That is not new, isn't it? Your liberators tell you that your suppressors are Wilhelms, Nikolaus, Pope Gregory the Twentyeight, Morgan, Krupp or Ford. And your 'liberators' are called Mussolini, Napoleon, Hitler, and Stalin.
I tell you: Only you yourself can be your liberator!
This sentence makes me hesitate. I contend to he a fighter for pureness and truth. And now when it is a matter of telling you the truth about yourself, I hesitate, because I am afraid of you and your attitude towards the truth. To say the truth about you is dangerous to life. The truth also is life saving, but it becomes the loot of every gang. If that were not so would not be what you are and where you are.
My intellect tells me: 'Tell the truth at any cost.' The Little Man in me says' It is stupid to expose oneself to the Little Man, to put oneself at his mercy. The Little Man does not want to hear the truth about himself He does not want the great responsibility which is his. He wants to remain a Little Man, or wants to become a little great man. He wants to become rich, or a party leader, or commander of the legion, or secretary of the society for the abolition of vice. But he does not want to assume the responsibility for his work, for; food provision housing, traffic, education, research, administration, or whatever it may be.'
The Little Man in me says: 'You have become a great man known in Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, England, America, Palestine, etc. The Communists fight you. The " saviors of cultural values" hate you. Your students love you. Your former patients admire you. Those afflicted with the emotional plague are after you. You have written twelve books and 150 articles about the misery of life, the misery of the Little Man. Your findings and theories are being taught at universities; other great and lonely men say that you are a very great man. You are likened to the intellectual giants in the history of science. You have made the greatest discovery in centuries, for you have discovered the cosmic life energy and the laws of living functioning. You have made cancer comprehensible. You went from country to country, because you told the truth. Now, take it easy. Enjoy the fruits of your efforts; enjoy your fame. In a few years, your name will be heard everywhere. You have done enough. Now quit, and withdraw to your study to work on the functional law of nature!'
Thus speaks the Little Man in me who is afraid of you, the Little Man.
For a long time, I was in close contact with you because I knew your life from my own experience and because I wanted to help you. I kept up the contact because I saw that I really helped you and that you wanted my help, often enough with tears in your eyes. Very gradually, I began to see that you were willing to take my help but incapable of defending it. I did defend it and fought hard for you in your stead. Then came your Fuhrers and smashed my work. You remained silent and followed them. Now I kept up the contact in order to learn how one could help you without perishing, either as your Fuhrer or your victim. The Little Man in me wanted to win you, to 'save you', he wanted to be regarded by you with the same reverence, which you have for 'higher mathematics' because you have not the faintest idea what it is all about. The less you understand, the more ready you are to give reverence. You know Hitler better than Nietzsche, Napoleon better than Pestalozzi. A king means more to you than a Sigmund Freud. The Little Man in me would like to win you as it is commonly done, with the means of the Fuhrer. I become afraid of you when it is the Little Man in me who would 'lead you to freedom'. You might discover yourself in me and me in you might get scared and kill you in me. For this reason I have ceased to be willing to die for your freedom to be anybody's slave.
I know you cannot understand what I just said: to be anybody's slave' is not a simple matter.
In order no longer to be the slave of one individual master, order to become anybody's slave, one first has to eliminate this one individual oppressor, say, the Tsar. This political murder one cannot commit without having high ideals of freedom and revolutionary motives. One then founds a revolutionary freedom party under the leadership of a truly great man; say Jesus, Marx, Lincoln or Lenin. The truly great man takes freedom deadly seriously. In order to establish it in a practical way, he has to surround himself with many little men, helpers and errand boys, because he cannot do the gigantic job himself. Furthermore, you would not understand him; let him fall by the wayside, if he had nor surrounded himself with little great persons. Surrounded by many little great persons, he conquers power for you, or a piece of truth, or a new, better belief. He writes gospels, freedom laws, etc., and counts on your help and seriousness. He pulls you out of your social morass. In order to keep together the many little great persons, in order not to loose your confidence the, the truly great man has m sacrifice piece after niece of his greatness which he was able to attain only in the deepest intellectual loneliness, far from you and your everyday noise and yet in close contact with your life. In order to be able to lead you he has to tolerate your transforming him into an inaccessible God. You would have no confidence in him if he had remained the simple man that he was, a man who, say, can love woman even though he has no marriage certificate. In this way, you yourself produce your new master. Promoted to the role of new master, the great man loses his greatness because this greatness consisted in his straightforwardness, simplicity, courage and real contact with life. The little gnat persons, who derived their greatness from the gnat man, assume the high posts of finance, diplomacy, government, sciences and arts and you remain where you were: in the morass. You continue to go in rags for the sake of a 'Socialist future' or a 'Third Reich'. You continue to live in dirt houses with straw roofs, the walls of which are covered with manure. But you are proud of your palace of culture. You are satisfied with the illusion that you govern until the next war and the downfall of the new masters.
In distant nations, little men have industriously studied your craving for being anybody's slave and have thus learned how, with little intellectual effort, one can become a little great man. These little great men come from your ranks, not from palaces and mansions. They have hungered and suffered like you. They shorten the process of changing masters. They have learned that a hundred years of hard intellectual work on your freedom, of personal sacrifice for your happiness, even of; sacrificing life for your freedom, was much ma high a price for your enslavement. What really great thinkers for freedom had elaborated and had suffered in 100 years could be destroyed in less than five years. The little men from your ranks then shorten the process: they do it more openly and more brutally. More than that, they tell you in so many words that you and your life, your family and your children, amount to nothing, that you are stupid and subservient, that one can do with you what one pleases. They do not promise you personal freedom, but national freedom. They do not promise you selfconfidence but respect for the state not personal greatness, but national greatness. Since 'personal freedom' and 'personal greatness' are nothing to you but vague concepts, while 'national freedom' and 'the interests of the state' make your mouth water like a bone that of a dog, you loudly acclaim them. None of these little men pays the price for genuine freedom, as did Jesus, Karl Marx or Lincoln. They do not love you; they despise you, since you despise yourself, Little Man. They know you well; far better than a Rockefeller or the Tories know you. They know your worst weaknesses m a way in which only you should know them. They have sacrificed you to a symbol, and you carry them to power over yourself. Your masters have been elevated by you, yourself, and are nurtured by you, in spite of the fact or, rather, because of the fact that they dropped all masks. Indeed, they told you in so many words: 'You are an inferior being without any responsibility, and you are going to remain so.' And you call them 'Saviors', 'New Liberators' and yell: 'Heil, Heil!', and 'Viva, Viva!'
This is why I am afraid of you Little Man, deadly afraid. For on you depends the fate of humanity I am afraid of you because there is nothing you flee as much from as yourself. You are sick, very sick, Little Man. It is not your fault. But it is your responsibility to rid yourself of this sickness. You would have long since shaken off your oppressors had you not tolerated oppression and often actively supported it. No police force in the world would be powerful enough to suppress you if you had only a mite of selfrespect in practical everyday living, if you knew, deep down, that without you life would not go on for even an hour. Did your liberator tell you that? No. He called you the 'Proletarian of the World', but he did not tell you that you, and only you, are responsible for your life (instead of being responsible for the 'honor of the fatherland')
You must come to realize that you made your little men your own oppressors, and that you made martyrs out of your truly great men; that you crucified and murdered them and let them starve; that you did not give a thought to them and their labors for you; that you have no idea to whom you owe whatever fulfillments there are in your life.
You say, 'Before I trust you, I want to know your philosophy of life.' When you hear my philosophy of life, you will run to your District Attorney, or to the 'Committee against UnAmerican Activities', or to the FBI, the GPU or the 'Yellow Press', or the KuKluxKlan or the 'Leaders of the Proletarians of the World', or, finally, you will simply run:
I am not a Red or a Black or a White or a Yellow.
I am not a Christian or a Jew or a Mohammedan, a Mormon, Polygamist, Homosexual, Anarchist or Boxer.
I embrace my wife because I love her and desire her and not because I happen to have a marriage certificate or because I am sexually starved.
I do not beat children; I do not fish and do not shoot deer or rabbits. But I am a good shot and like to hit the bull'seye.
I do not play bridge and do nor give parties in order to spread my theories. If my teachings are correct they will spread by themselves.
I do not submit my work to any health official unless he has mastered it better than I have. And I determine who has mastered the knowledge and the intricacies of my discovery.
I strictly observe every law when it makes sense, but I fight it when it is obsolete or senseless. (Don't run to the District Attorney, Little Man, for he does the same if he is a decent individual.)
I want children and adolescents to experience their bodily happiness in love and to enjoy it without danger.
I do not believe that, in order to be religious in the good and genuine sense of the word, one has to ruin one's love life and has to become rigid and shrunken in body and soul.
I know that what you call 'God' actually exists, but in a different way from what you think: as the primal cosmic energy in the universe, as your love in your body, as your honesty and your feeling of nature in you and around you.
I would show the door to anybody who, under whatever flimsy pretext, were to try to interfere with my medical and educational work with patient or child. In any open court, I would ask him some very simple and clear questions, which he could not answer without being ashamed ever after. For I am a working man who knows what a man really is inside, who knows that he amounts to something, and who wants work to govern the world, and not opinions about work. I have my own opinion, and I can distinguish a lie from the truth, which, every hour of the day, I use like a tool and which after use, I keep clean.
I am very deeply afraid of you, Little Man. That has not always been so. I myself was a Little Man, among millions of Little Men. Then I become a natural scientist and a psychiatrist, and I learned to see how very sick you are and how dangerous you are in your sickness. I learned to see the fact that it is your own emotional sickness, and not an external power, which every hour and every minute, suppresses you, even though there may be no external pressure. You would have overcome the tyrants long ago had you been alive inside and healthy. Your oppressors come from your own ranks as in the past they came from the upper strata of society. They are even littler than you are, Little Man. For it takes a good dose of littleness to know your misery from experience and then to use this knowledge to suppress you still better, still harder.
You have no sense organ for the truly great man. His way of being his suffering, his longing, his raging, his fight for you are alien to you. You cannot understand that there are men and women who are incapable of suppressing or exploiting you, and who really want you to be free, real and honest. You do not like these men and women for they are alien to your being. They are simple and straight; to them, truth is what tactics is to you. They look through you, not with derision, but pained at the fate of humans; but you feel looked through and sense danger. You acclaim them only, Man, when many other Little Men tell you that that these men are great. You are afraid of the great man, of his closeness to life and his love for life. The great man loves you simply as a living animal, as a living being. He does not want to see you, suffer as you have suffered for thousands of years. He does not want to hear you babble as you have babbled for thousands of years. He does not want to see you as a beast of burden because he loves life and would like to see it free from suffering and ignominy.
You drive really great men to the point where they despise you, where, pained by you and your pettinesses, they withdraw, where they avoid you and, worst of all, begin to pity you. If you, Little Man, happen to be a psychiatrist, say, a Lombroso, you stamp the great man as a kind of criminal, or a criminal who has failed to make good, or a psychotic. For the great man, unlike you, does not see the goal of life in amassing money, or in the socially proper marriage of his daughters, or in a political career, or in academic titles or the Nobel Prize. For this reasons because he is not like you, you call him 'genius' or 'queer'. He, on the other hand, is willing to state that he is no genius, but simply a living being. You call him 'asocial' because he prefers the study, with his thoughts, or the laboratory, with his work, to your empty, babbling social 'parties'. You call him crazy because he spends his money for scientific research instead of buying bonds and stocks, as you do. You presume, Little Man, in your bottomless degeneration, to call the simple, straightforward man 'abnormal: as compared with you, the prototype of 'normality', the 'homo normalis'. You measure him with your petty yardsticks and find that he does not meet the demands of your normality, You cannot see, Little Man, that it is you who drive him, who is full of love for you and readiness to help you, from social life because you have made it insufferable, be it in tavern or in the palace. Who had made him into what he seems to be after many decades of heartbreaking suffering? It is you, with your irresponsibility, your narrowness; your false thinking your 'unshakeable axioms' that cannot survive ten years of social development. Just think of all the things, which you swore to be correct in as few years as have elapsed between the First and the Second World War. How much of that have you honestly recognized to be erroneous, how much of it have you retracted? Absolutely nothing, Little Man. The truly great man thinks cautiously, but once he has gotten hold of an important idea, he thinks in long range terms. It is you, Little Man, who maker a pariah out of the great man when his thought is correct and lasting and your thought is petty and ephemeral. In making him a pariah, you plant the dreadful seed of loneliness in him. Not the seed of loneliness, which produces great deeds, but the seed of the fear of being misunderstood and maltreated by you. For you are 'the people', 'public opinion' and 'social conscience'. Have you, Little Man, ever honestly thought about the gigantic responsibility involved in this? Have you ever honestly asked yourself whether you think correctly or not, from the standpoint of longterm social happenings, or of nature, or of great human deeds, say, of a Jesus? No, you did not ask yourself whether your thinking was erroneous. Instead, you asked yourself what your neighbor was going to say about it, or whether your honesty might cost you money. This, Little Man, and nothing else, is what you asked yourself.
After thus having driven the great man into loneliness, you forgot what you did to him. All you did was to utter other nonsense, to commit another little meanness, to administer another deep hurt. You forget. But it is of the nature of the great men not to forget, but also not to take revenge, but, instead, to try to UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ACT SO SHABBILY. I know that this also is alien to your thinking and feeling. But believe me: if you indict pain a hundred, a thousand, a million times, if you inflict wounds that cannot heal even though the next moment you no longer know what you did the great man suffers for your misdeeds in your place, not because these misdeeds are great, but because they are petty. He would like to know what moves you to do things like these to smear your marital partner because he or she has disappointed you: to torture your child because he does not please a vicious neighbor; to look with scorn on a kind person and to exploit him; to take where you are given and to give where it is demanded of you, but never to give where you are given with love; to give another kick to a fellow who is down or about to go down; to lie where truth is required, and always to persecute truth instead of the lie. You are always on the side of the prosecutors, Little Man.
In order to gain your favor, Little Man, in order to gain your useless friendship, the great man would have to adjust himself to you, would have to talk the way you do, would have to adorn himself with your virtues. But if he had your virtues, your language and your friendship, he would no longer be great and true and simple. The proof: your friends who talked the way you wanted them to talk have never been great men.
You do not believe that your friend could do something great. Secretly, you despise yourself, even when – or particularly when you make the greatest display of your dignity; and since you despise yourself you cannot respect him who is your friend. You cannot believe that somebody who sat at the table with you or lived in the same house with you could achieve anything great. In your proximity, Little Man it is difficult to think. One can only think about you, not with you. For you choke any great sweeping thought. As a mother you say to your child, which explores its world: 'That's not a thing for children.' As a professor of biology you say: 'That's nothing for decent students. What, doubt the theory of the air germs?' As a teacher you say: 'Children are to be seen and not to be heard.' As a wife you say: 'Ha! Discovery! You with your discovery! Why don't you go to the office like everybody else and make a decent living?' But what is said in the newspaper you believe, whether you understand it or not.
I tell you, Little Man: You have lost the feeling for the best that is in you. You have strangled it, and you murder it wherever you detect it in others, in your children, your wife, your husband, your father and your mother. You are little and you want to remain little.
You ask how I know all this? I'll tell you:
I have experienced you, I have experienced myself in you, I have, as a therapist freed you from your pettinesses, I have, as an educator, often led you to straightforwardness and openness. I know how you defend yourself against straightforwardness; I know the terror that strikes you when you are asked to follow your true, genuine being.
You are not only little, Little Man. I know you have your 'big moments' in life, moments of 'rapture' and 'elation', of 'soaring up'. But you don't have the stamina to soar higher and higher, to let your elation carry you up and up. You are afraid of soaring, afraid of height and depth. Nietzsche has told you this much better, long ago. But he did not tell you why you are that way. He tried to make you into a superman, an 'Ubermench'; in order to overcome the human in you. His 'Ubermench' became your 'Fuhrer Hitler'. And you remained the 'Ubermench'.
I want you to stop being an 'Ubermench' and want you to become yourself. Yourself, instead of the newspaper you read or the poor opinion that you hear from your vicious neighbor. I know that you do not know what and hear you really pre deep down. In the depth, you are what a deer is, or your God, your poet or your wise man. But you believe that you are a member of the Legion, the bowling club or the KuKluxKlan. And since you believe this, you act as you do. This, too, you have been told by others: by Heinrich Mann in Germany as long as twentyfive years ago, and in America by Upton Sinclair, Dos Passes and others. But you didn't know of Mann or Sinclair. You know only the champion Al Capone. Faced with the choice between a library and a brawl, you will unquestionably choose the brawl.
You beg for happiness in life, but security is more important to you, even if it costs you your spine or your life. Since you have never learned to create happiness, or enjoy and protect it, you do not know the courage of the upright individual. You want to know Little Man, how you are? You listen on the radio to the announcements of laxatives, dental creams and deodorants. But you fail to hear the music of propaganda. You fail to perceive the bottomless stupidity and the disgustingly bad taste of these things, which are designed to catch your ear. Have you ever paid close attention to the jokes, which a master of ceremonies makes about you in the nightclub? Jokes about you, about himself, about your whole small miserable world. Listen to your laxatives propaganda and you learn who and how you are.
Listen, Little Man: The misery of human existence becomes spotlighted by every one of these petty misdeeds. Every one of your pettinesses makes the hope for an improvement of your lot recede farther. This is cause for grieving, Little Man, deep, heartbreaking grieving. In order not to feel this grief, you make bad little jokes, and call it 'folk humor'. You hear the joke about yourself, and you laugh heartily with the others.
You do not laugh because you make fun of yourself. You laugh at the Little Man, but you don't know that you laugh at yourself, that one laugh at you. Millions of Little Men do not know that one laughs at them. Why does one laugh at you, Little Man, so openly, so heartily, with such malicious joy, all through the centuries! Has it ever struck you as hear ridiculous 'the people' are presented in the movies? I will tell you why one laughs at you, because I take you very, very seriously.
With the greatest consistency, your thinking always misses the truth, just as a playful sharpshooter is able consistently a, hit right besides the bull's eye. You don't think so? I'll show you. You could have long since become the master of your existence, if only your thinking were in the direction of the truth. But you think like this:
'It's all the fault of the Jews.' — What's a Jew?' I ask. 'People with Jewish blood,' is your answer. 'What's the difference between Jewish blood and other blood?' This question stumps you; you hesitate, become confused, and answer: 'I mean the Jewish race.' 'What is race?' I ask. 'Race? Why, that's simple; just as there is a German race, so there is a Jewish race. 'What characterizes the Jewish race?' 'Well, a Jew is darkhaired, has a long hooknose and sharp eyes. The Jews are avaricious and capitalistic. ''Have you ever seen a Mediterranean Frenchman or Italian together with a Jew? Can you distinguish them?' 'Well, not really.' 'What, then, is a Jew? The blood picture shows no difference; he does not look different from a Frenchman or Italian. And have you ever seen German Jews?' 'Sure, they look like Germans.' 'And what is a German?' 'A German belongs to the Nordic Aryan race.' 'Are the Indians Aryans?' 'Sure.' 'Are they Nordic?' 'No.' 'Are they blond?' 'No.' 'So you see, you don't know what is a German and what is a Jew.' 'But there are Jews.' 'Certainly there are Jews, just as there are Christians and Mohammedans.' I mean the Jewish religion.' 'Was Roosevelt a Dutchman?' 'No.' 'Why do you call a descendant of David a Jew if you don't call Roosevelt a Dutchman?' 'With the Jews it's different.' 'What's different?' 'I don't know.'
That's the way you drive, Little Man. From your drivel you create armed formations and these slay ten million people as 'Jews' though you cannot even tell what a Jew is. That's why one laughs at you, why one avoids you when one has serious work to do, that's why you stick in the morass. When you say 'Jew' you make yourself feel superior. You have to do that because you really feel miserable. And you feel miserable because you are precisely that which you murder in the alleged Jew. This is only a tiny bit of the truth about you, Little Man.
You feel your pettiness less when you say 'Jew', arrogantly or contemptuously. It is only recently that I have found that out. You call somebody a 'Jew' if he arouses too little or too much respect in you. You set out arbitrarily to determine who is a 'Jew'. But I do not concede this right to you, be you a little Aryan or a little Jew. Only I and nobody else in this world has the right to determine who I am. I am, biologically and culturally, a mongrel, and I am proud of being the intellectual and physical result of all classes and races and nations, proud of not being of a 'pure race' or belonging to a 'pure class' like you, of not being chauvinistic like you, the little Fascist of all nations, races and classes. I hear that in Palestine you did not want a Jewish technician because he is not circumcised. I have nothing more in common with Jewish Fascists than with any others. Why, Little Jew, do you go back only to Sem, and not to the protoplasm? To me, the living begins in the plasmatic contraction, and not in a rabbi's office.
It took many million years to develop you from a jellyfish to a terrestrial biped. Your biological aberration, in the form of rigidity, has lasted only six thousand years. It will take a hundred or five hundred or maybe five thousand years before you rediscover nature in you, before you find the jellyfish in yourself again. I discovered the jellyfish in you and described it to you in dear language. When you heard about it the first time, you called me a new genius. You will remember, it was in Scandinavia; at a time you were looking for a new Lenin. But I had more important things to do and declined this role. You have also proclaimed me to be a new Darwin, or Mary or Pasteur, or Freud. I told you long ago that you too would be able to talk and write like me, if you only would not always yell, Hail, Hail, Messiah! For this victorious yelling deadens your mind and paralyses your creative nature.
Do you not persecute the 'illegitimate mother' as an immoral being, Little Man? Don't you make a strict distinction between children 'born in wedlock' who are 'legitimate' and children 'born out of wedlock' who are 'illegitimate'? Oh you poor creature, you don't understand your own words: You venerate the child Christ. The child Christ was born by a mother who had no marriage certificate. Thus, without having any idea of it, you venerate in the child Christ your longing for sexual freedom, you Little Henpecked Man. You made the 'illegitimately' born child Christ the Son of God, who did not know illegitimate children. But then, as the Apostle Paul, you began to persecute the children of true love and to give the children of true hatred the protection of your religious laws. You are a miserable Little Man!
You run your automobiles and trains over the bridges, which the great Galileo invented. Do you know, Little Man, that the great Galileo had three children, without a marriage license? That you don't tell your school children. And did you not torture Galileo for this reason also?
And you know, Little Man in the 'fatherland of Slavic Peoples', that your great Lenin, the greatest father of all proletarians of the world, abolished your compulsive marriage when he came to power? And do you know that he himself had lived with his wife without a marriage license? And did you not have, through your Fuhrer of all Slavs, the old laws of compulsive marriage reestablished, because you did not know that you should let Lenin's big deed live?
Of all this you know nothing at all, for what is truth to you or history, or the fight for your freedom, and who are you, anyhow, to have an opinion of your own?
You have no inkling of the fact that it is your pornographic mind and your sexual irresponsibility, which put you in the shackles of your marriage laws.
You feel yourself miserable and small, stinking, impotent, rigid, lifeless and empty. You have no woman, or if you have one, you only want to 'lay' her in order a, prove the 'man' in you. You don't know what love is. You are constipated and take laxatives. You smell bad, your skin is clammy; you don't feel your child in your arm and so you treat it as a puppy that can be beaten up.
All your life you were bothered by your impotence. It invaded every thought of yours. It interfered with your work. Your wife left you because you were unable to give her love. You suffer from phobias, nervousness and palpitations. Your thoughts revolve around sexuality. Somebody tells you of sexeconomy, which understands you and would like to help you. It would like to make you live your sexuality at night so that during the day you would be free of sexual thoughts and capable of doing your work. It would like to see your wife happy in your arms instead of desperate. It would like to see your children rosy instead of pale, loving instead of cruel. But you, hearing of sexeconomy, say: 'Sex isn't everything. There are other important things in life.' That's the way you are, Little Man.
Or you are a 'Marxist: a 'professional revolutionary', a wouldbe 'Fuhrer of the proletarians of the world'. You want to free the world from its sufferings. The deceived masses run away from you, and you run after them, yelling: 'Stop, stop, you proletarian masses! You just can't see yet that I am your liberator! Down with capitalism!' I talk to your masses, Little Revolutionary; I show them the misery of their small lives. They listen, full of enthusiasm and hope. They crowd into your organizations because they expect to find me there. But what do you do? You say: 'Sexuality is a petitbourgeois invention. It is the economic factors that count.' And you read Van de Velde's book on love techniques.
When a great man set out to give your economic emancipation a scientific basis you let him starve. You killed the first inroad of truth against your deviation from the laws of life. When this first attempt of his was successful, you took over its administration and thus killed it a second time. The first time the great man dissolved your organization. The second time, he had died in the meantime and could no longer do anything against you. You did not understand that he found, in your work, the living power, which creates values. You did not understand that his sociology wanted to protect your society against your state. You don't understand anything at all.
And even with your 'economic factors' you don't get anywhere. A great, wise man worked himself to death to show you that you have to improve economic conditions if you want to enjoy your life; that hungry individuals are unable to further culture; that all conditions of life, without exception, belong here; that you have to emancipate yourself and your society from all tyranny. This true, great man made only one mistake when he tried to enlighten you: he believed in your capacity for emancipation. He believed you were capable of securing your freedom once you had conquered it. And made another mistake: that of letting you, the proletarian, be a 'dictator'.
And what did you, Little Man, do with the wealth of knowledge and ideas coming from this great man? Of all of it, only one word kept ringing in your ears: dictatorship! Of all that a great mind and a big warm heart had poured out, a word remained: dictatorship. Everything else you threw over board, freedom, clarity and truth, the solution of the problems of economic slavery, the method of thinking ahead; everything, but everything, went overboard. Only one word, which had been unhappily chosen though well meant, stuck you: dictatorship!
From this small negligence of a great man you have built a giant system of lies, persecution, torture, goalers, hangmen, secret police, espionage and denunciation, uniforms, Marshals and medals but everything else you have thrown overboard. Do you begin to understand a little better how you are, Little Man? Not yet? Well, let's try again: 'economic conditions' of your happiness in life and love you confused with 'machinery'; the emancipation of human beings with the 'greatness of the state'; the rising of millions with the parade of cannons; the liberation of love with the rape of every woman you could lay your hands on when you came to Germany; the elimination of poverty with the eradication of the poor, weak and helpless; infant care with the 'breeding of patriots'; birth control with medals for 'mothers with ten children'. Have you not suffered it yourself, this idea of yours of the mother with ten children?
In other countries, too, the unfortunate little word, 'dictatorship', rang in your ears. There, you put it into resplendent uniforms and you created from your midst the little, impotent, mystical and sadistic official who led you into the Third Reich and led sixty million of your kind to the grave. And you keep yelling, Hail, Hail Hail!
That's the way you are, Little Man. But nobody dares tell you what you are like. For one is afraid of you and wants you to be small, Little Man.
You devour your happiness. Never have you enjoyed happiness in full freedom. That's why you greedily devour happiness, without taking responsibility for securing happiness. You were kept from learning to take care of your happiness, to nurture it as a gardener nurtures his flowers and the farms his crops. The great searchers and poets and sages fled from you because they wanted to take care of their happiness. In your proximity, Little Man, it is easy to devour happiness but difficult to protect it.
You don't know what I am talking about, Little Man? I'll tell you: The discoverer works hard, for ten, twenty or thirty years, without letup, on his science, or machine, or social idea. He has to carry the heavy burden of what is new all by himself. He has to suffer your stupidities, your erroneous little ideas and ideals, he has to comprehend and analyze them, and, finally, has to replace them by his deeds. In all this, you do not help him, Little Man. Not in the least. On the contrary, You don't come and say: 'Listen, fellow, I see how hard you work I also realize that you work on my machine, my child, my wife, my friend, my house, my fields, in order to improve things. For a long time I have suffered from this and that, but I could not help myself. Now, can I help you to help me?' No, Little Man, you never come to your helper to help. You play cards, or you yell yourself hoarse at a prizefight, or you slave away dully in an office or a mine. But never do you come to help your helper. You know why? Because the discoverer, to begin with has nothing to offer but thoughts. No profit, no higher wages, no union contract, no Christmas bonus and no easy way of living. All he has to give out are cares, and you don't want any cares, you have more than enough already.
But if you just stayed away, not offering or giving help, the discoverer would not feel unhappy about you. After all, he does not think and worry and discover 'for' you. He does all this because his living functioning drives him to do it. The taking care of you and the pitying you he leaves to the party leaders and the churchmen. What he would like to see is that you finally become capable of taking care of yourself.
But you are not content with not helping; you disrupt and spit. When the discoverer finally, after long and hard work has come to understand why you are incapable of giving your wife happiness in love, you come and say that he is a sexual swine. You have no inkling of the fact that you say this because you have to keep down the sexual swine in yourself and that is why you are incapable of love. Or, when the discoverer has just found out why people die of cancer, en masse, and if you, Little Man, happen to be a Professor of Cancer pathology, with a steady salary, you say that the discoverer is a faker; or that he does not understand anything about the air germs; or that he spends or gets too much money for his research; or you ask whether he is a Jew or a foreigner; or you insist that you have a right to examine him, in order to find out whether he is qualified to work on 'your' cancer problem, the problem you cannot solve; or you prefer to see many, many cancer patients die rather than to admit that he has found what you so badly need if you are to save your patients. To you, your professoria1 dignity, or your bank account or your connection with the radium industry means more than truth and learning. And that's why you are small and miserable, Little Man.
That is, not only do you not help, but you disturb maliciously work that is done for you or in your stead. Do you understand now why happiness escapes you? It wants to be worked for and wants to be earned. But you only want to devour happiness, that's why it escapes you; it does not want to be devoured by you.
In the course of time, the discoverer succeeds in convincing many people that his discovery has practical value, that, it makes it possible to treat certain diseases, or to lift a weight, or to blast rocks, or to penetrate matter with rays so that the inside becomes visible. You do not believe it until you read it in the newspapers, for you don't trust your own senses. You respect the one, who despises you, and you despise yourself; that is why you cannot trust your own senses. But when the discovery is written up in the newspapers, then you come, not walking, but running. You declare the discoverer to be a 'genius' the same man whom yesterday you called faker, a sexual swine, a charlatan or a dangerous man who undermined public morals. Now you call him a 'genius'. You don't know what a genius is, as you don't know what 'Jew' is, or 'truth' or 'happiness'? I'll tell you, Little Man, Jack London has told you in his MARTIN EDEN. I know you have read it thousands of times, but you have not grasped it: 'Genius' is the trademark you put on your products when you put them on sale. If the discoverer (who only yesterday was a sex 'swine' or 'crazy') is a 'genius', then it is easier for you to devour the happiness, which he has put in the world. For now there come very many little men and cry, in unison with 'Genius, genius.' And people come in droves and eat products from your hand. If you are a physician, you will many more patients; you can help them much better than previously and can make much more money. 'Well,' you say Little Man, 'nothing bad about that.' No, there is certainly nothing bad about earning money with honest and good work. But it is bad not to give back anything to the discovery, not to take care of it, but only to exploit it. And that is precisely what you are doing. You do nothing to further the development of the discovery. You take it over mechanically, greedily, stupidly. You do not see its possibilities or its limitations. As to the possibilities, you don't have the vision and as to the limitations, you don't recognize them and go beyond them. If, as a physician or bacteriologist you know typhoid a cholera to be infectious diseases, you look for a microorganism in the cancer disease and. thus stultify decades of research. Once a great man showed you that machines follow certain laws; then you build machines for killing, and you take the living to be a machine also. In this, you made a mistake not for three decades, but for three centuries; erroneous concepts became inextricably anchored in hundreds of thousands of scientific workers; more, life itself was severely damaged; for from this point on because of your dignity, or your professorship, your religion, your bank account or your character amour you persecuted, slandered and otherwise damaged anyone who really was on the track of the living function.
True enough, you want to have 'geniuses' and you are willing to pay them homage. But you want a good genius, one with moderation and decorum, one without folly, in brief, a seemly, measured and adjusted genius, not an unruly, untamed genius which breaks down all your barriers and limitations You want a limited, wingclipped and dressedup genius whom without blushing, you can triumphantly parade through the streets of your towns.
That's the way you are, Little Man. You are good at scooping up and ladling in, but you cannot create. And that's why you are what you are, all your life in a boring office or at the designing board or in the marital straitjacket or a teacher who hates children. You have no development and no chance for a new thought, because you have always only taken, only ladled in what somebody else has presented to you on a silver platter. You don't see why this is so, why it cannot be otherwise? I'll tell you, Little Man, for I have come to know you as an animal become rigid when you came to me with your inner emptiness or your impotence or your mental disorder. You can only ladle in and only take, and cannot create and cannot give, because your basic bodily attitude is that of holding back and of spite; because panic strikes you when the primordial movement of LOVE and of GIVING stirs in you. This is why you are afraid of giving. Your taking, basically, has only one meaning: You are forced continuously to gorge yourself with money, with happiness, with knowledge, because you feel yourself to be empty, starved, unhappy, not genuinely knowing nor desirous of knowledge. For the same reason you keep running away from the truth, Little Man: it might release the love reflex in you. It would inevitably show you what I, inadequately, am trying to show you here. And that you do not want, Little Man. You only want to be a consumer and a patriot. 'Listen to that! He denies patriotism, the bulwark of the state and of its germ, the family! Something has to be done about it!' That's the way you yell, Little Man, when one reminds you of your psychic constipation. You don't want to listen to it or know it. You want to yell, Hurrah! All right, but why don't you let me tell you quietly why you are incapable of happiness? I see fear in your eyes; this question seems to concern you deeply. You are for 'religious tolerance'. You want to be free to like your own religion. Well and good. But you want more than that: you want your religion to be the only one. You are tolerant as to your religion, but not tolerant as to others. You become rabid when somebody, instead of a personal God, adores nature and tries to understand it. You want a marital partner to sue the other, to accuse him or her of immorality or brutality when they no longer can live together. Divorce on the basis of mutual agreement you do not recognize, you little descendant of great rebels. For you are frightened by your own lascivity. You want the truth in a mirror, where you can't grasp it. Your chauvinism derives from your bodily rigidity, your psychic constipation, Little Man. I don't say this derisively, but because I am your friend; even though you slay your friends when they tell you the truth. Take a look at your patriots: They do not walk; they march. They do not hate the enemy; instead, they have 'hereditary enemies' whom they exchange every ten years or so making them hereditary friends, and back into hereditary enemies. They do not sing songs; they yell martial airs. They do not embrace their women; they 'lay' them and 'do' so and so many 'numbers' a night. There is nothing you can undertake against my truth, Little Man. All you can do is to slay me, as you have slain so many others of your true friends: Jesus, Rathenau, Karl Liebknecht, Lincoln, and many others. In Germany, you used to call it 'putting down'. In the long run, it has put you down, by the millions. But you continue to be a patriot. You long for love, you love your work and make a living from it, and your work lives on my knowledge and that of others. Love, work and knowledge know no fatherlands, no customs barriers, and no uniforms. They are international and comprise all humanity. But you want to be a little patriot, because you are afraid of genuine love, afraid of your responsibility for your own work, afraid of knowledge. This is why you can only exploit the love, work and knowledge of others but can never create yourself. This is why you steal your happiness like a thief in the night; this is why you cannot see happiness in others without getting green with envy. 'Stop thief! He is a foreigner, an immigrant. But I am a German an American, a Dane, a Norwegian!' Ah, stop it, Little Man! You are and remain the eternal immigrant and emigrant. You have entered this world quite accidentally and will silently leave it again. You yell because you are afraid. You feel your body go rigid and gradually dry up. That's why you are afraid and call for your police. But your police has no power over my truth either. Even your policeman comes to me, complaining about his wife and his sick children. When he dons his uniform he hides the man in himself; but he cannot hide from me; I have seen him naked too. 'Is he registered with the police? Are his papers in order? Has he paid his taxes? Investigate him. He is a danger to the state and the honor of the nation!' Yes, Little Man, I have always been properly registered, my papers are in order and I have always paid my taxes. What you worry about is not the state or the honor of the nation. You tremble with fear lest I disclose your nature in public as I have sent it in my medical office. That's why you look for ways of convicting me of a political crime, which would put me in jail for years. I know you, Little Man. If you happen to be an Assistant District Attorney, you are not interested in protecting the law or the citizen; what you need is a whacking 'case' in order to advance more quickly to the post of District Attorney. That's what the little Assistant District Attorneys want. They did the same thing with Socrates. But you never learn from history. You murdered Socrates, and because you still do not know that you did, you continue to remain in the morass. You accused him of undermining your good morals. He still undermines them, poor Little Man. You murdered his body but you could not murder his mind. You continue to murder, in the interest of 'order'; but you murder in a cowardly, cunning way. You could not look me in the eyes when you accuse me publicly of immorality. For you know which one of us is immoral, lascivious and pornographic. Somebody once said that among his numerous acquaintances there was only one he had never heard tell a dirty joke; I was the one. Little Man, whether you be a District Attorney, a judge or a chief of police, I know your little dirty jokes and I know the source from which they stem. So, better keep quiet. Well, you might succeed in showing that my income tax payment was a hundred dollars short; or that I drove across a state line with a woman; or that I talked nicely with a child in the street. But it is in your mouth that each of these three sentences assumes its special timbre, the slippery, equivocal, mean sound of vile action. And since you know of nothing else, you think that I am like you. No, Little Man, I am not like you and never was like you in these things. It does not matter whether you believe it or not. True, you have a revolver and I have knowledge. The roles are divided. You ruin your own existence, Little Man, in the following manner: In 1924 I suggested a scientific study of the human character. You were enthusiastic. In 1928 our work achieved its first tangible results. You were enthusiastic and called me a 'spiritus rector'. In 1933 I was to publish these results in book form, in your publishing house. Hitler had just come to power. I had learned to understand the fact that Hitler came to power because your character is armored. You refused to publish the book in your publishing house, the book which showed you how you produce a Hitler. The book appeared nonetheless, and you continued to be enthusiastic. But you tried to kill it by silence, for your 'President' had declared himself against it. He had also advised mothers to suppress the genital excitations of infants by means of holding the breath. For twelve years, then, you kept silent about the book, which aroused your enthusiasm. In 1946 it was reissued. You acclaimed it as a 'classic'. You still are enthusiastic about my book. Twentytwo long, anxious, eventful years have passed since I began to teach you that what is important is not individual treatment but the prevention of mental disorders. For twentytwo long years I taught you that people get into this or that frenzy, or remain stuck in this or that lamentation because their minds and bodies have become rigid and because they can neither give love nor enjoy it. This, because their bodies, unlike that of other animals, cannot contract and expand in the love act. Twentytwo years after I had first said this, you now say to your friends that what is important is not individual treatment but the prevention of mental disorders. And you act again you have acted for thousands of years: you mention the big goal without saying how it could be reached. You fail to mention the love life of the masses of the people. You want to 'prevent, mental disorders'. That you can say; it is harmless and dignified. But you want to do it without tackling the prevailing sexual misery. You do not even mention it; that is not allowed. And as a physician, you remain stuck in the morass. What would you think of a technician who reveals the technique of flying but fails to disclose the secrets of motor and the propeller. That's the way you act, the technician of psychotherapy. You are a coward. You want to pick up the cherries out of my pie, but you don't want the thorns of my roses. Don't you, too, crack dirty jokes about me, 'the prophet of the better orgasm'? Don't you, little psychiatrist? Have you never heard the plaints of young brides whose bodies had been violated by impotent husbands? Or the anguish of adolescents who burst with unfulfilled love? Is your security still more important to you than your patient? How long are you going to continue putting your dignity in the place of your medical task? How long are you going to overlook the fact that your tactics cost the life of millions? You set security before the truth. When you hear of the orgone, which I discovered you do not ask: 'What can it do? How can it cure patients.' No, you ask: 'Is he licensed to practice medicine in the state of Maine'. You don't know that your little licenses can do no more than disturb my work, a little; they cannot prevent it. You don't know that I have worth everywhere on this earth, as the discoverer of your emotional plague and of your life energy; that nobody can examine me who does not know more than I. Now as to your freedom giddiness. Nobody, Little Man, has ever asked you why you have not been able to get freedom for yourself, or why, if you did, you immediately surrendered it to some new master. 'Listen to that! He dares to doubt the revolutionary upsurge of the proletarians of the world, he dares to doubt democracy! Down with the counterrevolutionary! Down!' Don't get excited, little Fuhrer of all democrats and all proletarians of the world. I believe that your real freedom of the future depends more on the answer to this one question then on tens of thousands of resolutions of your Party Congresses. 'Down with him! He sullies the honor of the nation and of the avantgarde of the revolutionary proletariat! Down! Against the wall!' Your yelling 'Viva!' and 'Down!' is not one step closer to your goal, Little Man. You have been believing that your freedom is secured when you 'put people against the wall'. For once, put yourself in front of a mirror. 'Down, down!' Stop a minute, Little Man I do not want to belittle you I only want to show you why up to now you have not been able to get freedom or to hold it. Aren't you interested in that at all? 'Down, down, down!' All right, I shall be brief: I shall tell you how the Little Man in you behaves if you happen to find yourself in a situation of freedom. Let's assume you are a student at an Institute, which stands for sexual health in children and adolescents. You are enthusiastic over the 'splendid idea' and want to participate the fight. This is what happened in my house: My student's sat at their microscopes, observing earth bions. You were sitting in the orgone accumulator, naked. I called to you to take part in the observations. Whereupon you jumped out of the accumulator naked, amidst the girls and women, exposing yourself. I reprimanded you immediately, but you did not see why I should have. I, on my part, could not understand why you did not see. Later, in an extended discussion you admitted that that had been precisely your concept of freedom in an Institute, which advocates sexual health. You soon found out that you had the deepest contempt for the Institute and its basic idea, and that was why you had behaved indecently. Another example, to show how again and again you gamble away your freedom. You know and I know, and everybody knows, that you go around in a perpetual state of sexual starvation; that you look greedily at every member of the other sex; that you talk with your friends about love in terms of dirty jokes; in brief, that you have a dirty, pornographic fantasy. One night, I heard you and your friends walk along the street, yelling in unison: 'We want women! We want women! Concerned with your future, I built up organizations in which you might learn better to understand your misery in life and to do something about it. You and your friends came to these meetings in droves. Why was that, Little Man? At first I thought it was because of an honest, burning interest in improving your life. Only much later did I recognize what really motivated you. You thought that here was a new kind of brothel, where one could get a girl easily and without shelling out money. Realizing that, I smashed these organizations, which were designed to help you with your life. Not because I think it is bad to find a girl in a meeting of such an organization, but because you approached it with a filthy mind. That's why these organizations were destroyed, and, again you remained stuck in the morass... You wanted to say something? 'The proletariat has been spoiled by the bourgeoisie. The Fuhrers of the proletariat will help. They are going to clean up the mess with a mailed fist. Apart from that, the sexual problem of the proletariat is going to solve itself.' I know what you mean, Little Man. That's exactly what they did in your fatherland of proletarians: to let the sexual problem solve itself. The result was shown in Berlin, when the proletarian soldiers raped women all night long. You know that as a fact. Your champions of the 'revolutionary honor', 'the soldiers of the proletarians of the world' have sullied you for centuries to come. You say such things happened 'only in the war'? Then I'm going to tell you another true story: A wouldbe Fuhrer, full of enthusiasm for the dictatorship of the proletariat, was also enthusiastic about sexeconomy. He came to me and said: 'you are wonderful. Karl Marx has shown the people how they can be free economically. You have shown the people how they can be free sexually: you have told them: "Go out and fuck as much as you like.'” In your head, everything becomes a perversion. What I call the loving embrace becomes, in your life, a pornographic act. You don't even know what I'm talking about, Little Man. This is why, again and again, you sink back into the morass. If you, Little Woman, by mere chance, without any special qualifications, have become a teacher, simply because you did not have children of your own, you do untold damage. Your job is to handle and educate children. In education, if one takes it seriously, this means correctly to manage the children's sexuality. In order to handle the children's sexuality, one must, oneself have experienced what love it. But you are fat, awkward and unattractive. That alone is enough to make you hate every charming, alive body with deep and bitter hatred. What I am blaming you for is not that you are fat and unattractive; not that you have never enjoyed love (no healthy man would give it to you); not that you do not understand love in the children. What I am blaming you for is that you make a virtue out of your unattractiveness and your incapacity for love, and that, with your bitter hatred, you strangle the love in the children, if you happen to work in a 'progressive school'. This is a crime, ugly Little Woman. The harmfulness of your existence consists in your alienating the affection of healthy children from their healthy fathers; in our considering the healthy love of a child a pathological symptom. It consists in your being barrel shaped, your going around like a barrel, your thinking like a barrel, your educating like a barrel; in your not modestly retiring to a small corner of life, but, instead, trying to impose upon this life your barrel shape, your falseness, and your bitter hatred hidden behind your false smile. And, Little Man, because you let such women handle your healthy children, let them drip their bitterness and their poison into healthy souls, are you what you are, live as you live, think as you think, and is the world as it is. Again, this is what you are like, Little Man: You come to me in order to learn what I, in hard work, had found out and had fought for. Without me, you would have become a small, unknown general practitioner in some small town or village. I made you great by giving you my knowledge and my therapeutic technique. I taught you to see the manner in which freedom is suppressed, every minute of the day, and how lack of freedom is nurtured. Then you assume a responsible position as the exponent of my work in some other country. You are free in the full sense of the word. I trust your honesty. But you feel inwardly dependant on me became you are unable to develop much out of yourself. You need me in order to drink knowledge from me, to get selfconfidence, vision into the future, and, more than anything else, development. All this I give to you gladly, Little Man. I ask nothing in return. But then you declare that I 'raped' you. You become fresh, in the belief of being free. But to confuse impudence with freedom has always been the sign of the slave. Pointing to your freedom, you refuse to send reports about your work. You feel yourself free free from cooperation and responsibility. And that's why, Little Man, you are what you are, and that's why the world is what it is. Do you know, Little Man, how an eagle would feel if he were hatching chickens' eggs? At first the eagle thinks that he will hatch little eagles whom he is going to bring up to be big eagles. But what comes out of the eggs is always nothing but little chicks. Desperately, the eagle keeps hoping that the chicks will turn into eagles after all. But no, at the end they are nothing but cackling hens. When the eagle found out this, he had a hard time suppressing his impulse to eat up all the chicks and cackling hens. What kept him from doing so was a small hope. The hope, namely, that among the many cackling chicks there might be, one day, a little eagle capable of growing up into a big eagle, capable like himself, to look from his lofty perch into the far distance, in order to detect new worlds, new thoughts and new forms of living. It was only this small hope that kept the sad, lonely eagle from eating up all the cackling chicks and hens. They did not see that they were being hatched by an eagle. They did not see that they lived on a high, steep rock, far above the damp, dark valleys. They did not look into the distance like the lonely eagle. They only gobbled and gobbled and gobbled whatever the eagle brought home to them. They let him warm them under his powerful wings when it rained and stormed outside, when he withstood the storm without any protection. Or, if things got tougher, they threw sharp little rocks at him from ambush, in order to hit and hurt him. When he realized this maliciousness his first impulse was to tear them to shreds. But he thought about it and began to pity them. Sometime, he hoped, there would be, there would have to be, among the many cackling, gobbling and shortsighted chickens, a little eagle capable of becoming like himself. The lonely eagle, to this day, has not given up this hope. And so he continues to hatch little chickens. You do not want to become an eagle, Little Man, and that is why you get eaten by the vultures. You are afraid of the eagles, and so you live together in great herds, and are being eaten up in big herds. For some of your chickens have hatched the eggs of vultures. And the vultures have become your Fuhrers against the eagles, the eagles who wanted to lead you into farther, better distances. The vulture taught you to eat carrion and to be content with just a few grains of wheat. In addition, they taught you to yell, 'Hail, Hail, Great Vulture!' Now you starve and die, in great masses, and you still are afraid of the eagles who hatch your chickens. All these things, Little Man, you have built on sand: your house, your life, your culture and civilization, your science and technic, your love and your education of children. You don't know it, you don't want to know it, and you slay the great man who tells it to you. You come, in great distress, asking again and again the same questions: 'My child is stubborn, he smashes everything, he cries out in nightmares, he can't concentrate on his schoolwork, he suffers from constipation, he is pale, he is cruel. What should I do? Help me!' Or: 'My wife is frigid, she doesn't give me any love. She tortures me, she has hysterical fits, and she runs around with a dozen men. What shall I do? Tell me!' Or: 'A new, even more dreadful war has broken out, and this after we had fought the war to end all wars. What should we do?' Or: 'The civilization of which I am so proud is collapsing, as a result of this inflation. Millions of people have nothing to eat, they starve, and they murder, steal, deteriorate, and give up all hope. What should are do?' 'What should I do?' 'What should one do?' This is your eternal question through the centuries. The fate of great achievement, born from a way of living which sets truth before security, is this: to be greedily devoured by you and to be shit out again by you. A great many great, courageous and lonely men have told you long since what you should do. Again and again you have twisted their teachings, torn them apart and destroyed them. Again and again you tackled them from the wrong end, made the small error instead of the great truth the guiding line of your life, in Christianity, in the teaching of socialism, in the teaching of the sovereignty of the people, in absolutely everything you touched, Little Man. Why do you do this, you ask? I don't believe that your question is seriously meant. You will feel murderous when you hear the truth: You built your house on sand and you did all this because you are incapable of feeling life in yourself, because you kill love in your child even before it is born; because you cannot tolerate any alive expression, any free, natural movement, because you cannot tolerate it, you get scared and ask: 'What is Mr. Jones, and what is Judge Smith going to say?' You are cowardly in your thinking, Little Man because real thinking is accompanied by bodily feelings, and you are afraid of your body. Many great men have told you: 'Go back to your origin listen to your inner voice follow your true feelings cherish love.' But you were deaf to what they said, for you had lost your ear for such words. They were lost in vast deserts, and the lonely criers perish in your dreadful desert emptiness, Little Man. You had the choice between Nietzsche's elevation to the Umbermensch and Hitler's degradation into the Umbermensch. You cried, Heil! and chose the Umbermensch . You had the choice between the genuinely democratic constitution of Lenin and the dictatorship of Stalin. You chose the dictatorship of Stalin. You had the choice between Freud's elucidation of the sexual core of your emotional disease and his theory of cultural adaptation. You chose his cultural philosophy, which did not give you a leg to stand on, and forgot about the theory of sex. You had the choice between the majestic simplicity of Jesus and the celibacy of Paul for his priests and lifelong compulsive marriage for yourself. You chose celibacy and compulsive marriage, forgetting about Jesus' simple mother who bore her child Christ out of love only. You had the choice between Marx's realization of the productivity of your living working power, which alone produces the value of goods, on the one hand, and the idea of the state on the other. You forgot about the living in your work and chose the idea of the state. During the French Revolution, you had the choice between the cruel Robespierre and the great Danton. You chose cruelty and sent greatness and kindness to the gallows. In Germany, you had the choice between Goering and Himmler on the one hand and Liebknecht, Landau and Muhsam on the other. You made Himmler your chief of police, and you murdered your true friends. You had the choice between Julius Streicher and Waiter Rathenau. You murdered Rathenau. You had the choice between Lodge and Wilson. You murdered Wilson. You had the choice between the cruel Inquisition and the truth of Galileo. You tortured to death the great Galileo, from whose discoveries you are profiting, by submitting him to utter humiliation. In this twentieth century, you have again brought to flower the methods of the Inquisition. You had the choice between an understanding of mental disease and shock therapy. You chose shock therapy, in order not to have to realize the gigantic dimensions of your own misery, in order to continue to remain blind where only open, dear eyes can help. You have the choice between ignorance of the cancer cell and my disclosure of its secrets, which could and will save millions of human lives. You keep repeating the same stupidities about cancer in periodicals and newspapers and keep silent about the knowledge, which might save your child, your wife or your mother. You starve and die by the million, but you fight the Mohammedans about the sacredness of cows, Little Indian Man. You go in rags, Little Italian and Little Slav of Trieste, but you have no other worry than whether Trieste is 'Italian' or 'Slavic'. I thought Trieste was a harbor for ships from all over the world. You hang the Hitlerites after they have murdered millions of people. What were you thinking before they had killed millions? Aren't dozens of corpses enough to make you think? Does it take millions of corpses to stir your humanity? Each one of these pettinesses elucidates the gigantic misery of the animal, man. You say: 'Why do you take all this so damn seriously? Do you feel responsible for all and every evil?' In saying this, you condemn yourself. If you, Little Man out of millions, carried even a mite of your responsibility, the world would look different, and your great friends would not die of your pettinesses. It is because you don't take any responsibility that your house stands on sand. The ceiling collapses over you, but you have a 'proletarian' or a 'national' honor. The floor collapses under you, but going down you still yell, 'Heil, great Fuhrer, long live German, Russian, Jewish honor!' The water pipes break, your child is drowning; but you continue to advocate 'discipline and order' which you reach your child with beatings. Your wife lies in bed with pneumonia, but you, Little Man, consider what is a foundation of rock the product of a 'Jewish fantasy'. You come running to me and ask me: 'My good, dear, great Doctor! What should I do? My house is collapsing, the wind blows through it, my child and my wife are sick, and so am I. What should I do?' The answer is: Build your house on rock. The rock is your own nature, which you kill in yourself, the bodily love of your child, the dream of love of your wife, your own dream of life at the age of sixteen. Exchange your illusions for a bit of truth. Send your politicians and diplomats packing. Forget about your neighbor and listen to what is in you; your neighbor too will be grateful. Tell your fellows in work all over the world that you are willing to work for life only, and no longer for death. Instead of running to the executions of your hangmen and hanged, create a law for the protection of human life and goods. Such a law will be part of the rock under your house. Protect the love of your small children against the attacks of lascivious, ungratified women and men. Prosecute the gossiping spinster; expose her publicly or put her in a reform school instead of the adolescents who long for love. Do no longer try to outdo your exploiter in exploitation when you are in a position to guide work. Throw away your striped pants and your high hat and don't ask for a license to embrace your wife. Make contact with people in other countries, for they are like you, in their good qualities and bad. Let your child grow up as nature (or 'God') has made it. Don't try to improve nature. Try, instead to understand and protect it. Go to a library instead of a prizefight to foreign countries instead of Coney Island. And, most important THINK CORRECTLY, listen to your inner voice which nudges you gently. You have your life in your own hand. Do not entrust it to anybody else, least of all to the Fuhrers you elected. BE YOURSELF! Many great men have told you so. 'Listen to this reactionary petitbourgeois individualist! He does not know the inexorable course of history. "Know thyself," he says. What bourgeois nonsense! The revolutionary proletariat of the world, led by its beloved Fuhrer, the father of all peoples, of all the Russians, of all the Slavs, will free the people I Down with the individualists and anarchists!' And long live the Fathers of all peoples and all Slavs, Little Man! Listen, Little Man, I have some serious predictions to make: You are taking over the rule of the world, and it makes you tremble with fear. For centuries to come, you will murder your friends and will hail as your masters the Fuhrers of all peoples, proletarians and all the Russians. Day after day, week after week, decade after decade, you will praise one master after the other; and at the same time you will not hear the plaints of your babies, the misery of your adolescents, the longings of your men and women, or, if you hear them, you will call them bourgeois individualism. Through the centuries, you will shed blood where life should be protected and will believe that you will achieve freedom with the help of the hangman; thus, you will find yourself again and again in the same morass. Through the centuries, you will follow the braggarts and will be deaf and blind when LIFE, YOUR LIFE, calls to you. For you are afraid of life, Little Man, deadly afraid. You will murder it, in the belief of doing it for the sake of 'socialism', or 'the state', or 'national honor', or 'the glory of God'. There is one thing you don't know nor want to know: That you yourself create all your misery, hour after hour, day after day; that you do not understand your children, that you break their spines before they have had a chance really to develop them; that you steal love; that you are avaricious and crazy for power; that you keep a dog in order also to be a 'master' Through the centuries you will miss your way, until you and your like will die the mass death of the general social misery; until the awfulness of your existence will spark in you a first weak glimmer of insight into yourself. Then, gradually and gropingly, you will learn to look for your friend, the man of love, work and knowledge, will learn understand and respect him. Then you will begin to understand that the library is more important for your life than the prizefight; a thoughtful walk in the woods better than parading; healing better than killing; healthy selfconfidence better than national consciousness, and modesty better than patriotic and other yelling. You think the goal justifies the means, even the vile means. You are wrong: The goal is in the path on which you arrive at it. Every step of today is your life of tomorrow. No great goal can be reached by vile means. That you have proven in every social revolution. The vileness or inhumanity of the path to the goal makes you vile or inhuman, and the goal unattainable. 'But how, then, shall I reach my goal of Christian love, of socialism, of the American constitution?' Your Christian love, your socialism, your American constitution lie in what you do every day, what you think every hour, in how you embrace your mate and how you experience your child, in how you look at your work as YOUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, in how you avoid becoming like the suppressor of your life. But you, Little Man, misuse the freedoms given you in the constitution in order to overthrow, it, instead of making it take root in everyday life. I saw you as a German refugee misuse Swedish hospitality. At that time, you were a wouldbe Fuhrer of all the suppressed people on earth. You remember the Swedish institution of smörgåsbord. Many foods and delicacies are spread out, and it is left to the guest what and how much he will take. To you this institution was new and alien; you could not understand how one can trust human decency. You told me with malicious joy how you did not eat all day in order to gorge yourself on the free food in the evening. 'I have starved as a child,' you say. I know, Little Man, for I have seen you starve, and I know what hunger is. But you don't know that you perpetuate the hunger of your children a million times when you steal smörgåsbord, you couldbe savior of all the hungry. There are certain things one just does not do: such as stealing silver spoons, or the woman, or smörgåsbord in a hospitable home. After the German catastrophe I found you half starved in a park. You told me that the 'Red Help' of your party had refused to help you because you could not show your parry membership, having lost your party book. Your Fuhrers of all the hungry distinguish red, white and black hungry people. But we know only one starving organism. This is the way you are in small matters. And this is the may you are in big matters: You set out to abolish the exploitation of the capitalist era and the disdain for human life, and to get recognition of your rights. For there was, a hundred years ago, exploitation and contempt for human life, and thanklessness. But there also was respect for great achievements, and loyalty for the giver of great things, and recognition of gifts. And what have you done, Little Man? Wherever you enthroned your own little Fuhrers, the exploitation of your strength is more acute than a hundred years ago, the disdain for your life is more brutal, and there is no recognition of your rights at all. And where you are still trying to enthrone your own Fuhrer, every respect for achievement has disappeared and been replaced by stealing the fruits of the hard work done by your great friends. You don't know what recognition of a gift is, for you think you would no longer be a free American or Russian or Chinese, if you were to respect and recognize things. What you set out to destroy flourishes more vigorously than ever; and what you should safeguard and protect like your own life, you have destroyed. Loyalty you consider 'sentimentality' or a 'petty bourgeois habit', respect for achievement slavish bootlicking. You do not see that you are bootlicking where you should be irreverent and that you an ungrateful when you should be loyal. You stand on your head and you believe yourself dancing into the realm of freedom. You will wake up from your nightmare, Little Man, finding yourself helplessly lying on the ground. For you steal where you are being given, and you give where you are being robbed. You confuse the right to free speech and to criticism with irresponsible talk and poor jokes. You want to criticize but you don't want to be criticized, and for this reason you get torn apart. You always want to attack without exposing yourself to attack. That's why you always shoot from ambush. 'Police! Police! Is his passport in order? Is he really a Doctor of Medicine? His name is not in WHO IS WHO, and the Medical Association fights him.' The police won't help here, Little Man. They can catch thieves and can regulate traffic, but they cannot get freedom for you. You have destroyed your freedom yourself, and go on destroying it, with an inexorable consistency. Before the first 'World War', there were no passports in international travel; you could travel wherever you wished. The war for 'freedom and peace' brought the passport controls, and they stuck to you like lice. When you wanted to travel some 300 kilometers in Europe, you first had to ask for permission in the consulates of some ten different nations. And so it still is, years after the termination of the second war to end all wars. And so it will remain after the third and nth war to end all wars. 'Listen! He sullies my patriotism, the honor and the glory of the nation!' Oh, be quiet Little Man. Then are two kinds of tones: the howling of a storm about mountaintops, and your fart. You are a fart, and you believe to smell of violets. I cure your neurotic misery and you ask whether I am in WHO IS WHO? I understand your cancer, and your little Commissioner of Health prohibits my experimenting with mice. I taught your physicians to understand you medically, and your Medical Association denounces me to the police. You are mentally ill, and they administer electric shocks to you just as in the Middle Ages they used the chain or the whip. Be quiet, Dear Little Man. Your lie is all too miserable. I do not want to save you, but I shall finish my talk to you, even if you should come around in a white nightshirt and a mask, with a rope in your cruel, bloody hand, to hang me. You cannot hang me, Little Man, without stringing up yourself. For I represent your life, your feeling of the world, your humanity, your love and your joy in creating. No, you cannot murder me, Little Man. Once I was afraid of you, just as before I had believed in you too much. But I have gone beyond you, and now I see you in the perspective of thousands of years, forwards and backwards in time. I want you to lose your fear of yourself. I want you to live more happily and more decently. I want you to have a body which is alive instead of rigid, I want you to love your children instead of hating them, to make your wife happy instead of 'maritally' torturing her. I am your physician, and since you inhabit this planet, I am a planetary physician; I am not a German, or a Jew, or a Christian or an Italian, I am a citizen of the earth. For you, on the other hand, there exist only angelical Americans and beastly Japanese. 'Grab him! Examine him!' Does he have a license to practice medicine? Proclaim a Royal decree that he cannot practice without the consent of the king of our free country! He does experiments about my pleasure functions! Jail him! Throw him out of the country!' I have myself acquired the permission to engage in my activities. Nobody can give it to me. I have founded a new science, which finally understands your life. You will avail yourself of it in ten, a hundred or a thousand years as in the past you have gobbled up other teachings when you were at the end of your rope. Your Minister of Health has no power over me, Little Man. He would have influence only if he had the courage to know my truth. So he goes back to his country and tells people that I am interned in an American mental hospital, and he appoints as Inspector General of Hospitals a mediocre man who, in an attempt to deny the pleasure function, had falsified experiments. I, on the other hand, write this talk to you, Little Man. Do you want more proof of the impotence of your powers that be? Your authorities, Commissioners of Health and Professors could not enforce their prohibitions against understanding your cancer. I did my dissecting and microscopic work against their explicit prohibition. Their travels to England and France to undermine my work were to no avail. They remained stuck where they had always been, in pathology. I, on the other hand, have saved your life more than once, Little Man. 'When I bring my Fuhrer of all proletarians to power in Germany, we shall put him against the wall! He spoils our proletarian youth! He contends that the proletariat suffers from incapacity for love just as does the bourgeoisie! He makes brothels out of our youth organizations. He contends that I am an animal! He destroys my class consciousness!' Yes, I destroy your ideals, which cost you your good sense and your head, Little Man. You want to see your great eternal hope in the mirror only, where you can't grasp it. But only the truth in your own fist will make you the master of this earth. 'Throw him out of the country! He undermines quiet and order. He is a spy of my eternal enemies. He has bought a house with money from Moscow (or is it Berlin?)' You don't understand, Little Man. A little old woman was afraid of mice. She was my neighbor and knew that I kept experimental mice in my basement. She was afraid the mice might crawl under her skirt and between her legs. She would not have this fear if she had ever enjoyed love. It was in these mice that I learned to understand your cancerous putrefaction, Little Man. You happened to be my landlord, and the poor little woman asked you to evict me. And you, with all your courage, your wealth of ideals and ethics, evicted me. I had to buy a house in order to continue to examine the mice for you, undisturbed by you and your cowardice. After this, what did you do, Little Man? As an ambitious little District Attorney you wanted to use the famous dangerous man to further your career. You said I was a German, or, again a Russian spy. You had me jailed. But it was worth it, seeing you sitting then at my hearing, blushing all over. I felt sorry for you little servant of the state, so miserable were you. And your secret agents did not speak at all well of you when they searched my house for 'espionage material'. Later, I met you again, this time in the person of a small Judge from the Bronx, with the unfulfilled ambition for a seat on a higher bench. You accused me of having books of Lenin and Trotsky in my library. You did not know Little Man, what a library is for. I told you that I also had Hitler and Buddha and Jesus and Goethe and Napoleon and Casanova in my library. For, so I told you, in order to understand the emotional plague, one had to know it intimately from all sides. This was new to you, Little Judge. 'Jail him! He is a Fascist! He despises the people!' You despise the people', Little Judge. You despise the people, for you do not administer their rights, but instead, further your career. This, too, you have been told by many great men; but, of course you never read them. I have respect for the people when I expose myself to the great danger of telling them the truth. I might play bridge with you and joke with you. But I do not sit at the same table with you. For you are a poor advocate of the Bill of Rights. 'He is a Trotskyite! Jail him! He incites the people, the Red Dog!' I do not incite the people, but your selfconfidence, your humanity, and you can't stand it. For what you want is to get votes and advance in position, you want to be Judge of the Superior Court or Fuhrer of all proletarians. Your justice and your Fuhrer mentality is the rope around the neck of the world. What did you do with Wilson, this great, warm person? To you, the Judge from the Bronx, he was a 'dreamer'; to you, the wouldbe Fuhrer of all proletarians, he was an 'exploiter of the people'. You murdered him, Little Man, with your indolence, your empty talk, your fear of your own hope. You almost murdered me, too, Little Man. Do you remember my laboratory, ten years ago? You were technical Assistant. You had been out of work and had been recommended to me, as an outstanding Socialist, member of a government party. You received a good salary and were free in the full sense of the word. I included you in all deliberations, for I believed in you and your 'mission'. Do you remember what happened? You went crazy with freedom. For days I saw you walk around with your pipe in your mouth, doing nothing. I did not understand why you did not work. When I came into the laboratory in the morning, you waited provocatively for me to greet you first. I like to greet people first, Little Man. But if one waits for me to do so, I get angry because I am, in your sense, your 'senior' and 'Boss'. I let you misuse your freedom for a few days, and then had a talk with you. With tears in your eyes, you admitted that you did not know what to do with this new kind of regime. You were not used to freedom.
In your previous position, you had not been allowed to smoke in the presence of your chief you were supposed only to speak when spoken to, you wouldbe Fuhrer of all proletarians. But now, when you had genuine freedom, you behaved impertinently and provocatively. I understood you and did not fire you. Then you left and told some abstinent court psychiatrist about my experiments. You were the secret informer, one of the hypocrites and plotters who instigated the newspaper campaign against me. That's the way you are, Little Man, when you enjoy freedom. Contrary to your intentions, your campaign set my work ahead by ten years. So I take leave of you, Little Man. I am no longer going to serve you, and I do not want to be slowly tortured to death by my concern for you. You cannot follow me into the far distances into which I move. You would be terrified if you had an inkling of what awaits you in the future. For you are taking over the rule of the world. My lonely reaches are a part of your future. But as yet I do not want you as a traveling companion. As a traveling companion, you are harmless only in the tavern, not where I am going. 'Down with him! He derides the civilization, which I, the Man In the Street, have built up. I am a free man in a free democracy. Hurrah!' You are nothing, Little Man, nothing at all. It is not you who has built up this civilization, but a very few of your decent masters. You haven't any idea what you are building when you are on a building job. And when somebody tells you to take responsibility for the building you call him a 'traitor to the proletariat' and run to the Father of all Proletarians who does not tell you so. Nor are you free, Little Man. You have no idea what freedom is. You would not know how to live in freedom. Who has carried the emotional plague to victory in Europe? You, Little Man. And in America? Think of Wilson. 'Listen, he accuses me, the Little Man! Who am I, what power have I, to influence the President of the United States?' I do my duty, I do what my boss tells me, and I do not meddle in high politics.' And when you drag thousands of men, women and children to the gas chambers, you also just do what you am told to do, is that it, Little Man? You are so harmless that you don't even know what's going on. You are only a poor devil who has nothing to say, who has no opinion of his own, and who are you anyhow to meddle in politics? I know; I have heard it often enough. But I ask you: Why don't you do your duty when somebody tells you that you are responsible for your work, or tells you not to beat your children, or not to follow my dictators? Where is your duty, your harmless obedience, then? No, Little Man, you do not listen when truth speaks, you listen only when noises are being made. And then you yell, Heil! You are cowardly and cruel without any sense of your true duty, that of being human and of safeguarding humanity. You are poor at imitating the man who knows and so good at imitating the robber. Your films, radio programmes and 'comic books' are full of murder. You will have to drag yourself and your pettinesses through the centuries before you can become your own master. I separate from you in order better to serve your future. For in the distance you cannot slay me, and you have more respect for my work when it is at a distance. You have contempt for that which is close to you. You put your General or Field Marshal on a pedestal in order to be able to respect him, even though he is contemptible. That's why the great man has kept at a distance from you ever since the world has been writing its history. 'He is a megalomaniac! He's gone crazy, absolutely crazy!' I know, Little Man, you are quick with the diagnosis of craziness when you meet a truth you don't like. And you feel yourself as the 'homo normalis'. You have locked up crazy people, and the normal people manage this world. Who then is to blame for all the misery? Not you, of course, you only do your duty, and who are you to have an opinion of your own? I know, you don't have to repeat it. It isn't you that matters, Little Man. But when I think of your newborn children, of how you torture them in order to make them into 'normal' human beings after your image, then I am tempted to come close to you again, in order to prevent your crime. But I also know that you have taken care to protect yourself well by your institution of a Department of Education. I want to take you for a walk through this world, Little Man and show you what you are and what you were, in the present and in the past in Vienna, London and Berlin, as the 'bearer of the popular will', as the member of some creed. You can find yourself everywhere, and you recognize yourself whether you are a Frenchman, a German or a Hottentot, if you had the courage to look at yourself. 'Listen! He offends my honor! He sullies my mission!' I don't do any such thing, little Man. I shall be very glad if you set me right, if you prove that you are able to look at and to recognize yourself. You have to give proof the same way a contractor who builds a house has to. The house must be there and it must be livable. The contractor has no right to yell, 'He offends my honor,' when I show him that he only talks about 'the mission of housing construction' instead of actually building houses. In the same way you have to prove that you are the bearer of the future of humanity. You can no longer hide, a coward, behind your 'honor of the nation' or of the 'proletariat'. For you have disclosed too much of yourself, Little Man. As I say, I am taking leave of you. It took many years and it cost many painful sleepless nights to do so. Your wouldbe Fuhrer of all proletarians are not so complicated Today they are your Fuhrer and tomorrow they do hack writing for a little paper. They change their convictions as one changes shirts. I do not. I continue to care for you and your fate. But since you are incapable of respecting anyone who is close to you, I have to put some distance between us. Your great grandchild will be the heir of my labors. I wait for him to enjoy my fruits as I have been waiting for thirty years for you to do so. You, instead kept yelling, 'Down with capitalism' or, 'Down with the American Constitution!' Follow me, Little Man, I want to show you some snapshots of yourself. Don't run. It is ugly, but salutary, and not so terribly dangerous. About a hundred years ago you learned to parrot the physicists who built machines and said there was no soul. Then came a great man and showed you your soul, only he did not know the connection between your soul and your body. You said, 'Ridiculous! "Psychoanalysis!" Charlatanry! You can analyze urine, but you cannot analyze the psyche.' You said this because in medicine you knew nothing but urine analysis. The fight for your mind lasted some forty years. I know this hard fight, because I, too, fought it for you. One day you discovered that one can make a lot of money with the sick human mind. All one has to do is to let a patient come daily for an hour over a period of some years and have him pay a certain fee for every hour. Then, and not until then, did you begin to believe in the existence of the mind. In the meantime, knowledge of your body has quietly grown. I found that your mind is a function of your life energy, that, in, other words, there is a unity between body and mind. I followed this track, and I found that you reach out with your life energy when you feel well and loving, and that you retract it to the center of the body when you are afraid. For fifteen years you kept silent about these discoveries. But I continued on the same track and found that this life energy, which I termed 'orgone', is also found in the atmosphere, outside of your body. I succeeded in seeing it in the dark and to devise apparatus, which magnified it and made it light up. While you were playing at cards or were torturing your wife and ruining your child, I sat in a darkroom, many hours a day, over two long years, to make sure that I had discovered your life energy. Gradually, I learned to demonstrate it to other people, and I found that they saw the same thing I saw. If you are a doctor who believes that the mind is a secretion of the endocrine glands, you tell one of my cured patients that my therapeutic success was the result of 'suggestion'. If you suffer from obsessive doubts and fear of the dark, you say about the phenomena, which you just observed that they were due to 'suggestion' and that you feel as if in a spiritualist session. That's the way you are, Little Man. You blabber just as hopelessly about the 'soul' in 1945 as you denied its existence in 1920. You have remained the same Little Man. In 1984 you will just as unconcernedly make a lot of money with the orgone, and will just as unconcernedly sully, doubt, defame, kill by silence and ruin another truth as you did with the discovery of the mind and with that of the cosmic energy. And you remain the 'critical' Little Man who yells, Heil! here and Heil! there. You remember what you said about the discovery that the earth does not stand still but rotates and moves in the space? Your answer was the silly joke that now the glasses would fall off a waiter's tray. That was a few centuries back and, of course, you have forgotten, Little Man. All you know of Newton is that 'he saw an apple fall from a tree', and all you know of Rousseau is that he 'wanted to go back to nature'. What you learned from Darwin is only the 'survival of the fittest: but not your origin from the apes. Of Goethe's Faust, that you like to quote so freely, you have understood as much as a cat understands of mathematics. You are stupid and vain, empty and apish, Little Man. You always know to evade the essential and to take over what is erroneous. Your Napoleon, this little man with the gold braid, of whom nothing remained but compulsory military training is displayed in your bookshops in large golden letters, but my Kepler, who foresaw your cosmic origin, cannot be found in any bookstore. That's why you don't get out of the morass, Little Man. That's why I have to tell you off when you believe that I have worked and worried for twenty years and sacrificed a fortune in order to 'suggest' the existence of the cosmic orgone energy to you. No, Little Man by making all this sacrifice, I have really learned to cure the plague in your body. You don't believe that. For I heard you say in Norway that 'if anybody spends that much money for his experiments he must be literally crazy'. I understand this: you judge by yourself. You can only take, you cannot give. That's why it is inconceivable to you that someone could have his joy in life in giving, just as it is inconceivable to you that one could be together with a member of the other sex without immediately wanting to 'lay'. I could respect you if you were big in stealing your happiness. But you are a little, cowardly thief. You are clever but; psychically constipated, you are unable to create. Thus, you steal a bone and crawl into a hole to chew it up, as Freud told you once. You congregate around the voluntary giver, the cheerful spender, and suck him dry. You are the sucker and, perversely, you call him the sucker. You gorge yourself with his knowledge, his happiness, his greatness, but you cannot digest what you have swallowed. You shit it out again right away, and it stinks frightfully. Or, in order to maintain your dignity after having committed the theft, you sully your giver, call him crazy or a charlatan or a seducer of children. Oh, there we are: 'Seducer of children'. Do you remember, Little Man (you were then the president of a scientific society) how you spread the rumor that I had my children witness the sexual act? This was after I had published my first article on the genital rights of infants. And the other time (you then happened to be the temporary president of some 'cultural association' in Berlin) when you spread the rumor that I took adolescent girls for automobile rides into the woods and seduced them? I have never seduced adolescent girls, Little Man. That's your dirty fantasy, not mine, I love my girl or my wife; I am not like you who are incapable of loving your wife end therefore would like to seduce little girls in the woods. And you, adolescent girl, don't you dream of your film star? Don't you take his picture to bed with you? Don't you approach him and seduce him, pretending to be over eighteen years old? And then? Don't you go to court and accuse him of rape? He is acquitted, or found guilty, and your grandmothers kiss the hands of the great film star. You wanted to sleep with the film star, but you did not have the courage to take the responsibility. So you accuse him, poor, violated girl. Or you poor, raped woman who experienced more sexual pleasure with her chauffeur than with her husband. Did you not seduce your colored chauffeur who had kept his sexuality more nearly healthy, little white woman? And didn't you then accuse him of rape, poor help less creature, the victim of an 'inferior race'? No; of course you were pure, and white, your ancestors came over on the Mayflower, you are a 'Daughter of This or That Revolution', a Northerner or a Southerner whose grandfather grew rich by dragging African Negroes to America in chains. How harmless, how pure, how white, how little desirous of the Negro you are poor little woman. You miserable coward, descendant of a sick race of slavehunters, of a cruel Cortez who lured thousands of trusting Aztecs into a trap in order to shoot them from ambush. You poor daughters of this or that revolution. What have you grasped about the emancipation? What of the strivings of the American revolutionaries, what of Lincoln who freed the slaves for you whom you then turned over to the 'free market of competition'? Look in the mirror, daughters of revolutions. You will recognize there the 'Daughters of the Russian Revolution', you harmless, chaste girls. If you had been able to give love to a man a single time, the life of many a Negro Jew or worker would have been saved. Just as you kill your life in your children so you kill in the Negroes your inkling of love, your frivolous pornographic fantasy of lust. I know you, you girls and women of the rich. What abysmal vileness you breed in your rigid genitals! No, you daughter of this or that revolution, I have no intention of becoming an LLD. or a Commissar.. That I leave to your stiff creatures in robes and uniforms. I love the birds and deer and chipmunks who are close to the Negroes. I mean the Negroes from the jungle, not the ones from Harlem, in stiff collars and zoot suits. I don't mean the fat Negro women with earrings whose inhibited pleasure turned into the fat of their hips. I mean the svelte, soft bodies of the girls of the South Sea whom you, the sexual swine of this or that Army, 'lay'; girls who do not know that you take their pure love as you would in a Denver brothel. No, daughter, you long for the living, which as yet has not understood that it is exploited and despised. But your time has come. You have ceased to function as the German racial virgin. You continue to live as the Russian class virgin or as the Universal daughter of the Revolution. In 500 or 1,000 years, when healthy boys and girls will enjoy and protect love, nothing will be left of you but a ridiculous memory. Did you not refuse your auditoriums to Marian Anderson, this voice of the living, Little, Cancerous Woman? Her name will sing into the centuries when no trace will be left of you. I ask myself whether Marian Anderson also thinks into the centuries, or whether she, too, prohibits her child's love. I don't know; the living swings in big and small leaps. It is satisfied with life itself. It does not live in you, Little Cancerous Woman. You have spread the fairy tale, and your Little Man has swallowed it, line, hook and sinker, that you are 'THE SOCIETY' Little Woman. You are not. True, you announce every day, in the Jewish and Christian papers, that and when your daughter will embrace a man; but this does not interest any serious individual. 'Society' is I and the carpenter and the gardener and the teacher and the physician and the factory worker. That is society, and not you, the little, cancerous, stiff, maskfaced woman. You are not life, you are its distortion. But understand why you withdrew into your wealthy fortress. It was the only thing you could do, in the face of the pettiness of the carpenters and the gardeners and the physicians, teachers and factory workers. In the framework of this plague, it was your wisest deed. But your smallness and pettiness is in your bones, with your constipation, your rheumatism, your masks, your denial of life. You are unhappy, poor little woman, because your sons go to ruin, your daughters become whores, your husbands dry up, and your life putrefies, and with it your tissues. You can't tell me any stories, Little Daughter of the Revolution; I have seen you naked. You are cowardly and always have been. You had the happiness of humanity in your hands, and you have gambled it away. You have bore Presidents, and have endowed them with pettiness. They get photographed pinning medals on people; they smile eternally and do nor dare to call a spade a spade, Little Daughter of the Revolution! You had the world in your hands, and at the end you dropped your atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; your son, I mean, dropped them. You dropped your tombstone, Little Cancerous Woman. With this one bomb, you bombed your whole class, your whole race, into the silent grave forever. For you did not have the humanity to warn the men, women and children in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. You did not manage the greatness to be human. For this reason, you will silently disappear like a stone in the sea. It does not matter what you now think or say, you Little Woman who produced idiotic generals. Five hundred years from now, one will laugh and marvel at you. That one does not do so already is part and parcel of the misery of the world. I know what you are going to say, Little Woman. All appearances are in your favor; 'defense of the country', etc. I've heard that way back in the Old Austria. Have you ever heard a Viennese coach driver yell, 'Hurrah, mein Kaiser'? No? Well, you only have to listen to yourself; it is the same music. No, Little Woman, I am not afraid of you; there is nothing you can do to me. True, your son in law is the District Attorney, or your nephew is the Assistant Tax Collector. You invite him to tea and drop a few words about me. He wants to become District Attorney or Chief Tax Collector, and looks for a victim of 'law and order'. I know how these things are done. But that sort of thing is not going to save your neck, Little Woman. My truth is stronger than you. 'He is a one sided fanatic! Don't I have any function in society?' I have only shown you in what way you are small and vile Little Man and Little Woman. I have not even mentioned yet your usefulness and importance. Do you think I would give you a talk fraught with danger to life if you were not important? Your pettiness and meanness seem all the more terrible if seen in the light of your importance and giant responsibility. They say you are stupid. I say you are clever but cowardly. They say you are the offal of human society. I say you are its seed. They say culture needs slaves. I say no culture can be built with slaves. This dreadful twentieth century has made ridiculous every cultural theory evolved since Plato. Human culture does not even exist yet, Little Man! We are only just beginning to comprehend the dreadful deviation and pathological degeneration of the animal, man. This 'Talk to the Little Man' or any other decent writing of today is to the culture of 1000 or 5000 years hence as was the first wheel of thousands of years ago to the Diesel locomotive of today. You always think in too short terms, Little Man just from breakfast to lunch. You must learn to think back in terms of centuries and forward in terms of thousands of years. You have to learn to think in the terms of living life, in terms of your development from the first plasmatic flake to the animal man, which walks erect but cannot yet think straight. You have no memory even for things that happened ten or twenty years ago, and so you keep repeating the same stupidities you sai
I planted the seed of holy words in this world. When long since the palm tree will have died, the rock decayed; When long since the shining monarchs have been blown away like rotted leaves: Through every deluge a thousand arks will carry my word: It will prevail!