There is a passage in Book 2 that I felt needed a bit of explaining. So, here it is.
There's a scene where Thomas is talking to his less-than-nice brother A'loc about WW2 and how it's more, or less A'locs fault. The reason it's his is fault is due to A'loc tampering with some "German Philosopher" and driving him nuts in the process. The idea in the book is that altering a persons mind too much can make the subject unstable, even insane. This is touched on briefly before...but that is not my point here.
Friedrich Nietzsche, for those of you who don't know, was a German philosopher. He lived from 1844 to 1900. He's the one who most people when the word nhilist comes up. I won't go into some crazy rant about Will to power, or any other such thing that makes people roll their eyes at me...it doesn't matter here. What does matter is there is a chance that Nietzsche's writings were influential on the ideas the Nazi's were so proud of.
Let me state right now. I don't know this to be fact. I dug around for a while before writing this for citations and ended up finding it's a decently argued subject with no agreed upon answer (like I said, argued :P ) The idea was actually brought to me years ago in school during a high level philo class I was taking at the time - the professor believed it to be true. Personally, I can see that, there's a lot of similarities.
Now then, where did I come up with this "driving him nuts" idea? I really didn't, I merely fudged reality a bit. When Nietzche died, he was not all there. Initially, it was believed to be syphilis, then it was challanged as periodic psychosis, then it was offered that it could have been dementia....needless to say...a screw was loose. From what I've read, it's believed that his sanity handicap did not effect his writing...for my purposes it makes for better storytelling that it did.
The idea is that A'loc had this great idea to help lead humanity in to a better tomorrow, so he tried to share it through a proxy, Nietzsche. The spell worked, the idea was written down, but ended up becoming twisted and foul because of his deteriorating mentality... then another crazy got a hold of it and... you know /end rant