From Sebatian Haffner via Chicago Boyz (edited)
During World War One, a generation of young Germans had become accustomed to having the entire content of their lives -- all the raw material for their deeper emotions -- delivered free, so to speak, by the public sphere.
Now that these deliveries suddenly ceased, people were left helpless, impoverished, robbed, and disappointed.
Everyone was cordially invited to concentrate on their personal lives, to arrange their affairs according to their own taste and to find their own paths to happiness.
But they had never learned how to live from within themselves, how to make an ordinary private life great, beautiful and worthwhile, how to enjoy it and make it interesting.
So they regarded the end of political tension and the return of private liberty not as a gift, but as a deprivation. They were bored, their minds strayed to silly thoughts, and they began to sulk.