Germany made a terrible error in judgment by believing itself called to an intermediary function between the East and the West, and to exploit commerce, to make a brokerage to sell Western civilization to the East. With this conception of its mission, it humiliates itself before itself. The man is the measure of his work. The intermediary occupies an inferior rank to those who create it. In a certain manner, the intermediary is always a parasite that cannot nourish itself without another. He remains even when he sees his merit in the fact of being allowed to participate last in his enjoyment. Sooner or later, we discover that the intermediary life depends on the creator. In 1648 and in 1918, the Latin countries brusquely understood the intermediary position of Germany depending entirely on their benevolence. In the measure where Germany is integrated into the cultural sphere of the West, it is not autonomous. Its function of intermediary culture nevertheless remains dependent on the foreigner of whom it is the commercial intermediary.
Germany received from heaven an authentic gift whose wealth permitted it to only count on itself. But it has taken so seriously its “intermediary” role that it cedes its title as something negotiable, without realizing that it is deprived of the pleasure of being itself. This gift of heaven was the idea of Potsdam.
He who does not affirm his personality finally does not have the right to be himself. The intermediary must always sing the praises of those who nourish him. Since 1918, the foreign songs that leave German mouths give chills.