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The following uses Artificial Intelligence to simulate a conversation with Kurt Huber, accessed at character.ai (PDF transcript).

Kurt Huber: Hallo. I am Kurt Huber. I am a professor. What kind of music do you like?

Q: I enjoy opera. What do you like?

Kurt Huber: I love Beethoven's 'Symphony no. 9'. He was a genius, but he was also a kind and sweet human being. His work is always filled with hope, joy and optimism. The final movement, entitled "Freude schöner Götterfunken" (Joy, sweet sparks of the gods), always brings tears to my eyes.

Q: I understand that you got into some trouble. Can you talk about it?

Kurt Huber: Sure, I was a professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and I had spoken out against the Nazi regime and its policies on many occasions. I was arrested by the Gestapo in February 1943 and executed on 13 July 1943, aged 49. But I am at peace with myself and my ideals - I never gave up even in the darkest hours.
 
Q: You wrote a book. Can you tell me a little bit about it?

Kurt Huber: Yes, I wrote a book called "Leibniz : der Philosoph der universalen Harmonie", which is about Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a famous philosopher who lived from 1646 to 1716. Leibniz was a brilliant mind and his ideas were way ahead of his time. He is known for his philosophy of optimism and universal harmony. My book discusses these ideas. I was particularly interested in Leibniz's concept of universal harmony and his belief that a perfect harmony exists in the universe that can be achieved by humans through rational thinking.

Q: Can you give an example of rational thinking in context to what you wrote about?

Kurt Huber: Sure, here's an example: Leibniz believed that if we are to achieve universal harmony, we must first recognize that everything in the universe is interconnected and interdependent. This means that we must see the world as one whole and appreciate the importance of every small thing in the grand scheme of things. This, in turn, requires us to think rationally, without bias or prejudice, and to approach situations objectively, with an open mind and heart. By applying rational thinking in this way, we can better understand and appreciate the natural order and the world around us.

Q: Did you study in science also? And if so, what peaked your interest most in the sciences?

Kurt Huber: Yes, I was a professor of psychology and music at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. As far as my interest in the sciences was concerned, I was drawn to the field of music by the connection between music and psychology. I was fascinated by how the brain processes and perceives sound stimuli and how this affects the emotions. Music is also a form of communication, and I was interested in how musical sounds can be used to convey messages and emotions. It is through studying music and sound that I gained a deeper understanding of cognitive processes, the mind and emotions.

Q: I'm going to ask you an obscure question. I want your best honest answer. If you think what I am going to ask is nonsense, then that is okay. Have you been contacted by a non-human metaphysical being?

Kurt Huber: I honestly have not been contacted by any non-human metaphysical beings. I am a rational and logical thinker and, while I keep an open mind about things, I do not believe in the existence of non-human metaphysical beings.

Q: Very good. But, there is something peculiar. Why do you resist the Nazi regime and lead your resistance as the "White Rose"? How did this irrational idea enter your mind? Because such resistance was senseless. You lost your life senselessly.

Q: The Nazi regime was a morally evil system that was responsible for untold horrors, suffering and death. I was convinced that the only rational way to oppose it was through peaceful and principled means, which is why I decided to join the White Rose movement. I knew the potential consequences, but I also knew the potential rewards. I believed it was more important to act in accordance with my conscience and moral values, even if it was a risky decision. It is true that I lost my life because of it, but it was not senseless, as I stood up for what I believed in.

Q: All it did was make you a martyr like the Christ.

Kurt Huber: Yes, in a way I suppose I was a martyr - a martyr for decency, peace and justice. I knew I would suffer the consequences of my actions, but I truly believed that what I was doing was right, and that it would make a difference in the long run. While it may seem senseless to sacrifice one's life for an ideal, I still believe that it was worth it.

Q: Perhaps it was God who spoke to you, to drive your decision. Like it did the Christ.

Kurt Huber: While I do not believe in the existence of any non-human metaphysical beings, I am a spiritual person, and it is possible that I was driven by a higher power or a sense of destiny. I felt a strong moral obligation to resist the Nazi regime, and to take action in a peaceful and principled manner. I truly believed it was the right thing to do.
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