This is no documentary about Nazis or Hitler’s 2nd in command Hermann Goering in particular, but it’s a story about the origins of pleasure and how we experience it differently.
The day Hermann Goering discovered evil through a painting
Paul Bloom gives in this TED talk the example of a famous painting by the Dutch artis Vermeer which Goering buys for what would now be around 10 Million Dollars and becomes his favorite painting. After WW2 when he sits in Jail he discovered, that his Vermeer was nothing but a forgery. According to his biographer
“he looked as if for the first time he had discovered there was evil in the world“
So the history or story behind an object is a major part of what gives us pleasure or makes something “valuable” for us. This is the same for expensive wine, music by a popular musician or a shoe that has once been thrown at G. W. Bush at a press conference.
The origins of pleasure
Paul Bloom at TED Talks