Triumph. Sounds sweet coming off the tongue, but what does it really mean? Does it mean once we find victory that everything will be smooth sailing? That all our problems will be fixed? No, unfortunately it does not. Heinrich Mann spoke of power by saying, “Triumph exposes much ugliness” (Mann 39). I think he means that when people come into power, it influences their perceptions of other people. The more powerful someone is, the less so everyone else seems to be. I think this creates a sort of bubble that the powerful become trapped in. They begin to think of themselves as high and mighty, driven mad with power, almost invincible. Their actions can portray this false sense of self, and they may become more drastic because of this “invincibility”. Mann talks of Germany and says, “…how greatly we had lost ourselves in the enduring flow of our earlier victories, and that only now on this journey through dust and our first eclipse, we have the hope of coming to terms with ourselves once again” (Mann 39). I think this was the main message he was trying to convey. He was trying to explain that through power and triumph, people lose themselves. Through defeat, Germany is now able to step back and reflect and come back down to reality from their “power throne” so to say. Mann explains that Germany should attempt to find the moral earnestness that France had once found due to defeat. Considering they need to find it, implies that they never had it while they were in power. Throughout this piece Mann was speaking to the Political Council of Intellectual Workers, Munich. The political regime that he was proposing was essentially democracy. He was urging his fellow Germans to be upright and to feel righteous. He was speaking to both the socialists and the bourgeois and urging them to think righteously. He speaks of their republic being supported by republicans, who are seen “neither as bourgeois nor socialists (Mann 40). The political divides must come together in order to create a safe and stable future for Germany is what Mann is trying to explain. In “The Constitution of the German Republic” the articles that were declared represented change. This was a time when Germany was more democratic than it had ever been, and they were only able to become this way after having suffered defeat. An example of democratic change is from “Section 2: The Reichstag, Article 22: The delegates are elected by universal, equal, direct, and secret suffrage by men and women over twenty years of age, according to the principle of proportional representation. Election day must be a Sunday or a public holiday” (Leipzig, 1930). This is just one example of the many democratic changes that were initiated under the German Constitution. I think the main objective of Mann’s speech was to portray to the Germans that they need to learn from their, and others mistakes. They need to come together as a nation to construct social reform for a better future.