We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I read The Trial in college, along with some of Hesse's works like Steppenwolf. To my young and untrained mind, the mysticism, irrationalism, and nihilism embodied in those books had a certain attraction. I know now that the philosophy embodied in those novels was the precursor or, more accurately, the enabler of National Socialism.
"They were just pushing their creative boundaries.". So was HItler. May I suggest you read The Ominous Parallels by Leonard Peikoff? His book proposed - and I agree - that the root cause of National Socialism was philosophy:
The root cause of Naziism lies in a power that most people ignore, disparage – and underestimate. The cause is not the events hailed or cursed in headlines and street rallies, but the esoteric writings of the professors who, decades or centuries earlier, laid the foundation for those events. The symbol of the cause is not the munitions plants or union halls or bank vaults of Germany, but its ivory towers. What came out of the towers in this regard is only coils of obscure, virtually indecipherable jargon. But that jargon is fatal.
(Wagner - Hitler's favorite composer - would have been a better choice than Beethoven)