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  • Sometimes there are benefits to staying up late at night and watching TV. While these benefits may vary and are contestable ("shake weight" anybody?), you sometimes come across things that you never thought you would see which inspire you. Charlie Chaplin's Great dictator is one of these hidden gems, and his ending monologue is very moving. Here's the excerpt from the monologue that affected me the most:

    "We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others' happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge as made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these things cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say "Do not despair." The misery that has come upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish."

    Sir Charles Chaplin

    What's funny is that most of what he is talking about 60 years ago is still applicable now. This monologue may have more meaning in our current day than it did back then.

    Till we wake up from this nightmare, we'll just let it burn.


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