A fitting un-edited recollection in the face of despair: "So long as men die, liberty will never perish."

2013-06-23 20:15

A fitting un-edited recollection in the face despair: "So long as men die, liberty will never perish."

I could have written my own piece without his contribution, but Chaplin's thunderous and persuasive oratory betrayed my courage to attempt. It offered and spoke into the very core of my heart's desires, our human desires. This is not an attempt to motivation, but the very essence of life, the very embodiment of that which is humane.

I listened to it more than enough, but the very thought of enough is enough, and stopping seemed to betray my heart's yearnings for that which is just, that which has the ability to unite us as people!

While I was listening, the notion of the familiar rhetoric of the rainbow nation graced my mind, but the very perceived lack of power to give birth to baby-rainbow seemed to betray my love for that which is desirable. Then, I remembered that the manifest of a rainbow requires the right weather conditions, the droplets of rain, perhaps, conditions that one can create in the quest for building a better nation.

The power to build does not lie elsewhere, but within our willingness to sacrifice! The question is, are we willing to transcend our differences, and selfish ambitions, and fight for unity and human rights? Or do we rather prefer to die inside the miseries of our individual greed? Are we willing to cross the bounds of the body of polity and history and reach out to the desperation and cries of the world in the face of unfulfilled Millennium Development Goals? Or do we want to continue building walls that further enrich our separateness and protect our everything, but deny ourselves the joy that comes with leading a beyond self-life and invest into the future dominated by unity?

The choice is not in their hands, but is in ours, the people. Are we willing to choose unity or prefer disunity? They can always try to ANCccc or DAaa or EFFfff or Aganggang us, but we the masses possess the power to transform the status quo!

When they say it cannot be done, I always assume they are asking us if we are willing to stand up and be counted as a first nation to do it.

If the world has not changed since the cries of the 1940s and the below speech, we have betrayed the forces of progress. However, we still have the chance to fulfill the promises of liberty. Therefore, stand up and be counted!

Below is the text of The Final Speech of the Great Dictator, delivered by the character, the Jewish Barber, in Chaplin’s 1940 film, The Great Dictator. The Jewish Barber was played by Sir Charles Chaplin.

[I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible- Jewish, Gentile, black men, white…

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 has 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 inventions 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 is now 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.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder!

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate!

Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite.

Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!

Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!

Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite"!]

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