As another year comes to a close, and the time for resolutions comes around, I thought of something which stayed with me from a movie I watched a while ago.
Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator – is both an amusing and a thought provoking movie. The caricature of Hitler in the form of the Romanian dictator and the Jewish barber who is so similar to him, that the Dictator’s own soldiers mix up the two of them. The comedy in the movie highlights the absurdity of Hitler or in this case Henkel’s rise to power culminating in one very powerful speech where the barber impersonates the dictator, to denounce him in front of his people.
With that thought I leave you with some words from Charlie Chaplin’s speech in the Great Dictator.
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;
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.
You are not machines, you are not cattle.
You have the love of humanity in your hearts.
In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.
We don’t want to hate and despise one another.
We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.
You have the power; the power to create machines; the power to create happiness.
You have the power to make life free and beautiful.
To make this life a wonderful adventure.
A beautiful resolution for 2015 – Make life a wonderful adventure, in your own way.
Have a happy and safe 2015!