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A Message to Humanity: Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech, Remixed

From the same remix artist who brought us yesterday’s Alan Watts meditation on the meaningful life comes “A Message for all of Humanity”

A mash up of Charlie Chaplin’s famous speech from The Great Dictator and scenes of humanity’s most tragic and most hopeful moments in recent history, spanning everything from space exploration to the Occupy protests, with an appropriately epic score by Hans Zimmer.

 posted this Nov. 30, 2013

“We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.”

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; Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another.

Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s 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 aero-plane 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 and 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!

On Religion: Omar Khayyam (1048 -1131), Abul Ala2 Al Ma3ari ( 937-1058), Ibn Sina2
I thought that I wrote the definitive position on religion. This position was stated succinctly and clearly 10 centuries ago, and by Moslems scholars.
Omar Khayyam (1048 -1131), one of the greatest mathematicians, astronomers, and poets of Iran
Omar Khayyam (1048 -1131), one of the greatest mathematicians, astronomers, and poets of Iran
“Do not suppose the statements of the prophets to be true; they are all fabrications.
Men lived comfortably till they came and spoiled life.
The sacred books are only such a set of idle tales
As any age could have and indeed did actually produce”.
Abul Ala2 Al Ma3ari ( 937-1058)
‎彡غرباء في المنفى 彡‎'s photo.
Ibn Sina2: “We are plagued by a community of people who believe that God never guided anyone else”
The famous physician who wrote the medical book Al Kanoun and was taught in Europe during the Renaissance period and centuries later.
Machiavelli wrote in The Prince:
“Religion is necessary to government.
Not to insure morals, but to control the people…”
‎العقل دين‎'s photo.

My 6 nieces and nephews graduated from: Story of St. Joseph High School (Kornet Chehwan, Lebanon)

In 2002/2003 St. Joseph High School (SJS) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its re-foundation in 1963 as a trilingual school. Was it a story of great success?

My 6 nieces and nephews who graduated are doing fine and 5 of them finished university, and one is pursuing a PhD in London. 

As you must know, Lebanon officially recognizes 18 religious sects (kind of self-autonomous social organizations with independent financial and economic networks).  Each of these religious sects (Christians Moslems, Druze… Not including Jehovah Witnesses or Scientology) have their own “private schools” and private universities.

The same goes with billionaires (old and new money):

1. First, they buy a political position (a seat in the Parliament or minister in the government in order to secure immunity from prosecution), and the pieces of the puzzle fall nicely in place.

2. Second,  they purchase one of the old bank licenses in order to “whiten” the money

3. Third, the own a university that graduates thousands of students. As this private university expands to include medical field, the billionaire purchase a hospital.

4. This billionaire politician grab one of the multitude of institutionalized “Black Boxes”, like funds for displaced refugees, emergency disaster reconstruction, reconstruction of south Lebanon, waste collection, bottled water, waste treatment facilities, importing gasoline and fuel, distributing gasoline and fuel…

5. They establish private “charitable association” and health insurance businesses…

6. They open up a Mall

7. They purchase shares in supermarket chains…

The filthy rich few Lebanese:

This is what I read from SJS achievement:

1. St. Joseph High School, through constant growth and development, became one of the major catholic schools in Lebanon, owned by the Maronite clergy
2. Its quality education that made its alumni well appreciated and respected in the most prestigious universities around the world,…
3. Its personalized and spiritual touch that produced highly positive and entrepreneur members of society and in church,…
4. Its educational trilingual system (Arabic, English and French), which was followed by a number of schools and proved itself to be pioneering in today’s globalization and world unification,…

This great success story was due to the vision of late bishop Elias Farah who took the initiative to re-found St. Joseph School and did not allow any pressure or opposition to slow or cause the failure of the project.

Bishop Farah had set the tradition of sending priests of the Diocese to prepare their PhD. in the U.S.A. and return to be rectors at S.J.S.: Bishop Roland Abou Jaoudeh, Bishop Paul Sayyah, Bishop Camille Zaidan, Fr. Simon Faddoul, Msgr. Richard Abou Moussa

He sought the help of the Jesus and Mary Sisters, of the Marianists and the Marists brothers whose input in the first years of the school was a major factor in SJS’s success. A special tribute should be given to the Sisters of J.M. who spent the longest period and left a profound mark on our school.

With the succession of Bishop Youssef Bechara to Bishop Farah, in May 1986, S.J.S. enjoyed the remarkable leadership of an educationist who had the charisma of helping the school to grow and develop even during the darkest days of the war.

But this recent success story should not make us forget a first one.

The old building (the offices of the Rector and central administration…) is an eloquent witness of the glorious past.

By opening its doors to students in September 1884, Saint Joseph Lebanese School in Cornet Chahwan was about to start a new glorious era.

Some documents mention the existence of a previous school, but the new school, thanks to the vision and determination of Bishop Youssef Geagea and his successor Bishop Youssef Zoghbi, did make a difference.

By its prestigious building, by its multilingual program, by the selection of its teachers, by its wide and strong relations with other centers of learning, the new school gave the Lebanese society philosophers, writers and statesmen, and the Maronite Church a highly educated clergy.

Rich by the legacy of its past, full of life and dynamism in its daily operation, looking towards the future with hope, confidence and determination. (End of success story)

I recall priest Simon Faddoul who had a great voice and build a new theater where my nieces and nephews participated during Christmas time and at the end of year in very professional shows.

Note: The modern private and expensive schools in Lebanon are a far cry from the Little Schools of the first half of the 20th century





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