My thoughts on the world around me

A Speech for Then and Now

Over the past few days, I have blogged on matters that have troubled me deeply: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the United States’ response in the Middle East, and the rampant corruption within our own political structure.

In moments like this, I turn to art. Somehow, art has a revitalizing, redeeming quality. It reminds me that there is goodness in the world, or that, at the very least, there is hope for it. It inspires me to participate; to lend a hand to those who need it, to smile at those who have seen darker days than I.

Here is Charlie Chaplin’s speech at the end of “The Great Dictator.” Though this is a film from 1940, it is as timely now as it was then.

“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.”


January 6, 2009 - Posted by | Art, Film, Foreign Policy, Politics, Protests | , , , , , , ,


  1. Timely selection for sure, as history repeat itself –excellent! Art also allow us to dream of a deserved and unquestionable happiness, a less abstract human expression.

    Comment by GR | January 6, 2009 | Reply

  2. Tu alma es como un caleidoscopio.
    Nunca dejes de sonar(~), ni de hacer poesias.
    Sigue teniendo el balance que tienes y siempre acordandote de tu alma.
    El mundo espera por ti!!!!!

    Comment by amc | January 6, 2009 | Reply

  3. “Reject messianic expectations or you will be a miserable fisherman” –last night fortune cookie

    Comment by GR | January 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. uh hello? please go check my blogroll now!

    Comment by Christina | January 6, 2009 | Reply

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