let us all unite

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

i should like to help everyone–
if possible

black man,

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
feel too little.

more than machinery

we need humanity.

more than cleverness

we need kindness

without these qualities,
life will be violent and all will be lost.

the airplane and the radio have brought us closer together.
the very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men,
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,
and little children-
victims of a system that makes men
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,
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 the love of humanity in your hearts!

you don’t hate!

only the unloved hate-
the unloved
the unnatural!

>> soldiers:

don’t fight for slavery!

fight for liberty!

in the 17th chapter of st. luke it is written:

“the kingdom of god is within man”

not one man nor a group of men,
but in all men!
in you!

the people

have the power:

the power to create machines.
the power to create happiness!

the people
have the power:

to make this life free

and beautiful,

to make this life a wonderful adventure.

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 that 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
will lead to all men’s happiness.

>> soldiers:

in the name of democracy,

let us all unite!


:: the great dictator
charlie chaplin

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