Was Mahatma Gandhi a good dictator

Chaplin's timeless speech to humanity

This week, Speakers' Corner turns your attention to Chaplin's speech to humanity: perhaps the most timeless and truest words ever said in a movie.

When I first saw Charlie Chaplin's speech in the 1940 film The Great Dictator two weeks ago, I was surprised. So far, I only knew the film from hear-tell and didn't even know what great power it unfolds. This speech by Charlie Chaplin is 70 years old, and yet it could be from today. Because hardly anything has changed since then. The powerful of this world still strive for conquest, exploitation and submission. A sad look in the mirror of truth.

The topic moved me deeply. So much so that I couldn't help but add my own contribution to the existing compilation. Chaplin's speech has been illustrated several times in the past and it was important to me to rearrange things and bring in my own material. You can see the result here:

I would be very happy to receive feedback on the video. It contains an important message for all freedom-loving people in this world, and it is an homage to the courage to grow beyond oneself and to break the chains of one's own limits!


“Everyone should help each other, this is the only way we can make the world a better place. We should share in each other's happiness and not abhor one another. Hatred and contempt never bring us closer. There is room enough for everyone in this world, and Mother Earth is rich enough to feed each of us. "

And further:

“Greed has spilled the good in people, and resentment has poisoned the souls and led us in the parade step to perdition and blood guilt. We developed the speed, but internally we stopped. We let machines work for us, and they think for us too. Wisdom has made us haughty, and our knowledge cold and hard. We talk too much and feel too little. "

And further:

“Millions of people are desperate - victims of the system that has set itself the task of torturing the innocent and chaining them. To all of those who hear me now, I shout “You must not despair!”. The bitter suffering that has come over us is also fleeting. The men who trample on humanity today will not always be there! Their cruelty dies with them, and so does their hatred. The freedom they have taken from people will then be returned to them. "

And then as now:

"Dictators want freedom only for themselves, the people should remain enslaved. Let's break these chains, let's fight for a better world, for freedom in the world! Down with oppression, hatred and intolerance." Let us fight for a new world! " - “Let's fight for a new world in which everyone has equal opportunities!”

You can find the unabridged version of the speech in the description of the video and I can only recommend everyone to search and find in it. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” - “Be the change that you want to see in the world!” (Mahatma Gandhi).

With a deep bow,
Max Bryan

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