Archive for July, 2011

I just found this video tonight.  I’ve heard this particular speech but this video adds the soundtrack from Inception to make it even more epic…

Below are the words for those who like to follow along…

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 man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. 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. In this world there is room for everyone and the 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 aeroplane 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, 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 [now] 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 as cattle, 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. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers: don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint 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.

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s 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 you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, 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!

. . .

Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting, the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.

The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow, into the light of hope, into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up.


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I’ve been alone for the majority of today sitting, thinking, and reflecting on a few things. This one moment in particular sticks out to me. I won’t describe it in great detail because it involves people. (I have to be extra careful these days).

The moment I was thinking about led me to a point that I have missed so many times in my life. We often take the route or path that is critical of another person without understanding what that person may need or what that person’s situation may be. I saw this first hand. A person shared there frustrations about another person but it was only the negative things. That person made no effort to fix the things that were going wrong. How is the person who is doing the wrong thing going to know what the proper way to do things is when they dont know what is going on.

Im imploring you to look at a situation with an open mind of approachability. There are unique moments to teach and if you shut others off from those moments what do you think will happen to you?

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I love America but…

I have to say that the United States of America is a wonderful nation that was founded on truly great ideals of freedom and equality for all. Yet, I’d like to take a moment to argue one point: America’s birthday. Everyone will tell you July 4, 1776, and that is a marvelous date. Jefferson’s words reverberate in the mind of every American. The following are a few examples of better birthdays for America.

The Continental Congress voted for independence two days BEFORE the final draft of Declaration was ready. (July 2, 1776)

General Cornwallis officially surrenders at Yorktown. (October 19, 1781)

Lastly, if I may, submit to you the date, December 6, 1865. That is the date when the 13th Amendment was adopted. This truly marks the birthday of a nation because it finally officially stated that all of it’s citizens were free from slavery.

My United States of America is 89 years younger than yours because I believe that a nation founded with the institution of slavery is not a nation until it rectifies that problem.

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