Hope – FlicFlac



I’m sorry
I don’t wanna be an emperor, that’s not my business
I don’t wanna 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 others misery
We don’t want to hate and despise one another
And this world has room for everyone
and the good Earth is rich
And can provide for everyone
The way of life can be free and beautiful
Millions of despairing men, women and little children
Victims of a system that makes men torture
And imprison innocent people
But those who can hear me, I say, do not dispair
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.

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.

Soldiers, don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty!


I came across this song by sheer chance.  I will only make note of the apparent lyrics.  The lyrics are words borrowed from Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator.  The film is old, but it is the first and only film in which the silent comedian makes use of sound — that is, words.  The speech he delivers at the penultimate scene of The Great Dictator is one of the most interesting I have ever heard, and it captures my attention even in its integration into a song.  (I highly recommend watching the movie, but if you are not so inclined, please watch the snippet).  I am perplexed as to how his words I feel aptly capture the state of the world.  Scripted and delivered decades ago, Chaplin’s words still hones in on the heart.  It is interesting.

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