A Powerful Speech

I abhor war and all that it stands for.  Merciless killing in the name of power, religion, territory, or the age old “I want what you have”.

Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator” performs a speech that makes sense, even more so now that there has been further loss of life around the planet, all in the name of religion.

This is the speech.

 

Transcribed

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 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 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, 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 and 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! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then – 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 fulfil that 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 – to 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!

Spotify and the A.I. question

I love Spotify, but find it a fucking nightmare at times too. My reasons are plenty and few at the same time. There is music on there that I love and have on vinyl, and as I cannot be arsed setting up my extremely expensive music system that cost me £1,499 and is amazing, but hitting play on my iMac is easier, and I am not tempted to play at full blast (my external iMac speakers are loud anyway) as it will shake my Victorian house to the ground. However, I keep finding bands that I really like, then switch screens to Amazon and order the CD as I feed I “need” them, but I can just put them in my playlist and press play on Spotify.

The other thing I question is their “Discover Weekly” section that gives the impression that their AI works and knows what you are into, so today I thought I would see what was in there. Imagine my disappointment that they think I would like “Sinne missa aamu sarastaa” by Mokoma, and then the next track was something by Guy Garvey, I could have thrown my iMac out the window in all honesty. I cannot abhor Guy Bloody Garvey. I love other Manchester music, but he makes me want to pull out my own ear drums and feed them to the dogs.

Other suggestions on this week’s “discover” were really good, not that they were a discovery as I know their music and play it all the time. The likes of System of a Down, Imelda May, Type O Negative, and Godsmack to name but a few were right up/down my alleyway and get thumbs up.

Other things that annoy the tits off me is that you can have your mobile save the music for “offline” play, but, I find that you have to bugger about with the sync option, the phone has to be on the same network and Spotify open to work. The adverts seem to be overkill at times, and other times not heard for hours.

Fingers crossed that their “Discover Weekly” starts taking a little notice of what I actually listen to and give me something worthy of the word “Discover”

Terrorist Attacks

Again France is dealing with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 13th November 2015.  It is shocking that these things go on, and for all their closed doors, France still managed to get attacked.

The mass media covered it fully, with footage showing on all news channels and across social media.  However, there was little or no coverage of the people killed in attacks Beirut.  These people matter just as much as the people of Paris, so why is there no mention of their deaths.  Ali Awad was just 14, and one of the first victims, he along with 39 others and the three bombers died, but this is ignored.  Today the New York Times published an article, but it seems a little to late.

It is a sad week for humanity.

Hospital Visit

So I went to the hospital to see the physiotherapist and whilst there I told her that I had been suffering for about 8 months.  She asked if my GP had sent me for an x-ray, which she hadn’t.  The physio decided that I needed an x-ray, but rather than send me next door to the radiology department, she decided that I had to get my GP to refer me (again) to the hospital and then get the x-ray.  She said that it would be faster, however, after speaking to my surgery, they said about 6 weeks.  I have fractures that have been bothering me since Feb/March, and still have to wait.  The NHS is totally up the wall, and it would seem that no one knows what they are doing.

Do Schools Kill Creativity

Ken, or should I say, Sir Ken Robinson in this TED talk answers the aforementioned question. This is one of my favorite talks, so to share my enthusiasm, please watch and listen.

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