Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Great Dictator 아 ... 채플린!

In the midst of brutality in Syria; and of racketeering of the criminal global financial elite; and of smell of gunpowder toward WWIII, I recall the great speech of The Great Dictator, a comedy film directed and produced by Charlie Chaplin.
The film and the speech was released and addressed in 1940, more than 70 years ago, but still finds an echo in my heart! How about yours? We, all and each, are and should be the Great Dictators in our lives and in this world!

1940년에 제작 상영된 찰리 채플린의 희극 <독재자>의 마지막 연설 장면입니다. 70년이라는 시간이 흘렀음에도 여전히 현재형으로 와 닿는 위대한 연설이자 선언문입니다.
천부적 권리와 권력을 그 어느 누구에게도 위임하거나 양도하지 않은, 우리 개개인 각자가 이 세상의 위대한 독재자가 되는 그날을 꿈꾸며!

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.
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 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 fulfill their 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, 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!
Hanna, can you hear me? Wherever your are, look up, Hanna! 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 kindlier new world where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality.
 Look up, Hanna! 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, Hanna. Look up!

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