How did you celebrate the Fourth of July?

How did you celebrate the Fourth of July?

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

That’s what has been on my mind today. This question. How shall I celebrate a Fourth of July?

I searched my heart for an answer. Across the minutes and the hours that pressed me on to tomorrow with ruthless and yet careless indignence.

Then it came to me. I must celebrate this day by sharing the spirit of the hope that struck out against tyranny and greed and yet fuels the hope of all – everywhere. Therefore, I give you (again) Sir Charles Chaplin’s Final Speech of the Great Dictator.

God bless America. God bless us all. Everyone.

Stan Faryna
04 July 2012
Bucharest, Romania

The Final Speech of the Great Dictator

by Charlie Chaplin

Below is the text of The Final Speech of the Great Dictator, delivered by the character, the Jewish Barber, in Chaplin’s 1940 film, The Great Dictator. The Jewish Barber was played by Sir Charles Chaplin.

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 men, white…

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ 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 man; 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 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 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 a 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 seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s 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 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! 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!

5 Responses to How did you celebrate the Fourth of July?

  1. dadblunders says:

    Chaplin give a truly great message in this film. I know it is the first film that he actually spoke in making it all the more meaningful. I had to watch this film when I was in college and have always been moved by this speech. “Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!” has always reminded me that there is power in numbers and as a society we can fight together and win against injustice.

  2. Betsy Cross says:

    It takes each person, one at a time, standing for truth and peace in their own homes. Then it spreads outward from there. There is no other way.
    Peace can’t be imposed, just lived. And there’s always a sacrifice.
    Tolerance, justice, love…it grows one person at a time, and sometimes it requires a battle. But that battle always starts and ends in the soul of the individual.

  3. billdorman says:

    Good words to live by; when one race or religion thinks they are superior or chosen, then that’s when the problems start. Once you create the haves and have nots, you will have conflict.

    Can’t we all just get along?

  4. Stan, you are a true inspiration! I just relaxed and watched fireworks. #Iamnotworthy

  5. Stan Faryna says:

    It seems all my replies were lost. Hmm. Ok, I’ll come back and re-reply. Soon.

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