Charlie Chaplin’s inspiring speech
“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. It’s none of my business. I don’t want to rule or defeat anyone. I want to help everyone if possible – Jews, Gentiles – Blacks – Whites.
We all want to help each other. People are like that. We want to live on the happiness of others – not on the misery of others. We don’t want to hate and despise each other. In this world there is room for everyone and the good earth is rich and can care for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned people’s souls – barricaded the world with hatred – made us miserable and bloodshed. We have developed pace, but we have locked ourselves in. Machines that give plenty have left us in need. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our wisdom, tough and rude. We think too much and feel too little. We need humanity more than just machines. We need friendliness and gentleness more than wisdom. Without these qualities, life becomes violent and everything will be lost.
The plane and the radio brought us closer together. The nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness of man – for universal fraternity – for the unity of all of us. Even now, my voice reaches millions around the world – millions of desperate men, women, and young children – victims of a system that causes men to torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say: don’t despair. The misery that is now upon us is only the passing of greed – the bitterness of those who fear the path of human progress. People’s hatred will pass away, dictators will die, and the power they have taken from the people will return to the people. And as long as people die, freedom will never perish.
Soldiers! Don’t indulge in brutal men – men who despise and enslave you – who regiment your life – tell what you do – what you should think and feel! Who bores you – feeds you – treats you like cattle, uses you as cannon fodder. Do not surrender to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! They are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have love for humanity in your heart. You don’t hate, just the unpopular hate – the unpopular and the unnatural!
Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for freedom! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke wrote that the Kingdom of God in man is not a man or a group of men, but in all people! In them! 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’s use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world in which men can work – give young people a future and security for old age.
By promising these things, the blanks have come to power. But they are lying! You don’t live up to that promise. You will never do it! Dictators free themselves, but enslave people. Now let’s fight to keep that promise! Let’s fight to free the world – to remove national barriers – to remove greed, hatred and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason – a world in which science and progress lead to the happiness of all people. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let’s unite! ”