Is Humanity worth believing in?
It is a question that has left me without rest, and it is a question that has evolved my perceptive of the world and our species. I have asked myself this so frequently that there is no way of counting the pain or awe it brings me. Sometimes I can see it in others, this question of faith in something that history has proven again and again that we are not.
Yet to me the answer had manifested long ago, in the form of tears and words I could not understand, on a screen in a distant memory, in black and white I heard the speech that would forever change me.
I found out his name later in life was Charlie Chaplin, and his speech in The Great Dictator ignited something within me which has continued burn to this day.
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.
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.
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.
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.*
We have as many good quality’s to our nature as we do bad, we are complicated complex organisms that struggle to understand ourselves and as much as others.
However, I believe with unshakable conviction that that it is through our deeply flawed selves that we can become more. That the pain we inflict on each other and our world will teach us, will mend us, will give us hope in ourselves. It is evident in history, that the times when the world was most against itself that our greatest accomplishments were achieved.
I have Faith in us, I have Faith in Humanity.
It is something I can confess without doubt, to others it seems like a burden, a blind belief to criticize and antagonize.
Yet….if it is a burden then I bear it Gladly.
A single person, a small act, can kindle change in us all.