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Greatest Speech on Humanity Ever – Charlie Chaplin 1940

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This video is taken from the movie The Great Dictator (1940) with the music “Time” composed by Hans Zimmer from the “Inception” Motion Picture Soundtrack (2010).

Charlie Chaplin talks about the nature of humankind. We as humans want to help each other; it is in our nature. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. He goes on to say there is room for everyone in this world and the world is rich. There is abundance and more than enough for everyone. Life can be free and beautiful for every single person.

He then changes direction to talk about what is wrong. How we have fallen backwards and become more machine-like than human.

Here is an amazing excerpt from it his speech.

“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 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 to 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.”

 

Next he rallies the audience to take charge and fight for what is right and good. We have the power to change the world for the better. We have the power to make a difference.

“You have the love of humanity in your hearts.

You don’t hate. Only the unloved hate; the unloved and unnatural.

Soldiers don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty…

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.

And 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 man a chance to work. That will give you the future and old age and security.”

 

Lastly, he finishes strong. Giving us even more power and rallying us to fight to free the world. To do away with hate, intolerance and greed.

 

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Daily Gratitude Exercise

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Gratitude will transform you

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but also the parent of all the others.” – Cicero, Philosopher

The power of gratitude is truly magical. By practicing it every day, you will be transformed.

You will become a happier, more satisfied and giving person.

It will help humanize you. And we all want to be human, right?

People have spoken about the power of gratitude for centuries. Conscientiously being grateful for what you have and who you are allows you to focus on what is “here” already.

When you are grateful for what is “here” you build a foundation in knowing that the world is good and you are a fortunate / lucky person.

These two fundamental beliefs are your rock. Everything is built from this foundation.

The world is good and you are a fortunate / lucky person right? Of course!

When you practice the Daily Gratitude Exercise everyday you strengthen those beliefs.

The power of those beliefs will be the wind to your sail. Or the engine to your boat. Or the gas to your ride.

Your foundation is strong. Now you can focus on some of the things you want or don’t have yet.

You are free to pursue a better, happier, more fulfilled life.

Fly high, but be anchored in knowing that the world is good and you are a fortunate / lucky person.

Do the exercise below daily and it will change your life.

 

 

Daily Gratitude Exercise

 

Spend five minutes every day (the mornings work well) thinking about what you are grateful for.

Maybe you are grateful for your parents, husband, wife, or children. Maybe you are grateful because you have a job, food or a place to sleep every night. Maybe it is because you have teeth and can eat food or have a great smile. You have skin and can feel a cool breeze. It could be your health or your wealth.  Or the fact that you have two arms.

Whatever it is, spend five minutes every day thinking about what you are grateful for. Get creative. Write it down. Or tell someone at home or work what you are grateful for.

Make a note for yourself:  “5 minutes for Daily Gratitude”. Put the note in your bathroom. Do the gratitude exercise while you take a shower or brush your teeth. You could also put the note in your car and do the gratitude exercise while you are driving to work every day. Or leave a note for yourself at work.

However you decide to do it – spend 5 minutes a day practicing the power of gratitude and your life will be transformed.

Two opposite viewpoints: Pro finger for good vs. Anti finger for good

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Your actions matter

To be the finger or not to be the finger.

People look at the image above with the finger, the line of dominoes, and the words “your actions matter” and how it is associated with the concept of Revive Good and usually have two opposite viewpoints.

Pro fingers – The first group thinks: Wow – I want to be the finger and start a chain reaction for good. We must find a way to tip that first domino. How can we collectively be the finger for good? They think: this finger is what we need to further humanity. They are Pro finger.

Anti fingers – The second group thinks: Wow – someone needs to stop that finger before it does any more harm. We can not let it tip that first domino. How can we collectively stop the finger? They think: this finger will destroy and degrade humanity and we must stop it at all costs. They are Anti finger.

The reason we bring this up is because action comes in many forms. Being a force of action may really be in stopping an idea, person, or organization. Stopping the finger from taking action or continuing to take action. Or on the flip side, being a force of action may be in helping the finger or being the finger.

There is also a third, less common viewpoint. Sometimes, every once in a while, action may be in not taking action. Maybe the finger is poised to knock over the dominoes or stop the dominoes from being knocked over and the action we take is not doing anything. For instance, maybe the best course of action to take on order to promote or preserve social good is in not acting or doing anything at all.

Regardless of how you originally interpreted the image, we are all here to contribute in some way, form, or fashion. So whether your goal is to be the finger or stop the finger or you make the decision to not take any action at all, we are all contributing. In this instance Pro finger and Anti finger are on the same team and are fighting for the same cause.

What we do, don’t do, or stop others from doing matters.

Your actions matter.

Find beauty in the ugliest of days

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It's up to you to find the beauty

 

It’s up to us to look for the beauty in everything.

That is what will bring us happiness, peace, and even luck. Those who believe they are lucky are. Those who look for beauty find it. Attitude and perspective are everything in this regard.

Choose to see the beauty in your situation, in your relationships, and in your life. Wow, I am so happy. I just found a beautiful, lucky four-leaf clover during the most peaceful rain storm of the year!

Who needs you right now? How can you help someone else see the beauty? How can you help them find it?

It’s up to you to find the beauty in the ugliest of days.

Be the change you wish to see in the world

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You must be the change

This quote may be personal.

It’s about taking action and not waiting for others to fix it. It’s about not making excuses. It’s about leadership. It’s about setting the example.

It may even be about you making a change in yourself and your own actions. Being the change is not only about looking at the world from an outside perspective. It is also about being introspective and self reflective. It may be about changing something that you are doing that is harming others or society or the environment. It could be about you coming into your own self, with new profound convictions and awareness.

But more than anything else, it’s about advancing humanity. We can all make a difference, but we must first be the change we wish to see in the world.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
-Mahatma Ghandi