Quote of the day:
“You, the people have the power—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.” – Charlie Chaplin
With the world in so much turmoil, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the almost-daily bad news of terrorism, disasters, violence, war, and human suffering. I sometimes feel my efforts are like a drop of water in a vast ocean of what needs to be done to truly help the world and make any difference at all.
In the stirring speech by Charlie Chaplin’s character in his movie “The Great Dictator,” he said,
“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness—not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. 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.
“You, the people have the power—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.”
The above-mentioned movie was produced in 1940. The message was true then, but how much more can we relate to this challenge today! I believe spreading peace on earth can work in much the same way. Changing the way you see others, being kind to those who cross your path, doing kind deeds when opportunities present themselves without expecting something in return. Sometimes it just takes a kind word or a helping hand when most needed, t to show us what a beautiful world this can be.