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Years ago, I was visiting a young woman in the hospital who was only twenty- three years old and had two small children at home. As I held her hand and tried to think of something to say that might comfort her, she cried, “I would give anything just to go home and change a messy diaper!”

First thing First, Stephen R. Covey

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The Hate of Men will Pass and Dictators Die

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 . . .

With all the calamity that is happening in Syria and other countries in the Arab world one has to have hope for a better future. As much sorry I feel for those who sacrificed their lives for the rest of us to restore our dignity and have a decent life I know they died for a great cause. I believe their souls smiled once they left their bodies but I would like to think also that their souls will laugh once again when they see the fruits of their sacrifice. There is nothing more brave than standing with bare hands in front of the oppressor demanding liberty.

The quote above is an excerpt from Charlie Chaplin’s speech in his 1940 film ‘The Great Dictator‘ which he wrote, produced, directed and starred as the lead. I know Chaplin as a funny comedian but I didn’t know he can write such a beautiful and brilliant speech. I don’t know how I never heard of this speech, it is one of the best. Here is an edited clip of his speech and below is the transcript:

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 man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other’s 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 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 men, 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 [now] 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 as cattle, 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 the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate, only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers: don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written:
“The kingdom of God is within man”
Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men; in you, the people.

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make 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 that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, 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!

transcript from http://luis.impa.br/chaplin.html

Your friend today might be your enemy tomorrow

Couple of years ago I watched a BBC documentary about the War in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, I forgot the name of the film but below is an interesting clip from this documentary:

If you are old enough you should know about the friendship between the Mujahedeen fighters in Afghanistan and the USA during Afghanistan-USSR war. The movie Charlie Wilson’s War is a good depiction of that era.

If Ronald Reagan’s love relationship and his dedication to the people of Afghanistan didn’t shock you this will:

I Googled the quote to check if he really said that or not but I didn’t find any site that says he didn’t. Now, this is too big because Muslims hater like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and radio hosts alike always swear by America’s founding fathers. They always praise the founding fathers moral, honesty and their decency. It is ironic how we can easily find too many things that we hate about our friend once we no longer friends.

Pleasure, Pain and Loneliness

First, there is this captivating quote that I heard yesterday while watching a movie.

Pleasure helps you  forget.

But pain forces you to hope. You tell yourself “this can’t last.”

Russell Crowe in Tenderness

 

None of the words in the above quote is new to us. But it amazes me how some people can arrange random words into statements and get something that beautiful and meaningful.

Then, there is this amazing poem about loneliness. A lesson on how to enjoy loneliness instead of whining about it.

 

 

How To Be Alone by Tanya Davis:

If you are at first lonely, be patient.

If you’ve not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren’t okay with it, then just wait. You’ll find its fine to be alone once you’re embracing it.

We can start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library, where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there. Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books, you’re not supposed to talk much anyway so its safe there.

There is also the gym, if your shy, you can hang out with yourself and mirrors, you can put headphones in.

Then there’s public transportation, because we all gotta go places.

And there’s prayer and mediation, no one will think less if your hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.

Start simple. Things you may have previously avoided based on your avoid being alone principles.

The lunch counter, where you will be surrounded by “chow downers”, employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town, and they, like you, will be alone.

Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone.

When you are comfortable with “eat lunch and run”, take yourself out for dinner; a restaurant with linen and silver wear. You’re no less an intriguing a person when you are eating solo desert and cleaning the whip cream from the dish with your finger. In fact, some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.

Go to the movies. Where it’s dark and soothing, alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community.

And then take yourself out dancing, to a club where no one knows you, stand on the outside of the floor until the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you. Dance like no ones watching because they’re probably not. And if they are, assume it is with best human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats, is after-all, gorgeous and affecting. Dance until you’re sweating. And beads of perspiration remind you of life’s best things. Down your back, like a book of blessings.
Go to the woods alone, and the trees and squirrels will watch for you. Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets, they are always statues to talk to, and benches made for sitting gives strangers a shared existence if only for a minute, and these moments can be so uplifting and the conversation you get in by sitting alone on benches, might of never happened had you not been there by yourself.

Society is afraid of alone though. Like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements. Like people must have problems if after awhile nobody is dating them.

But lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless, and lonely is healing if you make it.

You can stand swaffed by groups and mobs or hands with your partner, look both further and farther in the endless quest for company.

But no one is in your head. And by the time you translate your thoughts an essence of them maybe lost or perhaps it is just kept. Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from pre-school over to high school groaning, we’re tokens for holding the lonely at bay.

Cause if you’re happy in your head, then solitude is blessed, and alone is okay.

It’s okay if no one believes like you, all experiences unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you, for this be relived, keeps things interesting, life’s magic brings much, and it doesn’t mean you aren’t connected, and the community is not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it.

Take silence and respect it.

If you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it, if your family doesn’t get you or a religious sect is not meant for you, don’t obsess about it.

You could be in an instant surrounded if you need it.

If your heart is bleeding, make the best of it.

There is heat in freezing, be a testament.

Molière (2007)

Jourdain Elmire: Come now, Mr. Moliere tragedy never was your strong point. Dry your tears and make me laugh for my few remaining hours.

Moliere: I’m afraid the situation is no laughing matter.

Jourdain Elmire: You’re wrong. Unhappiness has comic aspects one should never underestimate.

Moliere: How could I joke about that which makes me weep? This type of comedy does not exist.

Jourdain Elmire: Well then invent it.

A dream called success

Everyone yearns for success in his life, study, work, social life, etc. Whatever that success is for it is everyone’s dream. Success means recognition from others and recognition from others means happiness and that is why everyone is looking for success because they hope for happiness.

You work hard and then you work harder because you yearn for this success. The harder you work the more eager and more aggressive you are for this success. But how sure you are about your judgment during this process? Do you mind people judging you because of the way you are during the process of seeking success? Do you mind being lonely? Do you mind facing failure after failure because you know deep inside that one day you will make it, that one day you will forget all these miserable lonely days when you are at the top of the mountain. When the ecstasy strikes and does its magic. It is at this point in life that you feel you are the happiest person on earth.

How do you feel in the first day of the job? What will you do with your first salary? How will you react when your boss or adviser tells you that you have done a great job? It is always about recognition from others. We live for that recognition; we do whatever we can do for that thing called appreciation. The more people recognize and appreciate our work the better we feel. We work hard to establish this wide-base of recognition. The more recognition we have the higher we go up.

But, when you are at the top reach for the others and remember what Al Pacino said in The Devil’s Advocate movie “Vanity, definitely my favorite sin.”

Here is something really funny for those who are in the grad school. I call it “life before the long awaited success!”

How life looks like before the long awaited success.

Common sense is not a common sense

I heard this from a friend “Common sense is not a common sense.” It doesn’t matter from where he heard it or read it, it made my life easier. People don’t react to the same action the same way everyone else does. For example, you expect people to be quite in libraries and movie theaters. You may even go beyond this by believing that it is common sense for people to be quite in these places. Yet, you still see and hear people answering their phones in libraries and movie theaters.

As a graduate teaching assistant I hold weekly office hours. Some of the assignments the instructor gives to the students are due in two or three weeks. When a student comes in the last week of the homework submission I expect the student to at least have started with the project or read the material related from the text book. Yet, because common sense is not a common sense some students wants to finish three weeks worth of work in one office hour.

Another thing I heard is from a program I watched on the TV. “It is not what you know it is what you can prove.” Unlike many societies outside the US were the higher authority has the final word, here in the US he needs to prove what he knows. For example, a teacher can’t claim that his student cheated without a proof. In many other places it is the teacher’s word against the student’s word.