Let us fight for a new world, a decent world

Het langste fragment uit Atlas Radio van de Brits-Ethiopische kunstenaar Theo Eshetu is afkomstig uit de speelfilm The great dictator van Charlie Chaplin.

Deze film ging op 15 oktober 1940 in New York in première. Maanden nadat in Europa Hitler zijn buurlanden was binnengevallen. En ruim een jaar voordat de Verenigde Staten - na de Japanse aanval op Pearl Harbor - haar neutrale positie opgaf en zich actief met de oorlog ging bemoeien.

In The great dictator speelt Charlie Chaplin een joodse kapper, die als twee druppels water lijkt op dictator Adenoid Hynkel van Tomania en uit het concentratiekamp weet te ontsnappen.

Aan het eind van de film spreekt Chaplin als dictator (als een Hitler) zijn volk toe. Dat lange fragment is helemaal opgenomen in Atlas Fragmented Radio.

Chaplin draait echter 'de normale wereld' om. Als dictator pleit hij voor tolerantie, mededogen.
Hij wil dat zijn soldaten niet luisteren naar ophitsers, maar strijden voor een decent world.
Komisch, als het niet wrang zou zijn.
En verrassend actueel. Er is niet veel veranderd.

Atlas Radio 37:29-40:50

Charlie Chaplin - Final Speech from The Great Dictator (totale duur 4:03)

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 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 good 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 liberty will never perish . . .

Soldiers: don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think or what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you 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.
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.
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!
Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth the future and old age a security.
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie.
They do not fulfill that promise, they never will.
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.
Now let us fight to fulfill that promise.
Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to 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!

Opmerking over de muziek
Op Youtube staan verschillende versies van deze toespraak. Theo Eshetu heeft gekozen voor de versie waaronder door iemand muziek is gezet uit de speelfilm Inception (van Christopher Nolan). Gecomponeerd door Hans Zimmer.

Dit instrumentale nummer begint in Atlas Radio op 36:48 en duurt door tot 41:20.

(donderdag 17 augustus 2017) thanks Corina Maduro
Hans van Duijnhoven

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