Monday, April 11, 2011

a plea



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.

~ Charlie Chaplin
 from the 1940 comedy film, The Great Dictator
thanks to saturn rising