Thrive: What on Earth Will It Take

“STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING, sit down and watch this film! No REALLY, I mean it. This is one of the most IMPORTANT films I’ve seen… Thrive brings together the New Energy and Occupy movements in a coherent, well constructed synergy that EVERYONE should see NOW!” – Mark Heley, Blogger.

 

“Love should rule the World”

To celebrate peace here are 11 blissful inspirations praying that cases like the Boston explosions or the plot to attack in Toronto come to an end. The first ten were posted and chosen by the team at care2:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-best-peace-songs.html

The last is one of most touching songs that i recall from my childhood. I felt heartbroken every time i would listen to Nadim. I present you all with this relic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VCwBzGdPM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VILqFtrzBxA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZeKT0UctOQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d8C4AIFgUg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlXeLgfBaT4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cTGdJz9-uA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWbNdczXdig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHEOF_rcND8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xATrRyBjexM

The Meaning of Life

Happiness is a very important ingredient. Given that all human beings are born alone and die alone, it is human nature for each person to have a very personal perspective as to what happiness means. Therefore happiness has an infinite amount of definitions. When a person is born, at their childhood they receive the automatic desire to dream and utilize their imagination. As they get older, people will do their best to destroy those dreams and deny your imagination by suffocating you with what they refer to as reality. If a person with a very open mind believes anything is possible you become a threat to people with narrow minds. The larger your world becomes the smaller and more infantile they appear and this bothers them. Their short perspectives and forgone conclusions limits them as people and they are envious at your ability to maintain hope through a much larger and broad scope. It is this grief that causes them to be insufferably miserable and through constant actions of negativity, they will do whatever they can at all cost to rob you of your limitless freedom. Inside the very core of happiness is a person’s ability to believe that anything is possible and that whatever concepts of belief they have are the correct beliefs despite what anybody else tells them. In short, it is important for every single human being to develop his or her method of beliefs, aspirations or opinions, no matter what they are. If another perspective is shown to you that makes you happier than the one you held on to then change it. If not, then let it go. In a person’s life we are all given a short period of time to exist in this form and this is to be a fact no matter what your beliefs are. So it is imperative that you use that time as much as possible doing anything and everything that makes you happy. Also, if it is by having a narrow perspective that makes you happy, then by all means do so. Just don’t suffocate people with negativity. If you enjoy giving people your negativity, then you are not happy at all. You are in denial. It is this happiness we all seek that gives our life meaning. Therefore I am left to concur that the meaning of life is to find meaning in life. Even if the meaning is the lack of a meaning that is a meaning. Find your meaning in life and you have found the meaning of life.

(Author: The Correct Answer, source here)

The Great Dictator, by Charles Chaplin

There have been a few truly great speeches recorded throughout human history. Here is one by Charles Chaplin in his 1940 movie “The Great Dictator”. The message remains apropos.

 

I’m sorry. I don’t want to be an emperor, that’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I would like to help everyone if possible. Jew, gentile, black man or white. We all want to help one another, human being 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 this qualities life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together, the very nature of this inventions cries out to the goodness in Men, cries out for the universal brotherhood and 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 in but the passing of greed. The bitterness of men will 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 and slave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to this 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 Lucas it is written “The Kingdom of God is within Men”, not in one men or 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! Lets us fight for a new world. A decent world that will give men the chance to work, that will give you the future and old age a security. By the promess of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie, they do not fulfill their promess, they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promess, 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 were science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

 

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(from “The Great Dictactor” by Charles Chaplin)