To earlier thoughts
01 Jan 2016
24 Apr 2016
great dictator's thoughts
26 Apr 2016
A New Year has again begun. Time seemingly is accelerating as I get older. When I listen carefully to my Dad, it will continue to be this way for quite a while. The good part of all of that is that at least I'm getting older. This makes me wonder, would time stop at my time of death?
Well, the past year it (finding out whether time stops at death) has almost happened (again) but I was fortunate to be able to collect thoughts for another year. Although I must admit that last year is a record pointing to the minimum value of the scale. It has been a very busy and adventurous year, on all fronts. I just didn't have the drive to put down more thoughts than I have. Let's see whether this year will make it to not be another record on the downward side of the scale.
I hope to make the coming year as exciting as last year, I wish I can bring good moments to other people as well and not make too much of a mess of things.... Time will tell.
I wish all of you visiting here, a healthy and happy year and that you may have many thoughts and wonderful moments. The integral of the latter will lead you to a wonderful life - don't waste time on things that you can't perceive as wonderful, it might turn out to be waste of time.
A great dictator's thoughts
In 1940, Charles Chapllin directed a movie, The great dictator, the war in Europe only just began and nothing of what had to come was known to Charles. The last speech in the movie therefor bears even more load and truth, as it could have been said in our today's society with as much ease as during the 1940s.
Amazing how expressive this scene is, I think it is a timeless work of art, that emerges from man's mind. It makes me wonder even more, where thoughts like this come from:
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. .....
It is however frightening to me, that mankind has always had its soul filled with greed, it means that the fight for happiness to all on our globe has been, is and will probably be distorted by the ever present greed in us. I can only wish that awareness and the internet can help us grow and rid of these (for me) negative features of mankind.
Alan Watts has given this some thought. Listen to his thoughts on this.
'The moment you have situation where you really are in control of things, that is to say, in which the future is almost completely predictable....a completely predictable future is already the past, you've already had it. That's not what you want, you want a surprise...”
I think he is right in his thinking, what life would we have if everything is predictable, when there are no surprises, when we know every second that is to come. It would be like working on a highly efficient production line, doing all predictable activities – imagine all you would have to do is to tighten a screw, product after product, not just for 8 hours but for a whole life..... I don't think this indeed would result in a good life.