Am sick of people who ask me “Kamu dari tadi di sini kerja sendirian??” (trans: You’ve been here working all by yourself??) or throw accusations like “Kamu ada masalah bersosialisasi?” (trans: You have a problem socializing?) with the funny expression they make when asking people if they have HIV or something. First, to answer the question, NOPE. I DON’T have problems socializing, it’s just that we DON’T need to go to the canteen in groups of ten, or have another person make completely irrelevant remarks about whatever’s on our screen while we’re working on some project they’ve got nothing to do with. This says a LOT about us teenagers really. We seem to take the phrase “strength in numbers” too seriously. Well, I’m not saying that it’s wrong to enjoy another’s company, but to condemn another person for keeping school-based relationships professional is something entirely different (and entirely stupid). For one, these nosy people also DO wish they won’t have to deal with friends they don’t even like much, but when things go sour they still choose to make up things like “tapi mereka teman gua juga han” (trans: but they’re my friends too han) or “tapi gua sayang mereka han” (trans: but I love them han), while in reality the only two things keeping them from actually stepping out of the disadvantageous relationship is dependence, fabricated by their own heads, and sometimes fear of judgment (or maybe they’re just plain masochistic, idk) even though they pass judgments themselves. Personally, I’d prefer to avoid all that trouble. Just please. stop. Keep the assumptions and judgments to yourself. Self-reliance isn’t something one has to justify.
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- 11 months ago
The Great Dictator - Speech (1940)
“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!”
- 11 months ago
"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people."
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"As soon as Caesar took his seat, the conspirators crowded round him as if to pay their respects. Tillius Cimber, who had taken the lead, came up close, pretending to ask a question. Caesar made a gesture to put off his request to some other time, but Cimber caught hold of his toga at both shoulders. ‘This is outrageous,’ Caesar exclaimed, and at that moment one of the Casca brothers stabbed him from one side just below the throat. Caesar grasped Casca’s arm and ran it through with his stylus. He was leaping up when another dagger caught him in the chest. Confronted by a ring of drawn daggers, he drew the top of his toga over his face, and at the same time with his left hand drew the lap of his toga down to his feet, so that he would die decently, with the lower part of his body covered. Twenty three dagger thrusts went home. Caesar did not utter a sound after the first blow, though some have recorded that when he saw Marcus Brutus coming at him, he said ‘kai su, teknon’ [Greek for ‘you too, child’]"
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