Could the key to world peace really be found in our own hands? That’s what founder of Conscious Ink and Blississippi.com, Frank Gjata, would plainly tell you.
He recently launched a short film/video “remake” of Charlie Chaplin’s inspiring speech from “The Great Dictator”, in which Chaplin made an impassioned plea for justice, racial equality, peace, and freedom. In its various forms, it has been viewed in the tens of millions.
Written over 75 years ago, Chaplin’s speech was bold and ahead of its time. “We think too much and feel too little: more than machinery, we need humanity; more that cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost”.
Gjata wondered what message Chaplin might deliver to us if he were alive today. The result: “The Great Dictator Returns”.
From the film: “So how is life today? I ask you, has anything changed? Look around, has violence ended? Hatred erased? Racism eradicated? And what happens to you when you hear, see and feel these things that have not changed? Do you get angry? Your blood boil? Do you look around suspiciously for who is to blame? Pointing fingers outward at your fellow man?”
Amidst all the violence happening around the world right now, Gjata said, “I think this film is especially timely. It invites the viewer to participate in a true remedy to violence…embracing peace and love within ourselves first.”
From the film: “You do not need to be a leader of a country, or a warrior in an army, to act. You are already much more than that. You are the leader of your own world. A warrior of your own heart, and all hearts. There are no ordinary among us.”
When asked why he created the video, Gjata responded, "How can we expect to end violence around the world, when we have yet to make peace with ourselves? Does that make any sense at all? I believe the world simply reflects backs the energy we hold collectively. Since each of us is a part of the collective, what we personally do influences the entire world. We’ve been putting the focus in the wrong place…out there…instead of in here. We have the answer. We have the power. We are fully capable. We just need to remember who we really are. I thought this video could remind us of that."
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