The fourth part of the Eleventh Chapter of Noipap.
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“A long time ago, in a faraway village in rural Japan, a master carpenter built a house with a room of a thousand mirrors. Shortly after that, the village became very popular because of this unusual house. It wasn’t long before it was famous in the samurai caste and from the simplest samurai to daimyo, and even the most important daimyo together with the shogun came to see it. In less than two years the house had been seen by all the important people, and the Emperor, also, who was considered the Sun’s son, came to see this miracle. Seeing what a beneficial impact it had on them all, the owner of the house decided to always leave the doors open so it could be visited anytime by anyone. This is how one day, just before the sunset, a downcast dog passed by this house. It was one of those dogs that are never in the mood to play, that are always gloomy and that growl if you give them too much of your attention. This dog decided to enter hoping to find someone to give him something to eat. It is important to note that, before entering the room with the thousand mirrors, he had to pass through a dark hallway. While the dog was crossing this hall, a thousand concerns and worries overtook him. The closer he came to the door of the mirrored room, the more afraid he was. After coming halfway, and seeing there was no danger, instead of encouraging himself to calmly advance, he let himself be fooled by fear. “Who knows what’s hiding in this darkness? Look, a light, but what if there’s someone who wants to hurt me?” Carried by these thoughts, he would have retreated, but pushed by his hunger, he kept moving forward. Entering the room, he found a thousand dogs watching him suspiciously. “I knew it, I was right!! Here I’ll find my end! All of them will just hurt me!” Out of fear, his hair went up on his back and he instinctively put himself on guard; at this moment, he saw a thousand dogs preparing to attack. Not knowing what to do, he started barking, but the result was that a thousand dogs started barking. Frightened, he started screaming, but he was overwhelmed by the roar of the thousand dogs, so he started running… When he was out of this house, he thought it was a horrible place, and he would never go back again because he had just lived through the worst experience of his life. A few days later, another dog was passing in the courtyard, but this time it was a small, happy dog. One of those restless dogs, a gentle, jumpy dog that is always looking for a reason to celebrate life. Seeing the door open, he decided to enter the house, thinking he would find someone to play with. While crossing the dark hallway, he started thinking: “Who knows what surprise will be waiting for me at the end of this hall? It will certainly be a pleasant surprise, life has always something good for me, just wait and see how much fun it will be!” But going halfway and seeing that there was nothing for him, just before discouraging himself, he saw the light at the end of the tunnel. He got excited and started running forward thinking: “There is just a little more, a few more steps and I get there!! Who knows what surprise life has prepared for me?!” Carried by these thoughts, he entered the room of a thousand mirrors with a sincere smile on his face. Great was his joy when he met a thousand dogs that smiled and gladly fawned just like himself. Seeing so many friendly faces he started jumping with joy, and he saw then that he was followed by a thousand other dogs, and he thought: “How much these dogs like me!” and when he started dancing there was a huge surprise: In front of him were a thousand dogs doing a breakdance. Leaving the house he thought: “What a wonderful place, and what nice welcoming dogs… I will definitely come back here again.”
Dear Papion, look at this room as if it was nothing but everyday life and the thousand mirrors were the faces you meet every day. What reflections do you see on the faces of the people you meet?
-I never thought about the others around me like this, but from now on, I will definitely reflect before jumping to conclusions. What was the second thing you wanted to talk to me about? Papion asked.
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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 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 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. …..
Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you – 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 like cattle, use you 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 – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
In the 17th Chapter of St 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! 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. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that 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 – to 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!
Final speech from The Great Dictator Copyright © Roy Export S.A.S. All rights reserved
Life is a Lesson
-But if I keep trying and I bump into locked doors?
-It depends on your intention. Your intentions, whether correct or not, can open or lock doors for you. And I do not mean physical doors, but the ones that lead to a better life. Woe betide he who enters an opened door with bad intentions! Even if for a while it looks like a success, sooner or later fate will have its say! One way or another, he will curse the door he entered. Why do we think we can trick life? It’s time to wake up and understand that we simply trick ourselves!!
-Airam, how can I express myself to the others if they don’t understand me?
-I can only tell you that when you express yourself, you need to be calm, clear, and consistent! As for making others understand you… I can’t help you with that.
-What do you mean you can’t?! Papion asked, alarmed.
-Even if you could talk down to everyone, that doesn’t mean you can make them all understand you. So far no one has managed to do that. You have to give up worrying about what others may think of you! Have the courage to be always yourself. That is the greatest obligation to you! When you are real, without masks, everything will become clearer. Remember that the ones who love you love the good they see in you, not what you want to show. Think of how many of us wear masks all day long. They do not know who they are and what they want anymore. If they had the courage to be natural, to accept themselves as they really are without worrying about what others might say, and if they would instead try to correct their faults and develop their skills, wouldn’t they start to slowly understand who they really are and know exactly what they wish for? Wouldn’t it be an easier life knowing exactly who you are and what you want to become? If you’re doing everything you can to achieve your dream, when you go through tough times, it will be easier for you to accept them! It’s a virtue to go further, through the joys and hardships of life with enthusiasm! It’s a blessing knowing that everything is happening to teach you how to become better, stronger! Then, every day passes for a reason; it brings you closer to your dream! Wouldn’t it be better for us to understand that life is not a struggle? Life is a continuous lesson that helps us grow!!
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“As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.”
TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY
C. P. Cavafy, “The City” from C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Translation Copyright © 1975, 1992 by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Reproduced with permission of Princeton University Press.
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