Progressive Graffiti

What Do You Want Out of Life?

It’s Saturday. Do you have the day off? Or a long, busy shift? Either way, what do you really want out of life? Time for some reflection and inspiration…


The beginning, and ending, words in the video are from the famous Charlie Chaplin speech in the 1940 film The Great Dictator. Here’s that clip:

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.

— Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator

Since Charlie Chaplin made that great speech, mankind continues to struggle with insecurity, greed, fear, and hate. But there is a way to be free. Do what is worthwhile and meaningful. Do what gives you lasting joy.

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • World without barriers is a great concept that engaged the thoughts of several great minds, and Chaplin’s dialogue in The Great Dictator is surely borne out of one of those reflections. Let us look at the linguistic barrier in the form of multiplicity of languages presently prevailing. Indication is that in the next several hundred years, many of these languages will die and the world will reduce to a few languages, English and Chinese being a couple of them. One or two may add to the list, depending on how languages evolve. Is it a harbinger of a unifying world? Difficult to surmise, given the human tendency to create divisions to gain control and power.

    • Good question.

      The loss of languages, and with them, diverse traditions, does not sound ideal. We would lose a diversity of wisdom.

      How about semipermeable boundaries instead of barriers?

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