Letter from the editors By: Meghan Henoumont and Jeff Boudreaux

We hope 2015 finds you well dolphins. February is packed this year, the entire month is black history month. We have two holidays, Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day, and a slew of social and political decisions that are being made now that will greatly affect our futures.
Even though it’s only February so much has already happened: The Keystone Oil Pipeline XL bill has passed the Senate and President Obama has proposed two years of free college for everyone ( We thought the same thing, where was this idea when we started.)

We needed some inspiration. Our generation will be facing issues in our lifetime that no other generation has faced. Knowledge will truly be power. We’ll need all the creative problem solvers we can get and tolerance to work together on a global scale. This famous speech from Charlie Chaplin in his first speaking role is riveting. If it had been written today it would still be relevant with everything that’s going on: Racism, greed, money and machines versus men. It really does cover all the bases. It also calls on the people to not despair, to take happiness back into their own hands, to refuse the little opportunity presented to them and create their own stepping stones.

Ok, we can’t say it as well as Mr.Chaplin so we’ll stop there. One more time, knowledge is power guys. The easiest way to learn about anything is to ask questions. So, we are asking our fellow dolphins to question everything. Question the media, question politicians and their intentions, question your perception: Be aware. Let’s make 2015 the year of change.

The Great Dictator Speech
“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 others happiness – not by each others 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 fulfill that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill 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!”

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The original movie scene of the speech being performed:

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