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The original John Doe Speech from the 1941 Film, “Meet John Doe”

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“What’s it all about?” You may be thinking this, as you are reading through my blog. Is she against people who are wealthy? Is she blaming society and the “Haves” for the circumstances of the “Have-Nots”? Does she really think that this blog is going to make a difference? 

Well…yes..and no. I’m not placing the blame for the uneven socioeconomic scale on anyone, wealthy or impoverished or even middle class. I’m not thinking that things will change overnight if we all, from every background and walk of life, hold hands and sing “Kumbaya” . The reason for my “shouting from the rooftops” speils of socioeconomic equality & walking in LOVE, is because I was moved by this film. My pastors, Mike & Kathy Hayes of Covenant Church, are always encouraging us to CARE – LOVE- GIVE to others and to show Christ’s Love in all that we do. Well, this speech here and the essence of this extraordinary film, seem to capture that sentiment and carry it on a sweat-blood-tears-stained flag for all to see…and ponder about afterwards. So this is my flag for the world to see…and ponder about afterwards. *hugs* ~ the beautiful john doe

THE SPEECH

John Doe:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I am the man you all know as John Doe. I took that name because it seems to describe — because it seems to describe the average man, and that’s me — and that’s me.

Well, it was me — before I said I was gonna jump off the City Hall roof at midnight on Christmas Eve. Now, I guess I’m not average any more. Now, I’m getting all sorts of attention, from big shots, too — the mayor and governor, for instance. They don’t like those articles I’ve been writing.

 “Well, people like the Governor — people like the Governor — and that fella there can — can stop worrying. I’m not gonna talk about them. I’m gonna talk about us, the average guys, the John Does.

If anybody should ask you what the average John Doe is like, you couldn’t tell him because he’s a million and one things. He’s Mr. Big and Mr. Small. He’s simple and he’s wise. He’s inherently honest, but he’s got a streak of larceny in his heart. He seldom walks up to a public telephone without shoving his finger into the slot to see if somebody left a nickel there.

He’s the man the ads are written for. He’s the fella everybody sells things to. He’s Joe Doakes, the world’s greatest stooge and the world’s greatest strength.

Yes, sir — Yes, sir, we’re a great family, the John Does. We are the meek who are — who are supposed to inherit the earth. You’ll find us everywhere. We raise the crops; we dig the mines, work the factories, keep the books, fly the planes and drive the busses. And when a cop yells: “Stand back there, you!” He means us, the John Does!

We have existed since time began. We built the pyramids. We saw Christ crucified, pulled the oars for Roman emperors, sailed the boats for Columbus, retreated from Moscow with Napoleon and froze with Washington at Valley Forge.

Yes, sir. We’ve been in there dodging left hooks since before history began to walk. In our struggle for freedom we’ve hit the canvas many a time, but we always bounced back! Because we’re the people — and we’re tough.

They’ve started a lot of talk about free people going soft — that we can’t take it. That’s a lot of hooeyl A free people can beat the world at anything, from war to tiddle-de-winks, if we all pull in the same direction.

   I know a lot of you are saying “What can I do? I’m just a little punk. I don’t count.” Well, you’re dead wrong! The little punks have always counted because in the long run the character of a country is the sum total of the character of its little punks.

But, we’ve all got to get in there and pitch. We can’t win the old ballgame unless we have teamwork. And that’s where every John Doe comes in. It’s up to him to get together with his teammates. And your teammate, my friend, is the guy next door to you. Your neighbor — he’s a terribly important guy that guy next door. You’re gonna need him and he’s gonna need you, so look him up. If he’s sick, call on him. If he’s hungry, feed him. If he’s out of a job, find him one.

To most of you, your neighbor is a stranger, a guy with a barkin’ dog and high fence around him. Now, you can’t be a stranger to any guy that’s on your own team. So teach down the fence that separates you. Tear down the fence and you’ll tear down a lot of hates and prejudices. Tear down all the fences in the country and you’ll really have teamwork.

I know a lot of you are saying to yourselves, “He’s askin’ for a miracle to happen. He’s expectin’ people to change all of a sudden. Well, you’re wrong. It’s no miracle. It’s no miracle because I see it happen once every year. And and so do you — at Christmas time. There’s somethin’ swell about the spirit of Christmas, to see what it does to people, all kinds of people.

Now, why can’t that spirit, that same, warm Christmas spirit last the whole year around? Gosh, if it ever did, if each and every John Doe would make that spirit last 365 days out of the year, we’d develop such strength, we’d create such a tidal wave of good will that no human force could stand against it. Yes sir, my friends, the meek can only inherit the earth when the John Doe’s start lovin’ their neighbors.

You better start right now. Don’t wait till the game is called on account of darkness.

Wake up, John Doe. You’re the hope of the world.”

Meet John Doe Speech

~ the beautiful john doe


Tis The Season

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Many apologies for my absence last month. I’ve been a bit busy trying to keep up with the trials & joys of life. Little trinkets of unexpected laughter, bouts of sadness, health & body madness and the like have all kept me on the merry-go-round of circumstance. I have finally decided to take a mental detour and offer some (supposed) words of holiday wisdom.

Happy Holiday 2011

Thanksgiving & Christmas Cheer!

First off, I hope that everyone’s Thanksgiving was amazing. To those who enjoyed it, what a Blessing! To those who didn’t enjoy it as much, I’m sorry to hear that. Perhaps we can make Christmas the “do-over” good time that God means all special times to be. I’ll certainly try to keep you encouraged.

Here is a song that always helps me to get into the festive mood:

I LOVE this song, of course, from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, but way before I was introduced to all things Chevy Chase, I loved the melodious crooning of Bing Crosby. Remember, I’m a connoisseur of all things vintage.  😉

White Christmas Film & Song

Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" Film & music still gives me Christmas tears...

Veering away from Yesteryear, what plans does everyone have for Christmas? I am reppeating what I did for Thanksgiving, which is make a huge from-scratch Turkey feast. We’re also adding egnog & hot apple cider, if we can afford it. We are planning on giving somehow, this year, even though we have been struggling financially. I’d like to donate some hair products to a children’s hospital by late January. I am also giving to single mother’s this Christmas. My mom ended up being a single mom after my parents divorced and for much of her journey, she did it sans child support, so the single moms have a huge space in my heart.

I caught myself wishing the other day that I could be a ‘Heel-Lot”, just so that I would have the money to help others. A young man walked up to my car in the parking lot in a very prestigious zip code on Saturday. He asked me if I wanted to buy a homemade loaf of banana bread that he was selling to raise money for his church’s ministry. I SO wanted to say “YES! I’ll buy all of them!”, but what came out was “I’m sorry, sir, but thank you.” The guy sort of shook his head, rolled his eyes and walked away. I could understand his attitude, seeing as he and his fellow church members were getting turned away left and right by shoppers carrying carts full of Christmas gifts and rushing to their luxury cars. What the young man didn’t know was that my gas tank was on E, thanks to my hubby, and that my wallet was on its way there as well & I still hadn’t bought the fixings for dinner yet.

*sigh*

Why am I bringing this up? Not for you to feel sorry for me. My family is Blessed to have a roof over our head, my hubby works two jobs and God always provides what we need. 🙂 I am saying this so that we can see that not all of us have money. My mother is on the phone now telling me about a community of 2,000 people in Southern California (“Slab City”), lots of families as well, who have nowhere to go and are living on desert land. They have lost their jobs and are destitute, so much so that they are all bathing at the same well.

You can read more about it & view the CBS news clip here:

This is absolutely horrible! We are living in America and in California, where all the wealthiest movies stars and entertainers live, there should not be this level of poverty. Will Smith is worth 500 million dollars. Hey Fresh Prince, I love you man, but can you spare a million and help those 2.000 people out?

Being a good steward over what God has Blessed you with includes GIVING.

Lend a helping hand

Deuteronomy 15:7-11

I’m not pointing fingers, I’m just using Will’s financial situation as an example. We cannot continue to sit back and be satified with putting a couple bucks in Santa’s Salvation Army bucket or sending a bag of used clothes to your favorite cause. We need a real awakaening of the heart and a real call to action. I am so happy when we do the tings mentioned above because every little bit helps, but why crawl when you can walk? Why should we walk when we can run? If you can help out at a “crawling” level, that rocks. But if you are able to help, give, volunteer or  aid in any other way on a “walk” or “run” level, that is even cooler. It is time to awaken the Good Samaritan in us all. Rise up and WALK

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Deuteronomy 15:7-11 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

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