Civilized Man – Speech

Decided to add a new category to my blog, Movie Speeches. Great scenes and speeches that I love to hear and see again and again from my favorite movies. They might encapsulate a major point of the movie, or just be something that I cannot get out of my head. This will go along with the Partner speech from the Maltese Falcon and the True speech from Second Hand Lions. Well enjoy and look for these every Sunday until

A) I get tired of writing them
B) I run out of great movies to write about (highly unlikely)
C) I receive a cease and desist order from Youtube (also highly unlikely, one of the founders is a fellow IUP Alumni), Wikepedia, or a major motion picture (but I firgure they would go after Youtube first since they have deeper pockets than me.

Also they will be underneath the Quotes category, but you will be able to differnaite them because they will have two word titles, as opposed to the regular Quotes which will only have one word titles. So True will turn into True- Speech and Partners with be changed into Partners – Speech.

And here you find civilized man. Civilized man refused to adapt himself to his environment; instead, he adapted his environment to suit him. So he built cities, roads, vehicles, machinery, and he put up power lines to run his labour-saving devices. But somehow he didn’t know where to stop. The more he improved his surroundings to make life easier, the more complicated he made it. So now his children are sentenced to 10-15 years of school, just to learn how to survive in this complex and hazardous habitat they were born into. And civilized man, who refused to adapt to his surroundings, now finds he has to adapt and re-adapt every hour of the day to his self-created environment. For instance, if it’s Monday and 7:30 comes up, you have to dis-adapt from your domestic surroundings and re-adapt yourself to an entirely different environment. 8:00 means everybody has to look busy. 10:30 means you can stop looking busy for 15 minutes. And then you have to look busy again. And so your day is chopped into pieces, and in each segment of time you adapt to a new set circumstances.

The Gods Must be Crazy: I first heard about this movie in high school from the Drama teacher Mr. Robinson (may he rest in peace), but I did not get around to seeing it until I was in college a couple of years later. It is by far one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It also has some profound statements, comparing the uneducated, uncivilzed, crude ignorant Bushman to the educated, car driving, properly clothed white people he runs into in his quest. This particular speech was read by a Narrator voiced by Paddy O’Bryne.

godsmustbe By the way this is Xi who theories that the Gods must be crazy.

From Wikepedia: The Gods Must Be Crazy is a South African comedy film written and directed by Jamie Uys. Originally released in 1980, the film is the first in The Gods Must Be Crazy series of films. Set in Botswana, it tells the story of Xi, a Sho of the Kalahari Desert (played by Namibian San farmer Nǃxau) whose tribe has no knowledge of the world beyond. The film is followed by one official sequel although three unofficial sequels were produced in Hong Kong starring Nǃxau.

For those who feel like watching it on Youtube here it is: The Gods must be Crazy – Intro

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