Bertolt Brecht – A Politically Poetic Genius

Bertolt Brecht - 1898-1956
Bertolt Brecht – 1898-1956

The man was a visionary writer, poet and activist of epic proportions. His words ring more true today, then they ever did when he was alive. I present to you, 4 of what I consider to be his most profound thoughts.

And though not directed at the Filipino people. I would ask them to heed this mans words carefully. For they reflect heavily upon the current state of your country.

“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions.

The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”

“The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of silence spread. When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out “stop!”

When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.”

“Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties.”

  • He must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed.
  • The keenness to recognize it, although it is everywhere concealed.
  • The skill to manipulate it as a weapon.
  • The judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective.
  • The running to spread the truth among such persons.

Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world stood up and stopped the bastard. The bitch that bore him, is in heat again.

Visionary’s have that unique gift to see into the hearts of most. Sadly way too many people tend to regard much of what they have to say, as simply folly. And allow it to fall to the wayside, soon to be forgotten. By then… It may be too late.


Just a regular "Joe" who decided the rat-race in the states was getting to ridiculous for words, and made the move to the Asian side of life.

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