SPEAKERS’ CORNER ORATORY
by Victor Zammit No.1.
Those who never attended Speakers’ Corner at London’s
Hyde Park, Marble Arch or at Sydney Speakers’ corner
at the Domain Park in Sydney, must understand that there
was no censorship at all at these public places. Some of
the dialogue is extremely sharp and highly provocative.
Some of the oratory was radical, some of it gentle and some
of it was to entertain. Some was also aimed to challenge
existing, traditional beliefs. Hecklers were allowed to
interject anytime. No amplification was allowed and speakers
had to project their voices.
Victor was primarily a Human Rights campaigner and used
a combination of humor with serious oratory. Here below
this speech was during the turbulent times of the Vietnam
war around 1972.
Victor, inspirationally: “Yes, the TRUTH
SHALL SET YOU FREE! ...
This is my motto ... this is my belief ... this
is my way of life ...
I have seen too much injustice, oppression, violence,
and deceit ... yes I have been involved in politics, religion
and human rights and I have witnessed the mind-manipulators,
those in authority who say they are your trusted friends,
but who, underneath the facade of friendship are nothing
but your bitter ENEMIES!
DON'T trust them. DON'T trust any of them. DON'T
let them control YOUR mind! Don't ever let them take away
your independence. Don't let anyone take away your fundamental
rights, your human rights, your innate rights!
Basically, you want to search for the TRUTH. You
want to discover for yourself the meaning of life, liberty
and you want to pursue happiness in your own individual
way. You have a right to think for yourself. You have a
right to determine your beliefs, your future, your hopes,
And for complete LIBERATION OF THE MIND, never
allow others to do the thinking for you. Never allow anyone
to dominate your mind, body and your human spirit!
When I come to speak to my crowd here, I KNOW that
I am free in what I say. I know that I can share my knowledge
with you. I know that what I say will inevitably affect
But I NEVER say you must follow my ideas. I never
say I have all the answers. I never say I want to you to
change your beliefs and your ideas. I never do that. Your
mind is your own! You are free to think for yourself! You
are free to extend your knowledge, free to keep your beliefs!
But you are also free to ENRICH your beliefs!
And when you see the misery, the suffering and
the brutality around the world, shed a silent tear for those
who are victims of international political gangsterism,
victims of military oppression, victims of ubiquitous insatiable
Whilst we struggle to survive, deep down we know
that ultimately we are the ones to seek and keep on seeking
what is real, what is achievable, what is right for us!
I'll let you on a little secret: the UNIVERSE will
support your every deeply felt desire!
Sometimes you see familiar things in a new light.
Sometimes you may agree with what I have to say, sometimes
not. But nobody tells me what to tell to you. Nobody bribes
me to sell somebody else's propaganda. Nobody is ever in
a position to buy my partiality. Nobody!
I do continuous research to find the truth. Since
I was able to read I started my mission to discover the
truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! I discovered
information that was not available to me in my younger years
... I got to know about certain things which where deliberately
kept from me.
I travelled to many parts of the world to see for
myself, to experience for myself and to discover for myself
some of the answers to some of the vital mysteries of this
world! And although I gained much wonderful knowledge and
answers, my search goes on!
At present I am free to continue to seek the truth
and nothing but the truth. And I share this truth with you
... because the TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!”
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Victor: “Welcome everyone. A warm, sweet,
lovable, wonderful welcome to all of you today. Welcome
to the Speaker's Corner on this most beautiful warm summer
Sunday afternoon. My name is Victor. Every Sunday afternoon
here, my crowd comes to me because only from my platform
do they get insights about what is happening to the world,
what is happening in this country what is happening to themselves.
We are going to have a most wonderful time. A most interesting,
entertaining and educational afternoon here.
The Speakers' Corner is internationally known for its VIBRANCE,
ENERGY, ORIGINALITY ... for its extreme form of evocative
ENTERTAINMENT ... LIVE entertainment that is!
London Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park in England and the
Sydney Speakers' Corner in the Domain Park in Australia
are historically unique by world oratory standards. They've
been around for over ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY years of continuous
speaking. Every Sunday without fail, speakers inform the
people of their message.
Whereas other speakers are too serious, have one issue,
like religion or atheism or anarchy or Judaism or Christianity
or the PLO or socialism or communism or whatever, on THIS
platform you get a very wide variety of topics. Here you
will experience an oratorical smorgasbord ...for those who
have good taste, extremely good taste, this is the only
platform where red-hot issues about human rights, politics,
economics, religion, and sociology are discussed at a very
high, oratorical level.
And the people know that – they come here to my platform
in droves every Sunday without fail.
I am NOT here to do the thinking for you. I am NOT here
to change your beliefs about anything. I am NOT here to
seek recruits to follow me and my philosophy!
I am NOT a crusader!
I do NOT want your vote. I do not want your partiality.
I do not want your dollar, not your money!
What you believe in is your business! YOU make your own
But you will be doing injustice to yourself if you unnecessarily
restrict your access to other information which may enhance
your knowledge, widen your perception and which will help
you see familiar things in a new light!
The first insight to-day is: don't let your deep seated
partiality restrict possibilities!
I give you MY interpretation of history, of law, of psychology,
of politics and of religion! We also discuss any other subjects
as long as it is interesting and immediately relevant to
For example, women, gay lib, euthanasia, should Catholics
have sex before marriage?
Crowd response: YEAH!!!
Victor: I thought you’d say that! This is
also a show for the tourists who come from around fifty
different nations here every Sunday.
This is the place for the best live entertainment and enlightenment
in a public park anywhere in the world!
That is why over one hundred and fifty years, MILLIONS of
people have visited these public places of oratory, of entertainment
of a great deal of debate and fun!
Every Sunday without fail thousands of people come to this
area ... you also see as far as the eye can see parked tourist
coaches. They bring happy tourists from most countries in
the world to attend the meetings here and to enjoy the fun,
enjoy the repartee, enjoy the UNIQUENESS of public park
It does not matter who you are. It does not matter where
you come from. It does not matter if you are male or female
as long as you are willing to listen, to participate and
to ask questions and have the capacity to enjoy yourself
and to have lots of fun!
There will be times when I will have to explain what I want
to tell you. There will be other times when you can question
anything I say.
Questioner: But surely, Mr Speaker,
we don't have to agree with everything you say!
Victor: Of course not! There will be times when
what I say here may fundamentally clash with your own cherished
beliefs! And that’s good!
You don't have to change your beliefs! You don't have to
accept anything I tell you! What you believe is your business!
But let me remind you what I tell you here every Sunday.
Just because you may not agree with what I tell you, does
not mean that what you believe in is correct! Nor does it
mean that what I tell you is incorrect!
You will have to remember that what you believe in to-day
is what someone else, a teacher or a parent or a priest
or a rabbi or a politician, has conditioned you to believe
in the past. But this information which was pumped into
you in your earlier innocent years may not have been the
correct information in the first place!
Whether you like it or not how you see the world is directly
related to where you were born. If you were born in India,
you’d very likely be a Hindu. If you were born in
Japan you'd be a Buddhist or a Shintoist or if you were
born in North Africa almost certainly you’d be a Moslem
– even a Moslem terrorist!
So don’t let anyone tell you that your religion is
superior to some other religion. Your beliefs come from
where you were born. So don’t be dogmatic, don’t
be stubborn, don’t be condescending towards other
religions – none of the religions can prove that they
are right – not one of them!
Blind faith is stupid! Question your faith. Analyze the
doctrines. Examine every dogma. Rise above personal subjective
beliefs and unconditionally accept anything that is scientific,
objective, repeatable and empirical.
ALL religions demand blind faith, demand personal
beliefs, demand you to be emotionally and intellectually
subservient, demand that you abandon your intellectual independence!
In epistemology - how the world's knowledge is organised
- you will find that all knowledge is divided into at least
two opposite extremes. On the one hand there is the knowledge
which I call objective, that is, knowledge which is scientific
and on which all people in the world agree - 7+5=12 for
And then there is the subjective knowledge which no one
on earth can prove. For example, beliefs in religion - I
believe in God, I believe in Jesus, I believe in Buddha,
I believe in Mohammed.
There are other personal beliefs - in politics - in capitalism,
or socialism or Fascism. These and other personal beliefs
constitute knowledge where you can't use science to substantiate
what you believe in.
This personal religious and other belief will always be
Questioner: Why should personal beliefs be tentative?”
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