V&225;clav Havel

Ξ September 13th, 2005 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |







"There are no exact guidelines. There are probably no guidelines at all. The only thing I can recommend at this stage is a sense of humor, an ability to see things in their ridiculous and absurd dimensions, to laugh at others and at ourselves, a sense of irony regarding everything that calls out for parody in this world. In other words, I can only recommend perspective and distance. Awareness of all the most dangerous kinds of vanity, both in others and in ourselves. A good mind. A modest certainty about the meaning of things. Gratitude for the gift of life and the courage to take responsibility for it. Vigilance of spirit."

(Havel upon receiving the Open Society Prize awarded by the Central European University in 1999, trans. by Paul Wilson)

 

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