zondag 18 december 2011

Vaclav Havel: een man die wist

Toonbeeld van burgerlijke moed. Een held die groot persoonlijk risico liep maar die er zich niet voor leende om de andere kant op te kijken om maar niets te hoeven weten.

Of om met de man zelf te spreken:

.... Complete skepticism is an understandable consequence of discovering that one’s enthusiasms are based on illusion. This skepticism leads to a dehumanization of history — a history drifting somewhere above us, taking its own course, having nothing to do with us, trying to cheat us, destroy us, playing out its cruel jokes.

But history is not something that takes place elsewhere; it takes place here. We all contribute to making it. If bringing back some human dimension to the world depends on anything, it depends on how we acquit ourselves in the here and now…

Hope in this deep and powerful sense is not the same as joy when things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but rather an ability to work for something to succeed. 

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