– quoted by Vaclav Havel,

“我也認為知識分子要經常問難,要證言世間的苦難,一士諤諤,對一切隠閉的及公開的壓力和操縱的手段均要反抗,應該係制度、權力及其魔力嘅主要嘅質疑者,要拆穿呢啲東西的謊言。”

– Vaclav Havel

in an interview with Karel Hvizdala, about the role of “intellectuals”
– from 希望的政治 (哈維爾選集,唐山出版社,translated from “Disturbing the Peace”, Chapter 5)

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Thought of the day –
Czech philosopher Václav Bělohradský

Realism in politics worries
people, and they seek refuge from it in an infinite (and thus irresponsible) discourse about eternal values. The final stop on this escape route is totalitarianism, which elevates the single truth of the victor above the inconsistent, and thus contradictory, condition of pluralism – the new era of Communism, the Thousand Year Reich and so on. People want to be liberated from the dramatic time of decision-making and are thus often willing to hand all power to someone such as Hitler, Mussolini or Stalin, or to scientists and experts, who, they cravenly believe, has the truth; that way at least they can shirk the responsibility of making a choice between contradictory alternatives.

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