「後來出獄嘅捷克政治犯哋話,就算七七憲章嘅抗議未能使他們獲釋,但佢地感到外面嘅人知道佢地被捕並採取左行動,就係一大鼓舞,使佢地覺得自己喪失個人自由係有意義嘅」

哈維爾後來講:「七七憲章仲有深遠得多嘅意義。由此開始咗一個過程,人們作為公民嘅腰桿挺得更直了。 。。。 那以後發生左數以百計嘅請願,就算政府一概唔理,但佢實際上就唔可以唔將自己適應改變咗嘅環境,。。。呢種效果係間接嘅,非立竿見影嘅,長期嘅,但佢真係有。舉例。。。。」

--哈維爾選集前言,劉賓雁

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– 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)

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.

http://www.multiweb.cz/hawkmoon/stranacer.htm

Havel’s historic humility

2 December 2009

“the unpredictible history”, 31 october 2009

i haven’t been able to locate the source. here is a chinese translation:

https://ranyunfei.com/2009/11/927.htm/comment-page-1#comment-1070

See also: Manifesto of Charta 77
http://mediarich.wordpress.com/2008/10/20/in-january-1977-230-prominent-czech-intellectuals-signed-and-published-a-manifesto-announcing-the-formation-of-charter-77-a-loose-informal-and-open-association-of-people-committed-to-human-righ/