“i write differently from what i speak, i speak differently from what i think, i think differently from the way i ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.”
– franz kafka
“it seems to me that with the burial of myth, the barn in which the mysterious animals of the human unconscious were housed over thousands of years has been abandoned and the animals turned loose – on the tragically mistaken assumption that they were phantoms – and that now they are devastating the countryside.”
– václav havel, “thriller,” 1984. read the short and brilliant piece here.
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“i realize i was always laughed at for being a humanist, a dreamer, a poet, instead of talking about value-added tax or something like that.”
this man had a noble soul and a truly original creative mind, as well as the goodwill to use both for the benefit of others. rest in peace.
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václav havel and his wife, olga, imitate a painting.
this is in acknowledgement of the student protests that became the “velvet revolution” [17-28 november, 1989] … i’ve been reading lots of havel’s essays lately, and many of them are poignantly applicable and relevant to the movements seeking social change that are happening now. his writing really lends a critical eye to what needs to be changed, as well as what methods are worthy or unworthy / effective or ineffective to do so. excerpts to come.
“do you realize that people don’t know how to read kafka, simply because they
want to decipher him? instead of letting themselves be carried away by his
unequaled imagination, they look for allegories – and come up with nothing but
clichés: life is absurd (or it is not absurd), god is beyond reach (or within reach),
etc. you can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not
understand that imagination is a value in itself.”
– milan kundera
“classical modern science described only the surface of things, a single dimension of reality. and the more dogmatically science treated it as the only dimension, as the very essence of reality, the more misleading it became. today, for instance, we may know immeasurably more about the universe than our ancestors did, and yet, it increasingly seems they knew something more essential about it than we do, something that escapes us.
…there appear to be no integrating forces, no unified meaning, no true inner understanding of phenomena in our experience of the world. experts can explain anything in the objective world to us, yet we understand our own lives less and less.”
– václav havel, “the need for transcendence in the postmodern world” (liberty medal acceptance speech), july 4, 1994.