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Talks in English: Crossed lines – do we really understand one another? (30. 3. 2015)

The next in a series of talks in English with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Discussion with Pavel Fischer and Jiří Šitler, both diplomats and colleagues of Václav Havel, chaired by David Vaughan. One of the challenges of the diplomat is to try to understand the way others think. But is this really possible?

„Bytí má zkrátka paměť. A tedy i moje maličkost – buržoazní dítě, laborant, voják, kulisák, divadelní autor, disident, vězeň, prezident, penzista, veřejný fenomén a poustevník, údajný hrdina a tajný strašpytel – tu bude navždy. Respektive ne tu, ale kdesi. Nikoli však jinde. Kdesi tu.“

Václav Havel:
Zápis z 5. prosince 2005, Prosím stručně, 2006