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An Intergenerational Debate: Death in Prague

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 19, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

Are we capable of accepting death as part of life? Why are we afraid to discuss death? Come and search for an answer with our guests.

Guests: Radkin Honzák (psychiatrist and journalist), Helena Illnerová (scientist, former chairwoman of the Czech Academy of Sciences), Ondřej Nezbeda (journalist, author of The Mortal’s Guidebook), Kateřina Bohatá (head of a help line for seniors).

Barbora Šichanová (Radio Wave) will chair the debate.

This intergenerational debate is part of the intergenerational festival OLD’S COOL 2017, which is being organised for the fifth time by the charity Elpida. For more information about the festival’s programme go to www.elipda.cz.

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Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington

„We are still a long way from that „family of man;“ in fact, we seem to be receding from the ideal rather than drawing closer to it. Interests of all kinds: personal, selfish, state, national, group and, if you like, company interests still considerably outweigh genuinely common and global interests. We are still under the sway of the destructive and thoroughly vain belief that man is the pinnacle of creation, and not just a part of it, and that therefore everything is permitted. There are still many who say they are concerdend not for themselves but for the cause, while they are demonstrably out for themselves and not for the cause at all. We are still destroying the planet that was entrusted to us, and its environment. We still close our eyes to the growing social, ethnic and cultural conflicts in the world. From time to time we say that the anonymous megamachinery we have created for ourselves no longer serves us but rather has enslaved us, yet we still fail to do anything about it.“

Václav Havel:
Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington, February 21, 1990

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