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Between Otokar Březina and Václav Havel

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  • Where: Montmartre Gallery
  • When: April 12, 2011, 17:00 – 20:00

A composed evening devoted to essays Word by Otokar Březina and A Word about Words by Václav Havel. Otokar Březina Association and František Bílek Association in cooperation with Václav Havel Library are the organisers of this event.

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Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„Technology – that child of modern science, which in turn is a child of modern metaphysics – is out of humanity’s control, has ceased to serve us, has enslaved us and compelled us to participate in the preparation of our own destruction. And humanity can find no way out: we have no idea and no faith, and even less do we have a political conception to help us bring things back under human control. We look on helplessly as that coldly functioning machine we have created inevitably engulfs us, tearing us away from our natural affiliations (for instance, from our habitat in the widest sense of that word, including our habitat in the biosphere) just as it removes us from the experience of Being and casts us into the world of “existences”.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978