Between Otokar Březina and Václav Havel
- 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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Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi
„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994