December 19, 2011

Václav Havel - observers vs. beings

R.I.P. Václav Havel (5 October 1936 – 18 December 2011). A memorable quote, excerpt from “The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World” (Liberty Medal acceptance speech, Philadelphia - July 4, 1994), via wikiquote:
The relationship to the world that the modern science fostered and shaped now appears to have exhausted its potential. It is increasingly clear that, strangely, the relationship is missing something. It fails to connect with the most intrinsic nature of reality and with natural human experience. It is now more of a source of disintegration and doubt than a source of integration and meaning. It produces what amounts to a state of schizophrenia: Man as an observer is becoming completely alienated from himself as a being.

Maria Yudina plays Bach / Liszt Prelude & Fugue, BWV 543
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