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Absurd, Hope and Vaclav Havel

I have always been deeply affected by the theater of the absurd because, I believe, it shows the world as it is, in a state of crisis. It shows man having lost his fundamental metaphysical certainty, his relationship to the spiritual, the sensation of meaning – in other words, having lost the ground under his feet. This is a man for whom everything is coming apart, whose world is collapsing, who senses he has irrevocably lost something but is unable to admit this to himself and therefore hides from it.

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The kind of hope I often think about (especially in hopeless situations) is, I believ, a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don’t. hope is not a prognostication – it’s an orientation of the spirit. Each of us must find real fundamental hope within himself. You can’t delegate that to anyone else.

~ Václav Havel, Czech writer and dramatist. He was the tenth and last President of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) and the first President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003).

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