Monday, December 19, 2011

On the power of words

"All important events in the world - whether admirable or monstrous - are always spearheaded in the realm of words" Vaclav Havel
Vaclav Havel passed away last week. He was a playwright, essayist, poet, dissent who ended up as  the president of the Czech republic (see Wikipedia for further information). He is a strong believer in the power of words. His writings are quite interesting and relevant with all the changes we are seeing around the world. Here are some excerpts from his “The Power of the Powerless” and his acceptance speech after receiving a literature prize in 1990.

There is a documentary on "The Power of the Powerless" narrated by one of my favorite actors Jeremy Irons.  Time to look it up...