Sunday, February 18, 2007


I've long been a fan of Vaclav Havel, former president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. Thanks to a link I followed from Dr. Vallicella's blog, I discovered the website of Vladimir Lifschitz, on whose front page is a link to an incredible 1991 speech by Havel regarding the temptations of power.

We would do well to read and heed Havel's words as we stand at the threshold of another peaceful transfer of power in the United States. And beyond politics, we would do well to reflect on how the temptations of power, privilege and authority can arise even outside the context of fame and fortune. Havel is saying Temet nosce, and he's right.


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