A Piece That Should Disturb
by Timothy Lusch
An Unsettling Peace
Disturbing the Peace by Vaclav Havel
We are of an age that talks more about peace than lives in it. Vaclav Havel, poet, playwright, essayist, dissident anti-communist, and eventual president of the Czech Republic, knew this intimately. For decades, he lived and worked under the tyranny of communism, the utopian lie that lingers in our politics today. The promise persists that all our needs can be met by the State. But the truth lies beneath in the cost to our humanity. Millions murdered, freedom forfeited, and spirits crushed. Sounds great doesn’t it? Reading Havel reminds us that in making ourselves the center of the universe, we lose our Center.
As soon as man began considering himself the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it.