The Search for the Meaning of Our Existence

atkins bookshelf quotations“Apart from what is intrinsic to all living beings, the most fundamental human needs are freedom and the search for the meaning of our existence, of everything that surrounds us and which we are part of.

Culture reflects the emancipation of the human spirit and a striving to understand human existance. Were we to find ourselves at the imaginary beginning of humankind, I am sure that the first thing to be created would be culture. What form it would assume is another matter.”

Vaclav Havel (1936-2011), Czech writer, dissident, and last president of Czechoslovakia, and after helping to topple communism, became the first president of the Czech Republic. Havel wrote over 25 plays and 9 nonfiction books. His best known plays include The Garden Party (1963) and The Memorandum (1968).


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