Would Canada, could Canada, ever elect a prime minister who had uttered the following?
"Everything I encounter displays to me its absurd aspect first. I feel as though I am constantly lagging behind powerful, self-confident men, ...essentially hateful,
deserving only mockery."
Playwright and president Vaclav Havel seems, to some, an unlikely leader. Social activist and philosopher, Havel was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for his involvement in the Czech civil rights movement in 1979. Only a decade later, he was elected president.
The Art of the Impossible is a collection of Havel's most thought-provoking writings on such subjects as democracy, the phenomenon of hate, the role of the intellectual, and the state of our global civilization. Together they comprise an overall philosophy of responsible existence and ethical politics, unlike any other put forth this century, and which we sorely need.