Dialogues on Sustainability, Leadership and Resilience
Today's achievement of passing 500 members is indeed something to be celebrated. I, too, am a great admirer of Vaclav Havel both as a playright and essayist. The lines you quote come from a speech made in 1994, and the conclusion of his speech is the following declaration: Transcendence [is] the only real alternative to extinction. It's not a faith-based conclusion (certainly not in Abrahamic sense). He does not, nota bene, say Salvation is the only alternative to extinction.
Personally, I haven't got there yet; I'm still busy de-encrusting myself of anything gnostic, and trying to wear the cloak of rationality with comfort. Maybe I will get nearer to where Havel was in 1994, if I live long enough.
Sadly, on this same day that I received your 500 member email, the New York Times reported that Newt Gingrich is the man most likely to win Iowa. I know this is not a politcal forum, but it does seem to me that the something [that] is on the way out, that is crumbling, decaying, and exhausting itself, is not yet ready to accept that it is on the way out, and is a monster that in its death throes will thrash around and do a great deal of damage.
And in the meantime, over on a different channel, the soap opera of the rape of Africa is having another re-run, albeit with a fresh cast.
If this post sounds improperly pessimistic for this forum, maybe it's because I spent yesterday evening listening to some of Harold Pinter's most uncompromising, Orwellian imaginings on the New World Order: Mountain Language and One for the Road. Oh, and I've just become a grandfather.
Pinter and Havel. Now there are some sacred texts for us all to consider.
The Havel link:http://www.worldtrans.org/whole/havelspeech.html
Harold Pinter Plays: Four ISBN:9780571232239