Desert Creek House

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About generosity  About nonviolence  About community  About Aboriginal people and us  Traditional cultures  About our practice at DCH  By Vaclav Havel  By Elie Wiesel

Texts for reflexion

Texts concerning DCH

1) Texts by other writers:
About generosity  About nonviolence  Traditional cultures  By Vaclav Havel  By Elie Wiesel

After our community day and sharing about generosity (26th May), Jen provides here her text for further reflection: After our community day and sharing about nonviolent communication (28th April), Sunny proposes the following texts for further reflexion: Traditional cultures Texts by Vaclav Havel (1936-2011), writer and so called "dissident" under the prosovietic regime; then President of Czekoslovakia (1989-92), first President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003:
  • President talk - 1st January 1999 - 2p
    In his inaugural talk to the nation, Vaclav Havel explains how we are all responsible for the evolution of our own national society; we are all actors in present history. It means we share the responsibility for what we have created together, even in a totalitarian regime, as the one which had then just been replaced by a new born democracy in Czekoslovakia.
  • The Power of the Powerless (1978) - 47p
    This text has been written by Vaclav Havel for the Polish trade Union Solidarnosc as a description of what it means to live within the truth. It describes what is true "dissidence" (as the media at that time used to name the form of resistance that developed in Eastern European countries. This text is fascinating because it can be read on many levels:
    1) As a historical document that illustrates how people in the opposition in soviet dominated countries understood their commitment to justice and truth.
    2) As a description in what consists resistance under a totalitarian regime.
    3) As an inspiration for finding a true life attitude in face of any ideology, wheter it is totalitarian as in then soviet dominated countries or whether it is capitalist under the domination and exploitation of market economy that imposes a pattern of thinking and living.
    4) Or finally as a call for living a free spiritual life (living within the truth) at the image of Jesus Christ, or of people such as Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King or similar, who have been in their own way "great dissidents" par excellence.
Texts by Elie Wiesel (1928-2016), Holocaust surviver and writer:
  • 3) Indifference - 3p. Talk at the Seventh White House Millennium Evening, Washington - 12 April 1999.
    This is a fascinating accusation of indifference.
    I'm not sure I can follow E. Wiesel in his enthousiasm for the Kosovo intervention, but it describes nevertheless his attitude.

2) Texts for general reflexion (by us):

A reflexion about the meaning of community in our modern world: 3) Texts concerning the relationship between Aboriginal people and us:

What can we do at DCH to discover a true connexion to Aboriginal people and culture?
4) Texts concerning more specifically the practice at DCH:

A reflexion about our practice and future at DCH:

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