Vaclav Havel on responsibility

We too can offer something to you: our experience and knowledge that has come from it. The specific experience I am talking about has given me one certainty: consciousness preceded being and not the other way around, as the Marxists claim. For this reason, the salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and in human responsibility.

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The Dalai Lama on individual action

As always in fact, the living incarnation of compassion seems never to have lost his hold on humanity. “Sometimes,’ he admits, “I wonder whether my efforts really have any effect; I sometimes feel that unless there is a bigger movement, the bigger issues will not change. But how to start this bigger movement? Originally, it must come from individual initiative.”

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