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by Vaclav HAVEL

Václav Havel (photo: ist)

WHAT an intellectual that - thanks to the stubborn efforts explore the happenings, look for cause-effect relationships, aware of individuals as part of a larger entity, and then become aware of the world, was responsible for it - tied to politics?

If so, I got the impression that every intellectual has a duty to intervene in politics. However, the requirement does not make sense. Politics has a large number of requirements that should be charged only to himself. There are those who meet the requirements. Some are not. No matter let alone he was an intellectual.
I have confidence that the world is now more in need of wise and enlightened politicians have considerable insight and a strong mind to be able to weigh all the things that are far ahead.
We need politicians who are willing to address all the interests of the power and the interests of the party or state. We need them to take action in line with the interests of humanity today; namely how to behave properly even though many of them will fail.
Previously, there was never a political situation when so dependent on the moment, on the mood of the public and the media are so easily changed. In the past, politicians not been so eager to pursue any short-term nature and appear blurred.
For me, life is just a lot of politicians currently moving from television news when they watch the evening to a public opinion survey that was held the next day. I'm not entirely sure of this era, which is crowded with media, encouraging politicians to grow up and become a class Winston Churchill. I actually doubt it. Of course there are always exceptions.
In short: we increasingly lack the time to choose the politicians who want to take the time to think, the higher we will need that kind of politician. In the end, there will also be more and more intellectuals - at least that meets the requirements that I asked - which should be welcomed to join in the political sphere. Support can come from the people or groups involved in politics but never agreed to have the politician. At least, they were able to share the same ethos.
The objection of course there is. The politicians should be selected. Public to vote for candidates who they think have thought line. If someone wants to have a smooth political career, he must understand the state of the human mind in general. He should respect the views of the voters lay. A politician, like it or not like it, should be a mirror.
He would not be the bearer of unpopular truth: an honor that is, from the standpoint of humanity, considered not so urgent for most voters.
I believe that the political aim to meet the long-term expectations. A politician must be able to captivate the public through his ideas, even unpopular though. Politics requires voters who believe that the politicians know better than the voters an issue. For that reason, the voters should vote for him. Public can thus delegate certain issues that they do not understand or become a burden to the mind of a politician. But he, the politicians, have to work around this on their behalf.
Obviously, the mass persuader, potential tyrants, or fanatics group, have used this argument to sue: the communists never changed when they declare themselves as enlightened group. From that statement, they seemed to have the right to govern as they wish.
The real art of politics is the way to win the hearts of the public to support a noble goal even though the way it collides with the public interest. The politics of art are possible without sacrificing how to achieve that lofty goal. Thus, no citizen led to a culture of lies.
Intellectual rot that really exist. They exaggerate their intellect more than anyone. They boast that if the public does not understand the brilliance an intellectual project offered, it is because the public mind barren. This century, recognizing the intellectual rot - or rather pretend intellectual - is not too difficult. Let us remember how many intellectuals who contributed to creating the various modern dictatorships!
A good politician should be able to describe the information without having to throw enticements. He must have the humility to seek the truth without having to claim it as his own truth. He also had to remind the public of the quality of their self. He should not be subject to the mass media and the public nervous.
In the political sphere as such, the public intellectuals should be able to make their presence felt in two ways. They may have positions and using his position to do things that are considered true by the public. They are not there to defend his power alone. Second, they become a mirror for officials and ensure that they are doing something noble. They do not give promises as sweet as a cover crimes that have been committed by many intellectuals in the political arena in the past. []
*) Václav Havel served as President of the Republic of Cheque (1993-2003), the last President of Czechoslovakia (1989-1993), and the author of 21 plays. He died on December 18, 2011.
*) Translated from the pages www.project-syndicate.org
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