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by Václav Havel

Václav Havel (photo: ist)

It IS an intellectual - thanks to his efforts that stubborn in dive happenings, look for causal relationships, aware of the individual as part of a larger entity, and then become aware of the world, was responsible for it - is tied to politics?

If so, I got the impression that every intellectual has a duty to intervene in politics. However, it must really absurd. Politics has a large number of requirements that should only be applied to himself. There are people who meet these requirements. Some are not. No matter apatah he's an intellectual.
I have confidence that the world is now more in need of wise and enlightened politicians have enough strong mind and insight to be able to weigh up all the things that are far ahead.
We need politicians who are willing to overcome all the interests of the power, even 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.
Before, there was never a situation when politics is so dependent on the moment, the mood of the public and the media is so easy to change. In the past, politicians never so lusting after all the short-term nature and appear blurred.
For me, the lives of many politicians today simply moving from television news they watch when night to survey public opinion, which was held the next day. I'm not entirely sure this era, which filled the media, encourage politicians to rise up and grow into a class of Winston Churchill. I actually doubt it. Of course there are always exceptions.
In short: we are increasingly minimal time to elect politicians who are willing to take the time to think, the higher our need for such politicians. In the end, it will be increasingly many intellectuals - at least that meets the requirements that I asked - that should be welcomed to join in the political sphere. Support can come from people or groups who have never involved in politics, but agreed to have the politicians. At least, they were able to share the same ethos.
Objection of course there is. The politicians should be selected. Public vote for a candidate who they think have the mind line. If someone wants to have a smooth political career, he must understand the state of the human mind in general. He must respect the views of ordinary voters. A politician, like it or not like it, should be a mirror.
He would not be the bearer of unpopular truth: an honor that, from the standpoint of humanity, considered not so urgent for most voters.
I believe that the political aims to meet the expectations of the long-term. A politician should be able to captivate the public through his ideas, even though unpopular. Politics requires voters who believe that the politician is out of a problem than the voters. For that reason, the voters should vote for him. Public thereby delegating certain issues which they do not understand or be a burden to the mind of a politician. But he, the politicians, have to work around on their behalf.
Of course, the mass persuaders, prospective tyrant, or fanatical groups, 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 rule arbitrarily.
The real art of politics is the way to win the hearts of the public to support the noble goals despite how it collides with the public interest. The political art are possible without sacrificing way of achieving that lofty goal. Thus, citizens not led to a culture of lies.
Intellectual foul was really there. They exaggerate their intellect more than anyone. They boasted that if the public does not understand the brightness of 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 a wide range of modern dictatorship!
A good politician should be able to describe the information without having to catapult-persuasion persuasion. 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 mass media and the public that giddy.
In the political sphere as it is, the intellectual should be able to make the public feel their presence in two ways. They may have positions and uses his position to do things that are considered true by the public. They were not there to defend his power alone. Secondly, 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 carried out by many intellectuals in politics in the past. []
*) Václav Havel served as President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003), the last President of Czechoslovakia (1989-1993), and the author of 21 plays. He died on December 18, 2011.
*) Translated from page
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