World’s First Global Atheistic Civilization Headed for Disaster: Former Czech President
By Hilary White
ROME, October 13, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The world’s first global and deliberately atheistic civilization is heading for disaster, the first president of the modern Czech Republic told an audience this week. Vaclav Havel, one of the most respected political and literary figures in recent European history, said that the West “has lost its connection with the infinite and with eternity,” with the result that “endless consumer collectivism is giving birth to a new type of loneliness.”
The West’s disconnection from eternity, he said, “is why it always gives priority to short-time profit over long-term profit. It is important whether an investment returns within ten or 15 years, it is less important how it will influence the life of our descendants in one hundred years.”
Havel, a playwright, essayist and anti-communist dissident who was a key figure in the defeat of Soviet communism, served as the tenth and last President of the Soviet Bloc state of Czechoslovakia and as the first President of the Czech Republic from 1993–2003. Speaking at the opening of the Forum 2000 conference in Prague this week, Havel said that unless mankind comes to its senses and becomes more humble, its global, atheistic civilization is doomed...Read it all
Note: the characterization of a 'first global 'atheistic civilization'" would seem in itself to be ominous. I wonder if Havel's characterization is official, intended as precise, or whether he is speaking of the de facto consequence of radical secularization. If the former, then Soviet dissident Bukovksy's warning would seem to take on a new and ominous color (click). If the latter, it is sad enough.
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