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Civilizationís Thin Veneer

by Vaclav Havel - 2008

The identity of this civilization does not lie merely in similar forms of dress, or similar drinks, or in the constant buzz of the same commercial music all around the world, or even in international advertising. It lies in something deeper: thanks to the modern idea of constant progress, with its inherent expansionism, and to the rapid evolution of science that comes directly from it, our planet has, for the first time in the long history of the human race, been covered in the space of a very few decades by a single civilization, one that is essentially technological.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 35-39
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22820, Date Accessed: 8/12/2020 11:27:42 PM

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  • Vaclav Havel
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    Dramatist and dissident, Vaclav Havel dedicated his life to the Czechoslovak intellectual opposition. For standing by his convictions he spent five years in prison. He was elected president of Czechoslovakia in 1989 and of the Czech Republic in 1993. This commencement address was delivered at Harvard University in May 1995.
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