"If people are willing, in extreme situations, to shed their own blood for freedom, they have a greater chance of actually gaining that freedom than if they are not willing to do so . . . But I would immediately add another important thing: such decisions cannot be made for others. If you wish to sacrifice your life for our common freedom, you may. If I wish to sacrifice my life, I may. But neither of us have any right to compel anyone else to do it, or not to ask him and simply sacrifice his life." ~ Václav Havel (1986)
In The Guardian
today you can find this longish, sympathetic primer
for the Miró exhibition
opening soon at The Tate Modern. This gives me an opportunity to follow up on two earlier posts - here
- that I wrote a short while back in reply to a column by Jonathan Jones, also in The Guardian.
Jones admonishes Miró (and by extension everyone who voices political criticisms without setting off for the front) for lacking the courage of his political convictions. I thought his complaints were - politely - wholly unfair. I still do. I will resist the temptation to explain once again why that is so. But the article today gives me the opportunity to invoke this remark from Havel as yet another follow-up. Moralism of the sort Jones purveys is facile and politically dangerous.
Labels: Joan Miró, Political Not Ethical, Václav Havel