Quotation by Václav Havel

Human beings are compelled to live within a lie, but they can be compelled to do so only because they are in fact capable of living in this way. Therefore not only does the system alienate humanity, but at the same time alienated humanity supports this system as its own involuntary masterplan, as a degenerate image of its own degeneration, as a record of people's own failure as individuals.
Václav Havel (b. 1936), Czechosolvakian playwright, president. "The Power of the Powerless," pt. 1, sect. 6, Living in Truth (1986).
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