Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Czech Mate! In Search of Bohemia

SANDRA LONDON ARCHIVED PHOTO-2005


TIMELESS BOHEMIAN INSIGHT AND TRANSFORMATION IN LITERARY FORM AS TOLD BY INFLUENTIAL CZECH VISIONARY, KAREL CAPEK OF BOHEMIA


1) "You can have a revolution wherever you like, except in a government office; even were the world to come to an end, you'd have to destroy the universe first and then government offices."-The Absolute At Large (1921)

2) The only perfection which modern civilisation achieves is mechanical; machines are magnificent and immaculate but the life which serves them or is served by them isn't magnificent or shiny or more perfect or more comely.-Letters From England (1921)

3) Robots of the world! Many people have fallen. By seizing the factory we have become the masters of everything. The age of mankind is over. A new world has begun! The rule of Robots- R.U.R.(1920)

4) Art must not serve might. 

5) I've found a place that would amaze you. People used to live there, but now it's all overgrown and no one goes there. Absolutely no one - only me... Just a little house and a garden. And two dogs.  

6)  If one must fight or create, it is necessary that this be preceded by the broadest possible knowledge."-On Relativism (1925)

7) "I certainly don't know if you could claim that every theft is wrong, but I'll prove to you that every theft is forbidden, by 
simply locking you up." 

8) "Man will never be enslaved by machinery if the man tending the machine be paid enough."

9) "Robots of the world, you are ordered to exterminate the human race. Do not spare the men. Do not spare the women. Preserve only the factories, railroads, machines, mines, and raw materials. Destroy everything else. Then return to work. Work must not cease." -R.U.R. (1920)

10) People should be a little loony, Helena, that's the best thing about them."-R.U.R. (1920)


-From selected works of Czech writer, Karel Capek (1890-1938), one of the first science fiction authors,coined the term "robot" and whose revolutionary prose inspired his contemporaries, like the first president of an independent Czech Republic (1918), Tomas Masaryk, as well as future leaders and iconic figures the world over.




BOHEMIA: THE MYTH. THE MYSTIQUE. THE SPIRIT.



"To take the world as one finds it, the bad with the good, making the best of the present moment—to laugh at Fortune alike whether she be generous or unkind—to spend freely when one has money, and to hope gaily when one has none—to fleet the time carelessly, living for love and art—this is the temper and spirit of the modern Bohemian in his outward and visible aspect. 


It is a light and graceful philosophy, but it is the Gospel of the Moment, this exoteric phase of the Bohemian religion; and if, in some noble natures, it rises to a bold simplicity and naturalness, it may also lend its butterfly precepts to some very pretty vices and lovable faults, for in Bohemia one may find almost every sin save that of Hypocrisy. ...


His faults are more commonly those of self-indulgence, thoughtlessness, vanity and procrastination, and these usually go hand-in-hand with generosity, love and charity; for it is not enough to be one’s self in Bohemia, one must allow others to be themselves, as well. ...


What, then, is it that makes this mystical empire of Bohemia unique, and what is the charm of its mental fairyland? It is this: there are no roads in all Bohemia! One must choose and find one’s own path, be one’s own self, live one’s own life."
^ Burgess, Gelett. "Where is Bohemia?" collected in The Romance of the Commonplace


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