Often we don't find these words used in tandem: president and playwright.
Throughout time artists have been rebels, the outliers, stunning the populace with their "weird" ideas that, eventually, get integrated into the mainstream--as even more "weird" ideas are getting introduced. This is the cycle of which the artist is essential. As a rebel and a dissident, Vaclav Havel changed his country, changed the world--by the jangling of keys, with thousands of BIC lighters held high in the square. By promoting art and peace, lightness and brightness through performance, he took his plays to a wider stage.
Can you and I start a revolution today? The wall of commerce/commercialism/the general appetite for MORE OF THE SAME is a wall, a fence that can either keep us in or we can decide to break through.
I grew up in a home that didn't especially value books or story--when all I ever wanted was to read and invent. I had to step outside that environment and find a new tribe, a home of my own making where if left to ourselves my husband and daughter and I would read and write all day. Okay we also like movies and sitting around talking, and we do own a TV. But the number of books far exceeds the inches of the TV.
How to start a revolution--start by keeping literacy alive, staying open to new ideas, listening.
Thank you Mr. Havel.