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Michael Novak

Datum narození: 9. září 1933

Michael Novak je americký katolický filozof, novinář, spisovatel a diplomat. Je autorem více než 25 knih, v nichž se zabývá filozofickými a teologickými, ale i ekonomickými tématy. Jeho nejznámějším dílem je kniha Duch demokratického kapitalismu z roku 1982.

V letech 1981–1982 Novak pracoval jako americký diplomatický zástupce v Radě pro lidská práva OSN. Čtyři roky poté pak vedl americkou delegaci při jednání KBSE. V roce 1994 obdržel Templetonovu cenu.

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„Američané každé čtyři roky volí krále a nejen jeho, ale i nejvyššího kněze a proroka. “

„Dnes se věci mají tak, že jediné slovo (které nejde použít) ve vážném rozhovoru, aniž by se to někoho dotklo, je Bůh.“


„I need not to be afraid of the void. The void is part of my person. I need to enter consciously into it. To try to escape from it is to try to live a lie. It is also to cease to be. My acceptance of despair and emptiness constitutes my being; to have the courage to accept despair is to be.“ Experience of Nothingness

„During the next hundred years, the question for those who love liberty is whether we can survive the most insidious and duplicitous attacks from within, from those who undermine the virtues of our people, doing in advance the work of the Father of Lies. “There is no such thing as truth,” they teach even the little ones. “Truth is bondage. Believe what seems right to you. There are as many truths as there are individuals. Follow your feelings. Do as you please. Get in touch with your self. Do what feels comfortable.” Those who speak in this way prepare the jails of the twenty-first century. They do the work of tyrants.“

„A man is too insignificant to be preoccupied with his failures. All of the energy he has is required for attending to the loneliness, the pain, the needs of others.“ Experience of Nothingness

„The choice to remain faithful to the drive to question (the fertile source of the experience of nothingness) brings with it an obscure joy. For to be faithful to that drive... is to be constantly expanding one's horizon, constantly losing one's life, and constantly regaining it. It is to be as alert to other persons, to situations, and to events as one can: to their fragility and terror, as well as to their obscure coherence and often veiled beauty. To be faithful to the drive to question is to accept despair as one's due, to accept risk as one's condition, and to accept the crumbs of discovery as joy. [... ] The darkness is habitable... Those who accept the darkness as their lot are instantly secure, not through some newfound solidity but through the perception that insecurity is man's natural state, a truthful state, a healthy state.“ Experience of Nothingness

„A friend asks if I know the difference between a saint and a martyr: A saint is someone who radiates goodness and bears no faults. A martyr is someone who lives with a saint.“

„Love is a willingness to sacrifice.“


„We can talk about human dignity, but where is it?“ Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative

„Intercourse is the organic expression of two psyches, not a mechanical plugging in.“

„Of course. A new consciousness - I that that is the word,' said the old man after he had thought a moment. 'That is what I hope it is. You and your African and Colombian, you are speaking the same language now, you know the same ideas. You are conscious that life on earth is flux. Men are better educated. They are more disciplined than in the past - their schedules are harder, their lives move faster, efficiency digs into them. Men are more sophisticated -every day they have more alternatives to choose among than they can possibly exhaust. Through psychiatry they know their strengths and weaknesses. They know the risks of every choice. This is what I mean by consciousness. Men know so much about everything they do. It was much simpler when they didn't know, when they simply acted out of instinct, believed from instinct, loved from instinct, brought up children by their instincts. Perhaps people were even happier. But now we are more conscious. We have got to live with our greater knowledge. We have got to live with our greater freedom.“ The Tiber Was Silver

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