Distinguising Right from Wrong, Hope - Lessons of the Watchman
Flagg Taylor presented the book "The Long Night of the Watchman: Essays by Václav Benda,1977-1989," at FIU in Washington, D.C., with remarks by Martin Palous and Benda's widow, Kamila Bendová on February 13, at 6 pm. Taylor spoke of the powerful moral lessons of the book in today's world. Bendová reiterated this point saying at the conclusion of the event that one of the most important lessons for today "is to be able to distinguish right from wrong." Palouš in turn stated that it is important "to make a distinction between truth and lies....to be able to turn hopelessness into hope..."
Renowned Czech anti-Communist dissident and Catholic thinker Václav Benda (1946-1999) was an earlier signatory of Charter 77 and served twice as the association's spokesperson. He was a founding member of the Committee to Defend the Unjustly Persecuted (VONS) and served a four-year prison sentence for his dissident activities. Benda was a keen analyst of totalitarianism; his essays delve deeply into life under a communist regime.
The event was sponsored by the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at FIU, the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and FIU in DC.