(This essay was the winner of a contest of student essays sponsored by the Vaclav Havel Library to mark the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.)
When the adolescent spirit reflects on questions of the world and humanity’s place in it, it is impossible to ignore the ubiquitous paradoxes of being.
There is no other word than “paradox” to describe fully the absurdity of an era that seems to have no place in history. This absurdity is apparent everywhere in the world, but perhaps no place illustrates it as perfectly as the Czech Republic.
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