Truth and Love


“Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred.”

-Vaclav Havel

I came upon a table and chairs not far from the John Lennon Wall, stopping to sit in a seat of understatement near the legendary political platform that has lost its way with time. At first the Wall was a place to honour the memory of Lennon, but it morphed for a season into a place of protest behind the Iron Curtain. Now it’s where tourists affix sticky notes with declarations like ‘I HEART ISABELLE’ or ‘ONE DAY SUZY WILL BE HERE’, just two of the florescent squares pasted over decades of art. Proudly in front of the dime store souvenirs, the dreaded selfie.Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 9.10.49 PM I walked past and felt disappointed. I didn’t stay long.

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Further on, Vaclav’s bench is a quiet place designed by Czech architect, Borek Sipek, that offsets the protest wall with a simple statement of practicality. A gentle word where no one has yet thought to bring graffiti. I took my seat under the linden tree tarnished with fall leaves with no one watching, no one making the peace sign, no one talking, really. The peaceful mini square is hushed and quaint; reflective. On this day, the quiet voice of truth and love speak louder to me than the vacarme of tourism. I am glad to be a dreamer. I am glad to seek harmony with Vaclav among the din of thoughtlessness.

Truth and love take more thought and mastery than lies and hatred; I walk to keep learning.

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