Rozhovor Britských listů 377. Kdyby média informovala o osudech mrtvých, lidem by došlo, co jim způsobili mocní [If the media told people about the individual predicaments of the people who have died, the citizens would realise what the powerful have done to them]

Čulík, J. and Vlasák, R. (2021) Rozhovor Britských listů 377. Kdyby média informovala o osudech mrtvých, lidem by došlo, co jim způsobili mocní [If the media told people about the individual predicaments of the people who have died, the citizens would realise what the powerful have done to them]. [Audio]

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Abstract

"There is just one reason why the Czech media do not tell the public the individual stories of the people who have died of covid. The media are afraid that if they told these stories, people would realise what tragedy has been created in this country by the powerful. Numbers are neutral. What happened in Nazi concentration camps: You were deprived of your name and you were given a number. And this is what is happening today. People are losing their names and are being turned into numbers. This is not right. Every human being is entitled to retain their dignity. And their dignity must be protected by the Constitution and it is determined by our moral code. European society has been living under this moral code for two thousand years now. Within this moral code, the importance of each individual human life is emphasised by the story of Easter. "When our rules chose to pursue herd immunity, they cast doubt on the dignity of human life. This strategy is wrong. It is not worthy of human life and it must be categorically rejected from the moral point of view. For God, each and every human being has its unique value. Whoever casts doubt on this, behaves the same way as the totalitarian regimes did. It is the cruel truth that during the 2020 autumn wave of the pandemic, as many people died in the Czech Republic as they did during the Heydrich massacres under the Nazi occupation. That was the greatest tragedy of Czech history. It is good to know this. It is good to speak about this and it is good to protest against this time of behaviour. "The captains of Czech industry simply do not want to close down their factories. As if they were not interested in human lives. As if they were not interested that it is people who are working in their factories. They are only interested in profit. And here I must repeat the words of the Prophet: 'Gold and silver will not help them on the day of God's judgment'." This is an Easter contemplation by historian and theologian Richard Vlasák who talks to Jan Čulík. The interview was broadcast on the Czech cable TV station Regionalnitelevize.cz on Good Friday 2021, 1st April 2021.

Item Type:Audio
Keywords:Easter, coronavirus pandemic, Czech Republic, Czech economy, herd immunity, lockdown, Richard Vlasák, Jan Čulík, Jan Culík, Britské listy interviews.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Culik, Dr Jan
Authors: Čulík, J., and Vlasák, R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Slavonic Studies
Publisher:Britské listy, Regionalnitelevize.cz
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