Discurso de Harold Pinter


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"There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.' I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?"(...)
"But, as I told myself at the time, our beginnings never know our ends."(...)
"But as I have said, the search for the truth can never stop. It cannot be adjourned, it cannot be postponed. It has to be faced, right there, on the spot."(...)
"Political theatre presents an entirely different set of problems. Sermonising has to be avoided at all cost. Objectivity is essential. The characters must be allowed to breathe their own air. The author cannot confine and constrict them to satisfy his own taste or disposition or prejudice. He must be prepared to approach them from a variety of angles, from a full and uninhibited range of perspectives, take them by surprise, perhaps, occasionally, but nevertheless give them the freedom to go which way they will.This does not always work. And political satire, of course, adheres to none of these precepts, in fact does precisely the opposite, which is its proper function."(...)
"One sometimes forgets that torturers become easily bored. They need a bit of a laugh to keep their spirits up. This has been confirmed of course by the events at Abu Ghraib in Baghdad."(...)
"Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed."(...)
"It means that you infect the heart of the country, that you establish a malignant growth and watch the gangrene bloom. When the populace has been subdued - or beaten to death - the same thing - and your own friends, the military and the great corporations, sit comfortably in power, you go before the camera and say that democracy has prevailed. This was a commonplace in US foreign policy in the years to which I refer."(...)
"They died because they dared to question the status quo, the endless plateau of poverty, disease, degradation and oppression, which had been their birthright. The United States finally brought down the Sandinista government. It took some years and considerable resistance but relentless economic persecution and 30,000 dead finally undermined the spirit of the Nicaraguan people. They were exhausted and poverty stricken once again. The casinos moved back into the country. Free health and free education were over. Big business returned with a vengeance. 'Democracy' had prevailed."(...)
"Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them.You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis."(...)
"Listen to all American presidents on television say the words, 'the American people', as in the sentence, 'I say to the American people it is time to pray and to defend the rights of the American people and I ask the American people to trust their president in the action he is about to take on behalf of the American people.'It's a scintillating stratagem. Language is actually employed to keep thought at bay. The words 'the American people' provide a truly voluptuous cushion of reassurance. You don't need to think. Just lie back on the cushion. The cushion may be suffocating your intelligence and your critical faculties but it's very comfortable. This does not apply of course to the 40 million people living below the poverty line and the 2 million men and women imprisoned in the vast gulag of prisons, which extends across the US."(...)
"What has happened to our moral sensibility? Did we ever have any? What do these words mean? Do they refer to a term very rarely employed these days - conscience? A conscience to do not only with our own acts but to do with our shared responsibility in the acts of others? Is all this dead?"(...)
"The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law. The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public; an act intended to consolidate American military and economic control of the Middle East masquerading - as a last resort - all other justifications having failed to justify themselves - as liberation. A formidable assertion of military force responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands and thousands of innocent people."(...)
"Well, Tony Blair wasn't holding him in his arms, nor the body of any other mutilated child, nor the body of any bloody corpse. Blood is dirty. It dirties your shirt and tie when you're making a sincere speech on television."(...)
"When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror - for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us. I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory. If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man."
Harold Pinter,
Discurso para a cerimónia de entrega do Prémio Nobel da Literatura 2005


5 Respostas a “Discurso de Harold Pinter”

  1. Anonymous fatimarosado 

    será a lucidez no limiar da eternidade?

  2. Anonymous v. LEAL BARROS 

    não sei se será... sei é que discursos como o de Pinter numa cerimónia com a credibilidade desta são raros, infelizmente... fátima, lembra-se da nossa última conversa por e-mail? é caso para dizer que ainda existem casos em que a humanidade supera a obra, ou melhor, a obra é apenas um veículo para a partilha dessa humanidade... nem tudo está perdido e eu sou um optimista!

  3. Anonymous Luís 

    Já conhecia. É fantástico.
    Um abraço

  4. Anonymous c.s.a. 

    Um sonoro grito de revolta.

    Os escritores afinal ainda servem para alguma coisa... reconfortou-me.

  5. Anonymous Lu 

    Isto reforça a minha crença de que os artistas PRECISAM envolver-se socialmente. Há os que defendem a arte pela arte, a fruição, o deleite, o entretenimento como a única função da Arte... não serei eu a podar suas intenções e desejos profundos, há espaço para tudo no mundo. Aos defensores desta vertebte, digo que apenas não comungam comigo a vida. A função estética é inerente ao conceito de Arte, é algo intrínseco. Mas e depois disso? Quais são os outros caminhos possíveis?

    Esse discurso lembrou-me aquela máxima que diz algo mais ou menos assim: todo o conhecimento é limitado, mas a estupidez humana não tem limites.

    Tomara que tenhamos tempo de perceber a vida por trás da vida.

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