“The struggle of man against power has to be a struggle of memory against forgetting.”― The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Czech novelist Milan Kundera
On a blank page of my copy of Kundera’s book, I have scribbled a few lines about my backpacking experience in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic:
“The Prague Spring was born in 1968, almost two decades before my birth.
Where I was standing, Czech people had once made a stand against the fast-approaching Soviet tanks.
An elderly lady who spoke English told me that, ever since those memorable days, church bells had never failed to chime in regularly to keep alive the spirit of the Prague Spring.
‘We forgive. We don’t forget.’ Smiling, she strolled away.”
—— Lingyang Jiang