Awesome Young Thinkers Week: Srećko Horvat

This is our special week of awesome young thinkers (among other things) who have achieved great success through determination and having an innovative mindset. Understanding the world comes with enthusiasm, will and passion and these attributes must constantly be nurtured. In order to create innovation in whichever professional field and aspect of life, the process itself is far more important than any outcome. What’s interesting about this is process is how much self-development it actually takes, and here’s where mentors, superheroes and all forms of inspiration is crucial. Walk with us and get to know five great young thinkers who have understood all of this.

Who is this?
This is Srećko Horvat. 

What does he do?
Srećko is a young philosopher, author and political activist, well-known for his ideas on societies and has been featured in several media channels. He frequently holds lectures on universities and festivals around the world and his videos on YouTube are widely shared among young people. Being a Croatian, his views and ideas are influenced by Yugoslavia and all of the crap that this former country got itself into. Well worth mentioning is that he’s known as well to be outspoken and not bullshit anyone, a personality that which has got him into a slight little bit of trouble at times.

Here’s a quote:
“And the phrase says, ‘Everything must change so that everything can stay the same’. Before I try to answer if this is really true, I’ll give you a joke to describe this situation and have to warn you, it’s a pretty dirty joke. But we from the Balkans as you probably know, like to tell dirty jokes. So you have two men walking through the desert, for days and days. They are thirsty and hungry and they don’t have anything to eat, they don’t have any idea, any utopia – they don’t have any hope they will survive actually. And so one day, after days of walking, they find a camel dung, camel shit. One of them suggests to the other, ‘Look, if you eat this shit I’ll give you 100 euros.’

And the other is surprised and I mean, what can he do? He’s in the desert, it’s fucking boring, so he eats the shit. And that he’s not thinking ‘what the hell have I done? I ate shit and I earned 100 euros but I can’t spend the money in the desert.’ So they both walked for another couple of days, for a week, a month, they’re still not dead and then they find another camel dung. And the second who ate the camel dung approaches his fellow traveler and says ‘OK, if you now will eat the shit, I will return your 100 euros. And the other immediately eats the shit and then he starts to scream ‘come on, what sorts of idiots we are. All we did is that you ate shit, I ate shit, I gave you the 100 euros, you gave me the 100 euros back and nothing happened.’

And then the other guy says ‘no, no, no, that’s not the truth. Look at what we did actually. We ate shit and you ate shit and you gave me 100 euros and I returned 100 euros but the most important thing is the circulation of capital.’”

– Srećko Horvat, lecture at the Social Context conference

What’s the magic about this person?
Srećko is a healthy force of humor and serious criticism in a world currently being a little bit, you know, lacking of personality. This young philosopher shows the ridiculous ideas that have been and still are part of national, regional and international policies and he’s being generous with the colorful rhetoric in describing his own views. Not only that, but he is highly self-aware, both in terms of his role as a philosopher but also what his national and regional background contributes with his work. Since he seems to know what he’s doing, he isn’t afraid to pull a dirty joke here and there, which is genius. It’s a brilliant way of directing a fun emotion to a fun real concept in this world.  It’s the kind of guy you’d love to share a coffee with, and possibly also someone who you would like to bring along to a political meeting – anywhere. That’d be quite a party.

Why would you give a solid piece of [insert appropriate word] about all of this?
Because this young man is very interested, and does contribute quite a lot in terms of adding new perspectives to both old and newer mindsets. Long gone are the days where simply age determined whether you’re qualified to be a philosopher and present critique. Today, we’ve got the pleasure to live in a time where we actually pay more attention to what ideas people bring to the table, and Srećko does so in a genius way. He’s passionate about his subject and doesn’t seem to want to force his thoughts upon other peeps, but simply ask questions and tell stories that might (or might not) awoke a critical mindset.

Bringing critique to the spotlight isn’t about the critique itself, but about what sort of ideas may come from having that critical view as a starting point in looking at thing in this world. Srećko has full understanding for this and enjoys his time in helping other people to gain this knowledge as well. Without killing their brain, which is nice.

His ability to see the world, analyze it and bring out fun and pathetic parts of it in a way that normal people can understand is what it’s all about. That’s because everyone likes to hear a story to which they can relate and do so on various levels – and whether we’d like to admit it or not, nobody does it like a great philosopher.

Now to the video, check him out: 

Did you enjoy this article? We’ve got three more published over here, here and here. The final great young thinker will be introduced tomorrow, stay tuned for that!

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