Alena Kavka is a student in her last year of high school at Western Springs College. Faced with the impending uncertainties of adult life, she spends most of her time looking at photos of cats on the internet and crying.
- "So the concern that Havel raises is: why does the Lecturer feel that he has to place the sign on his door?"
- "My managers know that I have fulfilled my part and that I have obeyed the order’."
- "And, as Havel argues, ‘they are both victims of the system and its instruments’."
- "The fellow staff members may not notice or even ignore the sign if it is displayed, as these signs are on every door."
- "He knows and understands that it is only a game, and he accepts its rules and plays his part well."
- "If Lecturers did not exhibit their public approval with the system, they would be ‘excluded, fall into isolation, alienate themselves from society, break the rules of the game, and risk the loss of their peace and tranquility and security’, no matter how fake and artificial these options may be."
- "Now you need to make sure that all signs are in place in your campus.’ This produces what Havel refers to as the ‘social auto-totality’."
- "The Lecturer is already active in various semi-public domains, as he may have volunteered to take on extra workload to support the University operations, and may have participated in University committees."
- "Rewriting Havel, this is the message that the Lecturer conveys as he displays the sign: ‘I, the [Lecturer] XY, work here, and I know what I must do."
- "Lectures are supervised and controlled, but at the same time they are the controllers and supervisors of each other."