Sir Laurens Van der Post

Dialogues with Sir Laurens Van der Post: A Mythic Journey, Part 1

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From his home in London, this is the first of a rare and fascinating series of talks with one of the giants of the 20th century, the late, Sir Laurens Van der Post, whose life is an inspiration. Adventurer, soldier, statesman, writer and philosopher, Van der Post addresses the major issues of our time–and the results are riveting. Among the topics Sir Laurens addresses are:  the election of Nelson Mandela and the future of South Africa, and its role as a mirror for the nations of the world to project upon; the death of the age of leaders; the mythic origins of Hitler and Nazism; the Christ within; the fact of evil; the importance of personal dreams; his extraordinary experience of surviving three and a half years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, and the surprising aftermath; and why he went into the bush country of the Kalahari desert before returning home after ten years of war.

Adventurer, soldier, statesman, writer and philosopher, and the author of many books, his latest is Feather Fall: The Essence of a Lifetime’s Writing from One of Our Century’s Most Respected Figures (Wm. Morrow 1994).

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • Mandela and the future of South Africa
  • Why this the end of the age of leaders
  • What are the mythic origins of Hitler and Nazism
  • What is evil and the Christ within
  • What is the importance of personal dreams
  • His extraordinary experience in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp
  • His sojourn in the Kalahari desert after World War II.

Program Number: 2473       Hosted by: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 5/1/1994

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