Leonidas Donskis went to Lithuania after the plenary session in Strasbourg, where he dedicated Friday, 16 March, for meetings in the Šiauliai area. There were three meetings organised on that day in Radviliškis Lizdeikos high school, Šiauliai S. Daukantas high school and Šiauliai Community house. Although the auditorium and topics of the meetings varied, they were all united by the activeness, curiosity, openness for discussions and questions of the participants.
Before lunch Leonidas Donskis arrived at Radviliškis Lizdeikos high school were he met with pupils from this and other schools of Radviliškis and was involved in discussion on the topic "About tolerance without clichés and banalities." Firstly, L. Donskis presented a historical perspective of the development of tolerance, which was born as realisation that a country cannot control the soul and feelings of a human being. Then L. Donskis spoke about the rich and nice tolerance tradition in Lithuania, as the religious and ethnic differences had always been respected in this country. Nevertheless, it is not easy to tolerate differences when we live in a very open world. "We think about tolerance only if it is under consideration whether to tolerate ourselves," Leonidas Donskis spoke about situations when doubts concerning tolerance come up to the first plan.
Leonidas Donskis, under the request of the organisers, gave a lecture "Becoming modern Lithuania" during the meeting with teachers of history, ethics, other subjects, and pupils from upper classes in Šiauliai S. Daukantas high school. The guest looked through the circumstances and features of the birth of modern Lithuania, putting emphasis on it`s disappearance from the European map after being a powerful country of the middle ages, and stressed that its revival in XX century was largely based on the language and free choice of being Lithuanian or not.
According to L. Donskis, Lithuania has a typical European history, which could be taught as an important part of the European history as a whole. In contrast to most Western European countries that associate XIX and XX centuries with the loss of power, Lithuanian revival is an example of revitalisation and return to the family of European countries.
Last Friday a meeting was also arranged in Šiauliai Community house, where Leonidas Donskis was a guest of a club of intellectual debates. Leonidas Donskis participated in a discussion with a huge auditorium of people from Šiauliai on the topic "About tensions in modern societies in Lithuania and elsewhere". L. Donskis, who professionally explored the topic of hatred in his academic work, said that everything, even hatred, was organised in our rational society and became a daily and easily sold good. Today the new generation of politicians, entertainers and media are playing with the hatred card in a wise way. Since the boundaries between politics and show business disappeared with new technologies and means of communications, politicians keep losing their leading positions in the society, and they are no longer the ones who create vision and strategic goals. They focus their time and energy on being noticeable, unforgettable, and, in other words "politics is not at the forefront any more - it is merely following technologies".