I gradually came to realize that I was within a system which I had not chosen
Tomáš Kábrt was born on February 15, 1965. He grew up mostly among his peers, because his brother was eight years older. He gradually came to realize that he was actually living within a system which he opposed. He did not like the fact that he was forbidden from listening to music that he liked or reading books which he wanted to read. When he was a secondary school student, he and his friends started publishing their first magazines. When he was about twenty years old, he turned this activity into his main occupation and together with other people he was publishing magazines like Západočeský Průser (West Bohemian Shit) and Západočeský stress (West Bohemian Stress). He formed a music band called Luncheon Beat and he wrote lyrics for a better known band called Beatové družstvo (Beat Cooperative). In his lyrics he was reflecting his attitudes and opinions about the political regime. During this time he also became increasingly interested in ecology. He and his friends naively believed that if they left the regime alone, it would ignore them as well. However, suddenly there came arrests, summons for interrogations and they were being violently forced to stop their „anti-state“ activities. An important point in his life was an encounter with Christian believers, who gave a new direction to his life. November 1989 brought about new opportunities for him. Tomáš Kábrt got involved in the events following the Velvet Revolution in the Sokolov region and he organized the preparation of the first free election in Sokolov. At present he works as a journalist and lecturer at schools. He is feels very grateful for being able to live in freedom for already twenty-seven years. Even if this was to change, and if some totalitarian regime got to power again, nobody would be able to take those twenty-seven years away from him.