Today the Nobel Committee announced Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” A writer and former literature professor at Beijing Normal University, Mr. Liu is the first resident of mainland China to become a Nobel Laureate. He is also only the third to receive the award while being imprisoned. You can learn more about Liu Xiabo here and here.
“I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.
I believe that even amid today’s motor bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men.
I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land.
‘And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.’
I still believe that we shall overcome.”
–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., excerpted from his Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964, Oslo, Norway
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2010 and beyond! Celebrate and be good.