“I have no enemies and no hatred. Enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation’s progress towards freedom and democracy.”
– Liu Xiabo, Chinese writer and human rights activist
“I am O.K. Here in prison, I have continually been able to read and think. In my studies, I have become even more convinced I have no personal enemies.”
“I have no enemies and no hatred. None of the police who monitored, arrested, and interrogated me, none of the prosecutors who indicted me, and none of the judges who judged me are my enemies. Although there is no way I can accept your monitoring, arrests, indictments, and verdicts, I respect your professions and your integrity… Hatred can rot away at a person’s intelligence and conscience. Enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation’s progress towards freedom and democracy.”
– Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer and human rights activist
Here is a man fighting for change.
Not just for himself… but for an entire country.
Liu Xiaobo’s life is devoted to helping people in China by providing freedom of thought and expression, to help encourage democracy. Of allowing people to express what is in their minds and hearts. What a calling!
Sometimes, when thinking about change, we might wonder are we making a difference? Will it really matter? We may feel we are incapable of doing so. Or with our best efforts, we even get thrown in “jail!”
That jail might be the “doghouse” in:
- Your relationship with your wife or a friendship
- Trying to clean up your neighborhood’s park only to see it littered again
- Feeling left out of a birthday celebration
- Or being unconnected and isolated at work after working hours and hours!
Think about Professor Xiaobo… he is in a true jail. Yet he can still think, write and make a difference right there, in that cell.
He can affect the guards around him by being kind. He can review positive thoughts, strengthening his mind. He can be caring to other prisoners, uplifting their burdened hearts.
He can write, saving these valuable pieces for publication later. All of this leaves a strong mark on the people around him, and China’s future! It’s about his life and so many other people’s lives, and even a governing structure.
If you feel in “jail,” today, can you still be positive and do good? Absolutely you can. Outreach to someone with care, whoever seems to be in your “jail,” regardless of how they treat you. Forgive yourself, and your wife. Be persistent in cleaning up your corner of the world. Invite someone to a gathering who perhaps left you out.
You can make a small part of your world a better place. Without knowing it, you might even help encourage a burgeoning democracy within your home or social group. 😃 You have a beautiful life — it is meant to be used for good, right now.
Liu Xiaobo is a renowned literary critic, writer, and political activist based in Beijing. Liu Xiaobo was a professor at Beijing Normal University and has worked as a visiting scholar at several universities outside of China, including the University of Oslo, the University of Hawaii, and Columbia University in New York City. In the Spring of 1989, Liu Xiaobo left his post at Columbia University and returned to Beijing to play a crucial role in the spreading pro-democracy movement, staging a hunger strike in Tiananmen Square in support of the students and leading calls for a sustainable democratic movement. He was instrumental in preventing even further bloodshed in the Square by supporting and advancing a call for non-violence on the part of the students. On December 10, 2010, Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Liu was poignantly represented by an empty chair at the ceremony in Oslo. Liu Xiaobo was formally moved to Jinzhou Prison in Liaoning, his home province, on May 24, 2010. He reportedly now has access to books published in China. (Source)