Wednesday, February 18, 2009

壁と卵 - A high wall and an egg


Japanese TV media reported that Haruki Murakami criticized Israeli attacks of Gaza in the Jerusalem Prize ceremony. Why do our media always try to cheat the attention of people merely superficially?
Murakami, a non-political novelist through his entire life, will hardly adhere to one side of regimes or boycott something because of a political reason.
He is by nature very sensitive to the individual’s dignity. In his speech this time, he simply clarified his fundamental stance by the metaphor of “a hard, high wall and an egg” that he would never stand for a system that makes the life of individuals difficult. In my understanding, he felt a sense of best balance in concluding that there would be some meaning to receive this prize once his message was communicated.

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