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“I have no enemies, and no hatred.”

February 17, 2012

For my dear friend J.P.

As we work to make the world a safer, better place, for all people and for the environment on which we all depend; and in the face of much violence, corruption and manipulation, it is worth keeping in mind the words of Liu Xiaobo. Xiaobo is a Nobel Peace-prize winning Chinese writer and dissident currently serving an 11-year jail sentence in China.In his final statement, written two days before he was imprisoned in 2009, he emphasized the need to spurn hatred and maintain respect for individuals, for it is the system that is corrupt and needs changing.

“I have no enemies, and no hatred. None of the police who have monitored, arrested and interrogated me, the prosecutors who prosecuted me, or the judges who sentence me, are my enemies. While I’m unable to accept your surveillance, arrest, prosecution or sentencing, I respect your professions and personalities, including Zhang Rongge and Pan Xueqing who act for the prosecution at present. I was aware of your respect and sincerity in your interrogation of me on December 3.

“For hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy. I hope therefore to be able to transcend my personal vicissitudes in understanding the development of the state and changes in society, to counter the hostility of the regime with the best of intentions, and defuse hate with love.”

You can read his entire statement here.

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