Foreign Policy posts the last public statement made by Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) – today’s Nobel Peace Prize winner – before his sentencing in 2009. It’s worth reading in its entirety, but here’s a lesson for all of us:
Hatred can rot away at a person’s intelligence and conscience. Enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation, incite cruel mortal struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and hinder a nation’s progress toward freedom and democracy. That is why I hope to be able to transcend my personal experiences as I look upon our nation’s development and social change, to counter the regime’s hostility with utmost goodwill, and to dispel hatred with love.