One thing this meme (conceived last night without my much-admired author Murakami’s more specific focus) goes with (I serendipiditily see on a Word page I began this morning) is the intro with quotations for my Facebook sharing of https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/01/haruki-murakami-hans-christian-anderdersen-prize-speech-outsiders
‘“NO MATTER HOW HIGH A WALL WE BUILD TO KEEP INTRUDERS OUT, NO MATTER HOW STRICTLY WE EXCLUDE OUTSIDERS, NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE REWRITE HISTORY TO SUIT US, WE JUST END UP DAMAGING AND HURTING OURSELVES”. Haruki Murakami, speaking as he received the Hans Christian Andersen literature award in Denmark last week.
‘In 2009, when he was awarded the Jerusalem prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society in the face of opposition from pro-Palestinian groups, he said that
‘“if there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg. Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall. The high wall is the system which forces us to do the things we would not ordinarily see fit to do as individuals. […] We have no hope against the wall: it’s too high, too dark, too cold. […] TO FIGHT THE WALL, WE MUST JOIN OUR SOULS TOGETHER FOR WARMTH, STRENGTH. WE MUST NOT LET THE SYSTEM CONTROL US – CREATE WHO WE ARE. IT IS WE WHO CREATED THE SYSTEM.”’
& we need each other