Friday, October 8, 2010

Nobel Prizes that Matter

Most of our lives are spent doing little things. We are not world figures and we are not important we work at jobs that do not change the world. But, sometimes we get a glimpse of something transcentant. When I worked in Bolivia as a volunteer after college I met such trancendant people. People who left every petty thing that mattered to make a difference. I met people who had left everything- like in the Gospels- to achieve the right.
This morning Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Prize for Peace. China is a nation that everyone wants to mollify because they are rich and growing. We all want to make sure that we do not miss out of our part in the real, spectacular rise of this nation. But, China has a darker side and Liu Xiaobo chose to give his freedom to ask the simple question why?
Today Liu sits in prison. He is in prison for asking for Freedom of the Press, Religion and Association. He is not afraid. His is a Nobel Prize that Matters. Amid all the noise about the rise of China Liu asks that what the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen apply to China. Liu we are all with you.