I do not want to make my blog too political. But here is the hard fact：yesterday, Liu Xianbin, used to be a Chinese student leader during the 1989 June 4th movement, was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment on the charge of “subversion”. He has previously spent 11 years in the prison and was just set free in 2008. When first been put into the jail, he was only 23 years old. Presumably, he will be 53 years old after he comes out of the prison ten years later.
From a 23-year old young man to a 53-year old man, goddammit, he spends much of his life time in a cell! When I first came cross this news, I was just going to swear F words, then I tried so hard to refrain myself from getting too emotional. I wonder if it’s worth doing it when standing out for others is such risky. In this imperfect and unfair world, shits happen all the time, especially in China where over a billion people fighting with each others for better lives. Should we just mind our own business, or should we just accept the reality and walk away whenever we face the difficulty and danger?
I believe, to Liu Xianbin and many other human rights activists in China, the answer is a 100 percent No. We call these people heroes. Our time needs heroes, and China needs heroes. They are the glimmers of hope for China’s future.
To those who would answer Yes to the questions, I want to show you a paragraph in a movie script:
“I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration – whereby those important events of the past, usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, are celebrated with a nice holiday – I thought we could mark this November the fifth, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.
There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now orders are being shouted into telephones and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?
Cruelty and injustice…intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance, coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told…if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.” —- from V for Vendetta