Haruki Murakami’s Denmark Awards Speech Highlights

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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.

It’s not just individuals who need to face their shadows. The same act is necessary for societies and nations. Just as all people have shadows, every society and nation, too, has its own shadows.

If there are bright, shining aspects, there should be a counterbalancing dark side.

You have to patiently learn to live together with your shadows. Sometimes in a deep place you have to confront your own dark side.

It is a necessary thing to do, because if you don’t, before long your shadow will grow ever stronger and will return, some night, to knock at the door of your house. ‘I’m back,’ it’ll whisper to you.