The Egg Isn’t Always Right

Today I came across an acceptance speech by Haruki Murakami for the Jerusalem prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society. His speech was titled “Always on the side of the egg.” In it he talks about how regardless of who is right, he will always side with those rebelling against the system. He uses an analogy of an egg breaking against a large wall to convey this idea and his ideas to me in all honesty seemed kind of strange. To me, I wouldn’t side with the underdog just because they were the underdog because in many cases, they might be in the wrong and those who they are fighting against may be right. I would always side with one group on a case by case basis and not just choose the same side every time there was a conflict. To me, choosing the side of the underdog each time seems like it could cause more problems than fix them, especially for me. For the most part, I don’t think “the system” is wrong, sure there are pieces of it that could be improved, but as time has progressed, many of the flaws have been fixed. If I joined in with every person or group who challenged those ideas then I would end up causing more problems than I fix either through getting in some sort of trouble for supporting them or even by winning but what I was fighting for wasn’t a good cause. I can see what Murakami meant by always siding with the egg, but I don’t agree with his idea because of the many problems and disagreements that it could cause.

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