There are speeches that you cannot get off your head even after years. Haruki Murakami’s speech at Jerusalem “Of Walls and Eggs” is one of these speeches. But should he attend and accept the prize? I think he should. Because by attending the ceremony he made his statement heard.
This is not all, though. It carries a deeper meaning. Think of it this way. Each of us is, more or less, an egg. Each of us is a unique, irreplaceable soul enclosed in a fragile shell. This is true of me, and it is true of each of you. And each of us, to a greater or lesser degree, is confronting a high, solid wall. The wall has a name: it is “the System.” The System is supposed to protect us, but sometimes it takes on a life of its own, and then it begins to kill us and cause us to kill others — coldly, efficiently, systematically.
On the other hand, Yehudi Menuhin seems to have made the similar statement during his prize acceptance at Wolf Prize.
“This wasteful governing by fear, by contempt for the basic dignities of life, this steady asphyxiation of a dependent people, should be the very last means to be adopted by those who themselves know too well the awful significance, the unforgettable suffering of such an existence. It is unworthy of my great people, the Jews, who have striven to abide by a code of moral rectitude for some 5,000 years, who can create and achieve a society for themselves such as we see around us but can yet deny the sharing of its great qualities and benefits to those dwelling amongst them.”
When challenged as to why he gave such a speech, Menuhin replied, “That is why I came”.
Thanks to SeetheLight’s comment.
Here is another source written on Yehudi Menuhin’s statement.