Thich Nhat Hanh On Nonviolence
I have a poem for you. It is called: “Please Call Me By My True Names.” This poem is about three of us. The first is a twelve-year-old girl, one of the boatpeople crossing the gulf of Thailand. She was raped by a sea pirate. After that, she threw herself into the ocean. The other person is the sea pirate who was born in a remote village in Thailand. And the third person is me. I had a lot of problems, because I was angry of course. But I could not take sides against the sea pirate. If I could it would be easier; but I could not, because I thought that if I were born in his village and were living his kind of life — economic, educational, and so on — it is very likely that I would now be that sea pirate. So, it is not easy to take sides. And out of suffering I wrote this poem: “Please Call Me By My True Names,” because I have several names and when you call me by my names, I must say: Yes.