Without literature, one cannot deeply understand the values to which our societies aspire. Literature teaches, through the personal stories found therein, values such as community, diversity, peace, development, and sustainability. The Nobel Prize in Literature is not just a prize about the technical or even artistic skills of the writer. It is a prize that rewards enduring values to which the human community aspires. The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature went to Bob Dylan, who encourages the values of peace, community, and sustainability in his songs.
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man ?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand ?
Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned ?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.
-Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ In The Wind” (1962)