Lifelong competition. These words are every Korean's fateful theme. It is not important whether they want severe competition or not. We have to compete with our friends from childhood so as not to fall behind. Indeed, "competition" enriches our life and is the driving force of modern society. But, from my perspective, living as a Korean is one of the toughest lifestyles in the world.
Last year, I had a chance to interview some foreigners who study Korean Language. During one interview, an Austrian confessed that he feels cramped in Korean society. From his perspective and way of thinking, Koreans' terrible competition in school, for jobs and success is abnormal.
Recently, our nation seems to have fallen into a mental panic. Many policies of President Roh Moo-hyun are encountering difficulties. And the long-lasting stagnation of domestic markets is making everyone unhappy.
In a recent poll, 69 percent of the people replied that they just make a living day by day without any hope for the future. Young people's anxieties are even worse.
Even though unemployment among the young is a problem, we never abandon hopes. Generally, when developing nations become advanced, the young's room in the society is decreased. This happened in the U.S. in Japan. We are facing a similar situation.
Rather than fretting, it would be better to have a calm presence of mind. Let's consider what young people need and real role of the undergraduates.
Due to many factors such as unemployment, this era's undergraduates don't have time to think what is right or wrong in the society.
So it seems that our society just produces technically well-prepared but brain dead graduates.
Something is wrong.
The more this situation continues, the more antagonism and trouble are society will have due to a lack of cooperative minds.
Studying hard is good. But let's not forget one theme: "We live in this society together." Studying methods are everywhere. I wish young people would look around our society and study that one theme more for a better world.
Shin Dong-kyu firstname.lastname@example.org
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