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I'm Dongguk and I'm Proud

    According to Western theology, there are 'Seven Deadly Sins': Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. If a person commits any one of the aforementioned, he or she will be punished by the Gods. Let us look, in some detail, at Pride, which in my opinion is "the mother of all sins".  In Ancient Greece, Pride was a crime against the gods and would, if committed, result in fatal retribution.  The word was used to describe those who considered themselves more important than the gods themselves.  Thomas Aquinas, the famous medieval theologian, said of Pride: "inordinate self-love is the cause of every sin". These days, and for various reasons, attitudes toward the sin of Pride have changed.  
    To have pride in oneself or in something is no longer regarded as a heinous crime.  It differs from ancient times in that it is not uncommon these days to hear of saying "Have your Pride".  Though the reasons for pride are as varied as people - national pride, so called "patriotism", is generally recognized as the most popular forms of this kind.  By way of illustration, let us look at the 2002 World Cup, held in Korea. This event saw a wave of patriotism sweep the country in a manner not seen for many a long year.  No doubt, the World Cup acted as a catalyst for a 'healthy' pride in the achievements of Korea.       
    Pride is, as Lewis states, "a pleasant, sometimes exhilarating, emotion that results from a positive self-evaluation". Unfortunately, more and more people are finding it increasingly difficult to derive any sense of pride from their work or from anything else.  Donggukians are not the exception to this rule.  I have become aware of the fact that some Donggukians are so disenchanted with University that they have considered transferring to another university.  Growing disenchantment with Dongguk University (DU), are being posted on the Website. Such articulations reveal students' dented pride.     
     In reality, there is much to criticize and little to praise in Dongguk.  For instance, in the universities’ evaluation carried out by JoongAng Ilbo this year, DU once again failed to be placed in the top 20.  Part of the reason for the collective feeling of hurt pride may lie in these consecutively poor evaluations.   To be fair, the latter can be attributed to the fact that Dongguk has been keeping a low profile since the Shin scandal broke.   But whatever the reasons, pride in Dongguk largely depends on the public profile of our university.
      What I want to stress is that we shouldn’t adopt a defeatist attitude towards studying, job-seeking or, even, dreaming.  "Students who are defeatist about DU are inclined to believe the worst," said a member of "N.I.C.E.", a campaign group which tries to restore student pride in Dongguk.  I anticipate some good changes will arise as a result of this campaign, which was conducted by students who have a great respect for Dongguk.  In short, if you want your heart to swell with pride when you hear the word "Dongguk", try and involve yourself in the positive changes that are up and coming. In the meantime: Say it Loud: "I'm Dongguk and I'm Proud"   

Yun Sang-young  letterbee@dongguk.edu

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