The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – Korea Must End the Suicide Epidemic

An average of 42.6 people committed suicide every day in Korea in 2010 or 15,566 over the whole year. That translates into 31.2 in every 100,000 Koreans committing suicide, 2.4 times more than the OECD average of 12.8 people.
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An interesting article about the suicide rate in Korea and yet the author can’t comprehend a simple explanation that would probably help. Korea is undergoing change. Some people simply can’t handle change. Within three decades, Korea doesn’t even come close to resembling what it used to be. I see signs of change everywhere. The old can’t understand the drastically new. The young can’t understand why the old don’t get “it”. Thousands of years of tradition are being stream-rolled over in favour of capitalism and westernization. Doesn’t anyone see the stresses this can cause? So far I haven’t touched upon the soul of a nation that had been disturbed. What they knew is slowly fading and they, as a society, are trying to find a new definition for themselves. What if there is none? How does one find “his place in the world” when the world is caught between the traditions of the old and the demands of the new? Koreans are like children in this modern world. They have shiny new toys but no sense of responsibility because they never had to have any when they were young. A Korean mother did everything for their kids. She made them food, washed their clothes, cleaned their room. Why would they believe that they needed any form of responsibility when it came to cars or technology? I fear this will lead a major credit crisis because once again, unless you are married to a woman who was taught to be the responsible one in the family, they will treat their money liked they treat their phones….purely as a disposable commodity and the “powers that be” liked that very much when the cornerstone of capitalization is debt and NOT freedom. We should also consider what else is NOT taught in schools….creativity. Kids are taught to memorize but never to think. Thinking leads to questioning and Korean society never question its elders because it is considered rude to do so. This is a severely dangerous path when you are not allowed to think and end up being just another robot in the assembly line of capitalism. It limits your belief and ability to think critically as well as from a detached point of view that is so often needed for problem solving. This ought to be interesting to see down the road.

Author: DragonDon

Having a love of travel has lead me to move to South Korea in 2010. Moving to an Eastern culture from a Western culture is a wild experience and there is never a dull day!

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