Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holy Rage!

One of my favorite things to talk about is the strongest universal human constant, stupidity.

Stupidity can take many different forms.  A common one is thinking that in some way you are better than another person simply by being born into a particular community, whether it be ethnic, socio-economic etc. 

For some people, acting on this belief makes them feel better about themselves.  They get worked up into a holy rage, similar to the way they feel when they rally around the flag or their favorite sports team.

It's very seductive.

Especially if you aren't getting laid on a regular basis.

When I read stuff like this, I usually have two reactions: I laugh it off as the myopic ramblings of someone who is overly sensitive, or I think that every little bit helps.

Back in the day I'd get worked up and think "yeah well come live in Korea for a while buddy!  That shit happens here all the time too!"

I realized that wasn't a very productive way to live, seeing as you spent too much time being mad, which in turn cut you off from some potentially satisfying human relations.

Besides, I don't want my girls growing up thinking that way.

The real question is: will humans as a species ever reach a level of enlightenment that precludes tribal thinking?  My answer to that is no.

All you have to do is think of the family and the emotional bonds that are created, and how they are transposed onto the larger group.  It's a part of our socialization.

Does this mean that we shouldn't try to overcome this way of thinking?  It's too engrained?

Of course not.  But you shouldn't expect to see everyone get together and sing kumbaya anytime soon.

The issue of course is about trying to find another way to define the group, which is an ongoing process in many countries.

And of course calling out those who perpetuate an exclusionary type of thinking.

I do wish people like Steve Park would say something about life in the country of their origin however.  That would make me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Unfortunately, it wouldn't do that much, since many Koreans would simply see Steve as having adandoned his native community.

So it would be nice if I heard more Koreans in Korea speak out openly against stuff like this.

Sadly, that voice isn't very loud.

Hearing it from the likes of me or Steve certainly isn't going to change too many opinions.

Until people are ready to stand up to their own and call them out for their idiocy, the only thing you can do is be right with yourself and not spend too much energy on anger.

Thanks to Matt at Gusts of Popular Feeling and Ben Wagner for their research

4 comments:

The Todd said...

Steve Park is cast in those roles because he's a giant pussy. He's good at being one, and his writing proves it. You think Rain or Lee Byung Hun would write this crap? No! Why? Because they are MEN worthy of being at the top of the food chain no matter where they are - just like ME! THE TODD! IN ALL HIS TODNESS!

Has the Todd ever been racially profiled? Yes. Does he care? No! Why? Because he knows WHY. Because he's handsome. Because he's BIG. Because most women want him. Because he makes lot's of money for doing lot's of nothing - teaching English! The Todd laughs in the face of opposition and knows he's lucky to be who he is: THE TODD!
The Todd is a young, white, educated male healthy male from supposedly the best country on the earth. He's at the top of the fucking food chain, and he never forgets it! If they don't like The Todd or want The Todd or try to make fun of The Todd, it's because they aren't The Todd and lack Toddness!

So, I feel sorry for them, and forgive them for their lack of luck in the almighty gene pool. When The Todd walks in the room, people can hear his big brass balls clanging! I shit you not!

Seasons Greetings from the ROK! The Todd has landed!

F5Waeg said...

Lord help us all.

Here's a prime candidate for the shit I was just talking about.

The best country in the world is Canada? Damn, what's with some of the Canucks these days?

The Todd said...

Dude, don't get me wrong. Let's be honest. Canada is a bit of joke, but it's a joke I'm comfortable living with. Yes, Norway, Sweden, Denmark etc. have lots going for them and are technically way ahead of us. But let's face it - Canada is the final frontier. If the world goes up in flames, northern Canada - somewhere between Calgary and Saskatoon - is where you want to be! You'll be able to see the "boat people" coming for miles. Who are the "boat people"? People who'll have to get in boats and paddle for dear fucking life when the shit goes down.

So yeah. Canada kinda is the best place to be from at this stage in the game. As fucking far away from people of different races as you can get - discounting eskimos. If I were you, I'd invest in two things - a private jet and an underground bunker near Flin Flon, Manitoba. Don't buy property in Korea. When the Korea's reunite it's going to be an ugly time, and the Korean won won't count for shit.

I'm not proud to be Canadian - but I'll accept it for all it's advantages. We're basically American without having to accept blame, and we're never going to run out of meat and potatoes. Plus, we have the best hockey players in the world (despite crappy teams other than two).

Ohhhhh Canada!

jakeinkorea said...

Uphill battle. He wants more Asian leading actors in American movies, but he neglects the basic principle that Hollywood is like a mirror of American society. Movies are made based on perceived demand.

If American women would rather see George Clooney than Jet Li, it's not really Hollywood's fault.

Americans want to watch movies staring people they can relate to. Most Americans simply can't relate to an Asian male, they can't picture themselves in his shoes. Movies starring Asian actors are likely to draw an almost 100% Asian crowd. That's America.

Don't worry, you can always blame the White man when things don't go your way. By 2020, White people will be the most marginalized segment of American society.

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