Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The neophyte waeg will quickly realize that being an animal - any animal - on this fine peninsula is a mug's game at best.  If you aren't having your hair dyed or dressed in cute sweaters, someone somewhere is trying their damndest to catch you and eat you.

I remember in my early years visiting the most stupendous Dreamland park, near Chiaksan just outside of the Wonj.  I was appalled at the shitty little concrete boxes they had the animals in, more so by the taunting and mockery from the hordes of little kings and queens throwing grass and instant ramen noodles at obviously apathetic and vacant eyed animals.  This was of course before I drank the kool-aid and saw the light.

It could be understandable why some waegs might be up in arms about the treatment of animals, especially the ones dragged behind automobiles or the ones beaten or burned alive to increase the adrenaline for best effect man's power.  But this outrage does not show sufficient understanding of the special Korean situation, and in fact ignores how waegs created it in the first place.

When Christianity started to gain traction on the peninsula, the early missionaries didn't realize that it wasn't the goodness of god or the fullness of spirit to be found in Jesus that really appealed to the early Korean converts; it was the myriad images of eating roast calf and elk.  As the economy improved, the eating of meat became even more widespread, while at the same time Christianity became more entrenched.  People began to associate eating meat not just with wealth and prosperity, but as a pure clean break from a poor agrarian past, one dominated by Buddhist ideals that promoted vegetarianism.  Since Koreans love new things and disparage anything old and used, it was a natural fit that eating more and more varied types of meat would become commonplace, as a true expression not only of their new wealth but of their love of Jesus and rejection of Buddha.

Since it is hard to eat something you've named and loved, it only follows that animals would not receive special treatment, especially since many of them are of the imported variety anyway.

So before the average waeg gets their rage on, they should know that in effect they are responsible for Koreans mistreating animals, since they were the ones to introduce these foreign ideas to a peaceful, virtuous people in the first place.  To then criticize Koreans for acting the way they do clearly demonstrates the truly schizophrenic and myopic nature of most waeg culture.

Korean roadkill
fresh enough?


Roarchild said...

Last time I was at the zoo there were people feeding the monkeys snacks (that processed sausage) from their bags and hitting a crocodile with peanuts.

I'm happy enough to add it to Christians rap sheet but what stopped me throwing the guy over the railing to make it a fair fight with the crocodile is the fact that a lot of people in this country have it just as tough.

For all the new cars driving around my little slice of Korean paradise there is a bent over old person out in the field digging and farming away or collecting cardboard.
For me that puts it in perspective.

F5Waeg said...

Same as what you'd see back home

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