LOVING OUR OWN COUNTRY
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This is an essay from a Korean. You may want to discuss this with friends over a cup of coffee.

My Short Essay about the Philippines
(You can forward my essay to your friends.)

Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines.

Let me first talk about my country, Korea. It might help you understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because entire country was destroyed completely after the Korean War, and we had no natural resources.

Koreans used to talk about the Philippines, for Filipinos were very rich in Asia. We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father's brother also died because of famine.

Korean government was awfully corrupt and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism. Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighbourhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism.

40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economy situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through a horrible experience. In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money.

Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park. They asked to him, ¡°President, when can we be well off? That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea, and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea. So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea.

He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart. Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that their children would live in well off country.

My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And I have loved my neighborhood.

Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people. I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday. However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners at the maximum security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.

When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia, but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed. My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pagsangjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would be fun. However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they sympathized with the boat men, for the boat men were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them.

My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God.

I want Filipinos love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off. I am sure that love is the keyword which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let's put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes. I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world.

Please love your neighborhood and country. Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines, there is God who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love.

If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country.

You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others. That is all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

Jaeyoun Kim
September, 2003
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well yes.....its true some of us don't understand how important
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haha,.,,,people seem to think that things are not as possible as they really are,,, after all, when we were just a kid, we also used t think that our dreams are the most possible,,, then, we aged,, then, we forgot our dreams and then think of it rather as the most impossible..... just like what the King of Salem had stated,"If you really want something,,, all the universe conspires for you to have it..."... things aren't what they seeem, especailly our dreams...
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This is an essay from a Korean. You may want to discuss this with friends over a cup of coffee.

My Short Essay about the Philippines
(You can forward my essay to your friends.)

Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines.

Let me first talk about my country, Korea. It might help you understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because entire country was destroyed completely after the Korean War, and we had no natural resources.

Koreans used to talk about the Philippines, for Filipinos were very rich in Asia. We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father's brother also died because of famine.

Korean government was awfully corrupt and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism. Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighbourhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism.

40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economy situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through a horrible experience. In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money.

Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park. They asked to him, ¡°President, when can we be well off? That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea, and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea. So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea.

He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart. Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that their children would live in well off country.

My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And I have loved my neighborhood.

Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people. I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday. However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners at the maximum security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.

When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia, but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed. My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pagsangjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would be fun. However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they sympathized with the boat men, for the boat men were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them.

My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God.

I want Filipinos love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off. I am sure that love is the keyword which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let's put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes. I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world.

Please love your neighborhood and country. Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines, there is God who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love.

If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country.

You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others. That is all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

Jaeyoun Kim
September, 2003


This is an extremely valid point that came from an unexpected source.

There are people I consider to be particularly weak in this country, and those are the people that don't support the country themselves. I love my country and would not rather live anywhere than the good ol' U.S. of A. But some people don't seem to appreciate that, and I don't understand if they are misinterpreting the meaning of supporting your country. For example, supporting your country does not mean supporting your government.

I would not have voted for Obama, but now that he is elected, I will root for him all the way because I want what is best for our country. I know people all the time that bash America; ask the Indians in the slums of Mumbai if they would switch places with you if you like. In fact, I don't think its fair to bash any country at all. Yet bashing America has become extremely popular lately. Was it my fault we went to Iraq? No, don't blame me. Do you speak German? No? Your welcome bitch.

There's alot of cynics here on crunchyroll, especially pertaining to the government, "society", whatever you think is mainstream, and it is humorous to me that most of them are hiding behind an IP address on the internet.
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Nayru wrote:

There are people I consider to be particularly weak in this country, and those are the people that don't support the country themselves. I love my country and would not rather live anywhere than the good ol' U.S. of A. But some people don't seem to appreciate that, and I don't understand if they are misinterpreting the meaning of supporting your country. For example, supporting your country does not mean supporting your government.

I would not have voted for Obama, but now that he is elected, I will root for him all the way because I want what is best for our country. I know people all the time that bash America; ask the Indians in the slums of Mumbai if they would switch places with you if you like. In fact, I don't think its fair to bash any country at all. Yet bashing America has become extremely popular lately. Was it my fault we went to Iraq? No, don't blame me. Do you speak German? No? Your welcome bitch.

There's alot of cynics here on crunchyroll, especially pertaining to the government, "society", whatever you think is mainstream, and it is humorous to me that most of them are hiding behind an IP address on the internet.


1.) Not supporting one's country = weakness? I don't follow. Maybe I'll understand if you explain exactly what you mean by "support" and "weakness."

2.) Just because a country is the best or very good does not mean there is nothing wrong with it. Similarly, just because others have it worse and would prefer to live in that country does not mean there should be no complaints about it. How would change occur if no one ever spoke up? Again, perhaps I'm misunderstanding. Where do you draw the line between "bashing" and legitimate complaint?

3.) How do you know that most of us critics are just hiding behind online anonymity? Could it not be that the internet is simply a more convenient place to express displeasure and/or that this displeasure is worth mentioning but perhaps not great enough to take to the Supreme Court (or whatever you think is the alternative to this so-called cowardice)?

I neither love nor have pride in my country. Experiencing these emotions towards something like that makes no sense to me. Nevertheless, I am glad to have here so much comfort and opportunity--including the opportunity to voice my criticism.
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and then the world makes fun of americans who love their country
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pawie24 wrote:
... 40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economy situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through a horrible experience. In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. ...


A horrible experience cause they had to leave their country or a horrible experience cause they were in germany?



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Nayru wrote:

There are people I consider to be particularly weak in this country, and those are the people that don't support the country themselves. I love my country and would not rather live anywhere than the good ol' U.S. of A. But some people don't seem to appreciate that, and I don't understand if they are misinterpreting the meaning of supporting your country. For example, supporting your country does not mean supporting your government.

I would not have voted for Obama, but now that he is elected, I will root for him all the way because I want what is best for our country. I know people all the time that bash America; ask the Indians in the slums of Mumbai if they would switch places with you if you like. In fact, I don't think its fair to bash any country at all. Yet bashing America has become extremely popular lately. Was it my fault we went to Iraq? No, don't blame me. Do you speak German? No? Your welcome bitch.

There's alot of cynics here on crunchyroll, especially pertaining to the government, "society", whatever you think is mainstream, and it is humorous to me that most of them are hiding behind an IP address on the internet.


1.) Not supporting one's country = weakness? I don't follow. Maybe I'll understand if you explain exactly what you mean by "support" and "weakness."

2.) Just because a country is the best or very good does not mean there is nothing wrong with it. Similarly, just because others have it worse and would prefer to live in that country does not mean there should be no complaints about it. How would change occur if no one ever spoke up? Again, perhaps I'm misunderstanding. Where do you draw the line between "bashing" and legitimate complaint?

3.) How do you know that most of us critics are just hiding behind online anonymity? Could it not be that the internet is simply a more convenient place to express displeasure and/or that this displeasure is worth mentioning but perhaps not great enough to take to the Supreme Court (or whatever you think is the alternative to this so-called cowardice)?

I neither love nor have pride in my country. Experiencing these emotions towards something like that makes no sense to me. Nevertheless, I am glad to have here so much comfort and opportunity--including the opportunity to voice my criticism.


It takes alot of time and thought to understand what I mean. You'll get it eventually.
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Nayru wrote:



It takes alot of time and thought to understand what I mean. You'll get it eventually.


So, rather than define your terms and address the problems I raise, you tell me that I just haven't put enough time and thought into understanding. Sorry, but I'm not going to magically realize your unspoken distinctions and definitions of subjective terms through quiet reflection. If this were a formal debate, your response would not go over well. This is Extended Discussion, so please extend your discussion...
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