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Send flowers to Korea- Celebration of Christmas in Korea

Dec 19th 2011 at 11:50 PM


Frankly, it's a very difficult task to find the right words best describe the transitions through these past 30 years, Korea has come to write. During my stay in Korea between 1978 and 1981 traveled to all corners of the country. It is very likely to see more of Korea than most Koreans. But I cannot even begin to Yoho-dong, where my family and I lived before seen - the big door Korea visit walk in the grounds of the school my children is the only part of the school remains unchanged, carries the office where he in Kwanghwamun busy little resemblance worked with the cold dust places 30 years old - no longer a child is going to shine through the office in search of shoes for the few necessary Peck won for food daily Send flowers To Korea - the yakultlady not seem to make the rounds as usual - the tabbing in the basement of our office was replaced by a blank space - the Korean War gigot widowed woman is no longer sells flowers in the corner on the cold of winter to earn money to care for their children and ensure that their education and prayer the hope of a better life [the kids to college because of his perseverance], more full of buses, belching smoke, more rattle along roads, in need of repair, customers now on the subway and buses that are clean from the computer and controlled ride without thinking about the early days - now there is a current flowing through downtown Seoul, which is the Kyongbokgung wonderful hidden years behind the government building in Japan produced, which have now disappeared, the opening of a spectacular display of impressive Korean Architecture - earlier than a road with a second elevated freeway running through, when I lived in Seoul, he was never employed in a position to experience during their stay in Seoul, 30 years old. Frankly, it's hard for these old eyes to flowers delivery to Korea, which unfolds before me this match.


It almost feels as if you woke up one day in a dream and saw a different country magically reached before him. Of course, it is actually the result of the vision of the leaders of Korea, the hard work of government planners in harmony with the private sector [the most], and the indomitable will of the people in Korea who brought the great changes we see today.


I remember my youth in Los Angeles in 1940 and 1950 - yes, long ago. Life seemed much simpler then. The pace was slow - the people were not so fast, trams seemed the city's population to move very well and efficiently - families have their roots in their communities and not the possibility of movement of each year as the case today - children were a blessing to be fed and loved and not shipped from nurseries so that parents could be the "American Dream" alive. Our elected officials felt a greater responsibility and accountability to their constituents, or so it seemed. Public schools are places of education in meeting the standards set for us one year to another, rather than social adjustment problems that the systems of the United States to occupy the school today. Flowers delivery Korea During his career he was more on a single company instead of the constant changes, which are experienced today issued, because then there was a greater sense of loyalty of employees and employers. In California, now million-dollar deficit run because of overspending, which apparently has no control? All the special interests met with a handout. Even those who came illegally to the United States are more of those who are diligently to provide for their families and they entitled.


Of central importance for a country is deeply affected when values ​​are changed so easily, the latest trends sweeping across the nation to reflect. That seems the case in the United States in recent years. Our political leaders of both parties seem determined without background knowledge of how our society is affected by change.


During the recent visit of our president in Africa, we have heard many comparisons in the speeches and the press about the progress of the development. It was customary, political commentary, which compared the growth of gross domestic product [GDP] Korea and Kenya in the 1960s until today to read. Comparisons are alarming in both cases.


Kenya, where I stayed several times in the 1980s, is a country that should be easily able to feed its citizens and employment opportunities for the growing population. It was not able to do, whether in the 50 years since independence. On the contrary, have their leaders wasted natural resources, not providing basic education, their citizens allowed to separate tribalism, but people seek for ways to attract people and allowed a culture of corruption, all of which permeates facets of society as an acceptable alternative to responsible government. Their leaders have wasted over the years, Treasuries, to feed their endless greed and insatiable thirst for power and money with little demand, and certainly no sanctions beyond diplomatic rhetoric of its development partners.


On the other hand, GDP in Korea has been phenomenal in any economic measurement scale. In the same period, the impoverished country increased by a totally dependent on assistance programs to meet the basic needs of their people to produce quality products that are used in homes and offices, and streets all over the world. The residents enjoy a level of prosperity beyond the wildest imagination of the Koreans only a generation ago. No doubt there are problems that arise in Korea to maintain its sustained economic growth - face similar challenges from countries around the world face.


GDP per capita in Kenya in 1950 was $ 947, while Korea was $ 876. Today, Kenya's per capita GDP about $ 857 compared with astonishing Korea (source: IMF World Economic Database, 2009) $ 19 505th these statistics say it eloquently simple background for the failures and achievements of both countries.


But the statistics how are you not give us the right perspective on the heart of a country and its people. It is used to compare the relative levels of development that the United Nations and World Bank policies and allocation of resources used. But these institutions and others like them do not seem willing to meet the basic needs of people in the development of nation states. Rather, they seem more interested in meeting with impunity are the appetites of the despots who accountable and ferrets from a percentage of the generosity of donors in the world in secret bank accounts around the world. The United Nations and its partners have shown over the years that are a continuation of the status quo. Use the horrifying statistics of the Third World; you get the answers called sympatric where substantive changes are simply not possible under the current state of affairs in these countries.


Media of the world from time to time run images of women and children desperately, without hope for the guilt of those who "have" to eat more to do. However, these same media little to the facts of why women and children are so desperate to report. So we send our money and feel better.


We do not dare to insult, dare not, a responsible leadership role in poor countries, we call to express their outrage over the senseless tragedy of the human venture, were women and children do not develop a voice to a better life existed, but only suffered unspeakable pain of hunger, while their bodies withered fragile skeletons are waiting to die, we venture to the senseless murder of whole villages where war is a constant daily experience expose, without rationally understand why. How can we tolerate the status quo in such a case?


But this is an article about the Republic of Korea. The delusions of the United Nations, the World Bank and other international financial organizations may be out of place. But let's see if can access the following pages to connect the two together.


Korea has experienced changes in the last 30 years, are excellent in every scale of measurement. But why leave so successful in Korea and Kenya, apparently behind, along with a number of other countries around the world? Is there something unique about the Korean experience from which others can learn?


The book, the race for development, which was published in 1993, analyzes the development of Korea's success. The author, a professor at Lewis and Clark University in Portland, Oregon, rightly, that Korea's economic progress were more the result of a planning mechanism tightly controlled state, which had little to do with the free market economy. The professor went on to say that the repressive nature of the process and unbalanced growth of South Korea shows how the country is now facing serious economic and political difficulties. In 1993, all that was true too.


The scientific study, which takes place in the race, seems to lead to the development of an innate tendency in which the statistical facts support the premise of the author. Certainly, lack of academic qualifications to challenge the assumptions of the author. However, I believe in challenge studies miss the essence of a comfortable country. The fact of the matter is that GDP per capita in Korea by $ 8.220 in 1993 increased to an astonishing 27 929 in 2008 increased over 240% + (Source: World Development Indicators database, World Bank, 15 September 2009). That does not mean the learned professor was wrong in his analysis. Rather, it serves to underscore how serious are the mistakes most writers in the fight against Korea. It should come as no surprise, because, frankly, Korea is one of the most complexes in the world.


Korea but what makes it so different? Is it simply the group of people in a single race and language, the promotion of economic development helped them started together on the world stage? Maybe it was just the fact of a culture with Confucianism, Buddhism, Shamanism and Christian values ​​and ideas connected? Or maybe it was more of the circumstances that Korea to the forefront among major world powers at the end of hostilities of the Korean War, led to a significant infusion of financial and military aid? Or maybe it was the chance of scorching a geographic location with its cold winters and summers that people simply moved forward? Or was it just at the confluence of everything that made Korea what it is today?


This is what I concluded:


Nation building is much larger, as a leader able to communicate clearly and effectively a vision for their country in all economic and social field. Since the Republic of Korea emerged from the Korean War, which had the advantage of one of the biggest obstacles to the effective development of their side: ethnic unity in combination with a single common language. Especially in the experiences of the peoples of Africa and Southeast Asia to meet the challenges of seeing the construction of the nation is the only topic of language and ethnic and racial diversity delay. Kenya has more than 40 tribes spoken of the population with 62 languages. Kenya's experience is not unique among the so-called Third World countries. The same situation is in many parts of Africa south of the Sahara found.


In the Republic of the Philippines, where he lived from 1981 to 1984, its population is made up of eight ethnic groups speaking 170 different languages, of which 10 as the major language groups exist - by a fair measure is a daunting task for you to save a diverse group of people in a united nation with common goals of nation building.


If language and ethnic unity is the basis for a country, then the culture and religion are the fabric that binds the nation. Buddhism and Christianity are the core of religion in Korea - but each fund is the strong influence of Confucianism, which runs deep into the life of Korea. Although shamanism still an influence in Korea, its effect is much less noticeable in its predominantly urban population. The influence of religion must be clearly highlighted in the understanding of national development. The cultural and religious foundations of the nation are the fundamental values ​​essential to sustainable economic development are the fundamental aspect that unites the people of the country and provides the order of growth. In fact, Buddhism and Christianity are very different systems and different faiths. But for our purposes the most important part in the development of the nation that "religious organizations" willing or not willing to be partners in the development process. At the very least provide that additional support for the initial implementation of the government programs not forget the areas of health, education and welfare, while round about the society in general with a unity of spirit - in most cases. Of course there are exceptions to the political-religious conflict areas such as easily seen in the Middle East between Islam and Judaism and other parts of the world?


Confucian influences on the development of Korea together an equally important role in the development of Korea. Confucian thinking and teaching, Korea introduced the importance of education to lead the moral development of man to a respectable life, says - that people will be in training for this system of governance trends of a nation with a footprint of bringing moral virtue rather than repressive laws. For Korea, this is another important component of success in its development.


Many say that Korea was simply "blessed" with an injection of capital resources when the hostilities ended the Korean War. This, we say, is the genesis of successful economic development of Korea. To some extent this is a false argument - but it's too easy an answer. It is clear that the United States, Germany and other countries brought a huge influx of much needed capital for economic development of Korea. But there is one crucial difference in the way that this generosity was for use in the case of Korea.


Many countries in the years 1950 to 1980, he received large amounts of financial aid from several governments and NGOs, but without a clear plan for its use. In the case of Korea, came the much-maligned president Park Chung-He, Korea economic heads together over a long line for the economic development plan to develop. Although ruthless in many aspects of his presidency, there is no denying his accomplishments in creating a very solid basis for economic development, in the episode "Miracle of the Han Dynasty." He was a consummate patriot - - sometimes hard, yes - I have not found evidence of personal corruption of President Park or immediate family, but a patriot, though.


Another aspect that is not given due consideration it deserves, why Korea has a great economic success had to do with geographical location. In short, the Koreans have no choice but to work as hard in the spring, summer and autumn to survive through the winter in the harsh rule. In terms of economic development from this perspective you can begin to recognize the undeniable trend: in the north and the south of Ecuador, you can see that the more you look north and south poles common to see commercial success with funds from the development assistance.


But the truth of the matter is that the economic development successes enjoyed by the Republic of Korea, the result of the confluence of the above. Was the fact that a common language and ethnic group with moral education goes back hundreds of years a great influence upon the foundation laid to build the economic engine for Korea. Its geographical location is also its development strategy, take into account the harsh climate and dependence on imports affected. A strong leader of the country took the lead in the 1960s with a very clear view that the country the chance to go to their economic future use of financial resources for economic partners in the effective implementation of a sophisticated plan Korean had economically to the needs and priorities of Korea and Koreans.


There was no economic plan mandate from the outside. This was an important component. The leadership of the Republic of Korea, thus understood, was sitting between the two superpowers. As a result, he knew he had more influence on decisions about the allocation of scarce financial resources for their small country. As a result, it could be even more directly in the fulfillment of the plans on their own priorities rather than those of some master planner in New York or Geneva, nor other ideas linked based on the use of funds. To its credit, the Republic was established in his goals with amazing positive results from Korea and the Koreans enjoy.


I cannot help another aspect, an important factor, but little is known [outside of Korea] to the economic success of Korea was. Samuel called Samuel. It is a unique program that other nations have tried unsuccessfully to emulate. To understand the meaning of words is to understand the goals of the program. Sae means the gradual renewal based on past experience - continually grow in their achievements. Maul means that regional and social communities such as villages, Samuel simply means "movement". Thus, the meaning behind the Samuel Undongideal be summarized as follows:


The improvement of living and changes in our local community a better place for a better life.

Create a better life for my community and neighbors and I

the attainment of the spiritual and material welfare

Build a better place for us and future generations.


This program includes all levels of society in the development of the republic. Once a city or area was part of the Samuel Samuel received a flag - each activity is completed brought a new certificate and a flag to add the banner. In the first year, 335 bags of cement, 35,000 people across the country were made available. The general meetings of the neighbors decided for the most worthy project. In the second year an additional 500 sacks of cement and a ton of steel wire were supplied by the central government. The competition took place between the villages to see what people would get more recognition. Soon flags were the flags of testimony to the achievements of local citizens who donate their time and expertise to build a medical center or a school or district made voluntarily. Each partner was in the process of developing the Central Government in Korea focused on massive infrastructure projects to private industry to build their factories and begin to compete on world markets.


It is reminiscent of the early days of the establishment of cities in the western United States. In those days there were no taxes levied against the people of their income. If a school is required, the city gave the people their time and materials to build the school. Similarly, if a house or a barn was destroyed by fire or other disaster, the people in the city helped a neighbor in their distress; this spirit of volunteerism helps seems lost in the United States in the intervening years. We seem to be worried too busy with our neighbors in our daily life too seriously have to - but now the government take care of it for us - until, of course, we begin to see the associated costs. Then we started to complain and complain. Sometimes it feels like the heart of our country has lost.


In the latest episode of a TV drama in Korea recently completed [Yes, I see, I cannot help myself] on the right, in English, "Legacy glowing," ["Chalk Land Yu Han San"], the grandmother is in talks with his grandson on the mother's heart and love for their children. She says that about two children, to take his mother's heart, to sell in the money market. How did you stumble into the town running, the boy whose heart and falls to the earth's heart? When children quickly pick up the dirt and brush are the heart, says her heart for children "Are you okay?" The loss of life, love never ends from the mother.


I worry sometimes about the "heart" of the United States - I do not mean in reference to current political events in the United States. Rather, my concern is the erosion of the fundamental principles upon which our country was founded. Currently, there are a lot of gray in our society and not enough black and white. Because I do not want to imply that you should not change with the times and adapt to the realities of progress in society. But there are some basic truths that are the foundation for a society - the fundamental truths should not be given without a serious debate among the citizens of a country.


We are in discussion now in the United States. As the discussion moves forward, I hope that my country will remain the core values ​​- that our leaders are long-term consequences of a policy that will affect generations to come.


I did not have an interesting conversation with my oldest son long ago. We were talking about Korea and how the current generation has no real understanding or appreciation of what is spent, the older generation of Koreans in the current generation to enjoy the fruits of their efforts. I was sharing with him [for probably 20thtime] experience with my wife went through a child growing up in Seoul. I remembered how Songbook and his family were at dinner the night of the 25th June 1950, when police burst through the door screaming that the North Korea are 1 mile north and south is just fast. Songbook and two brothers, father and mother, left the food on the table, took a few personal belongings and ran out the door. He spent six days at a remote village, where they could escape and her family. Along the way, saw the bodies mutilated, burned houses and put up around the fear of bombs. She had three operations during the war and had to cut the leg without the help of bear even a local anesthesia - which took place only in the table by her parents and a few nurses, while his leg was open.


I complained that it is a shame that today's generation has no understanding of their past - that seems to live only in the present. But as the words came immediately came another question: why today's generation must "understand and appreciate" what had happened earlier generations? Why you should have a concern about changing values ​​in the U.S. and Korea - as times change the circumstances, why is it important?


But that does not change our current reality, focus on what brought us to this point - the victims of past generations, the difficulties they suffered or the threat of experiences beyond the borders of their country - and it is instructive to verify be seen by future generations, came to pay a price for an earlier generation, what you enjoy today.


The Republic of Korea is now a full partner in the economic world stage. His success in the development is enormous. And to be fair, the United States and the U.S. Agency for International Development, in particular, a sense of pride in the unique partnership in the development process of Korea forged share. Millions of dollars into the infrastructure of a country that invests in the rubble after the end of hostilities remained in the Korean War. It is an investment with an uncertain future, especially given what is happening in other parts of the world with similar infusions of money into the development of less developed countries.


However, it seems that neither the U.S. nor other development partners have been experiencing for the surprising success of Korea prepared. Soon, professionals from the U.S. policies are loudly on the brake on the engine of exports was driven by U.S. dollar. Congress soon joined the call for trade restrictions on Korean exports and improved access to the Korean domestic market. Could the U.S. ever and donors really expected a return on your investment? Or if they did, was to consider how to treat this kind of success? I think all indications that the answer to both questions is a resounding "Yes."


But the case of the Republic of Korea is very unique. I have doubts about the Korean experience in the less developed nations of the world can be replicated. Korea had just too many factors come together at the same time is not a success. It is the character of the Korean people happy, which is the fundamental difference in advancing the country. That's not easy to duplicate. However, like Korea should continue to thrive and expand their horizons in the world to be careful to reach the potential consequences to the essentials as a nation.


I am aware, the heart in the history of drama from Korea says: The "heart" of our countries is sometimes an illusion that is the nature of which we are a nation, what we believe, fundamental rights and how they are presented to us on the world stage.

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