Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Random Thoughts: Suicides in Korea

I'm always fascinated with Korean Entertainment...dramas, movies, shows and music. I like their fashion and style, from haircuts to clothing down to footwear. I admire Hallyu stars as well. I even tried learning Hangul, the native alphabet of Korean language. I always wanted to experience their culture, meet Korean friends and visit the place strolling under the cherry blossom trees one day. Sometimes, I envy their fast-growing economy and success. I want to be a Korean! ...uhm.. for a day will do =D

But what intrigues me more is the way people especially those in show business manage their lives, how they deal with problems and bullies. Why does an actor's life always seem to be in danger? Though South Korea's Entertainment industry has been successful in recent years, it seems there's a curse within its organization. For the past few years, there were a handful Koreans who took their own lives with their bare hands. In fact, the increasing number of suicides in Korea is twice as much as the number of suicides in the US, which is quite disturbing because US has a much more population than Korea.

Generally speaking, Suicide isn't just Korea's concern, it's also one of the world's biggest problem (Suicide bombers' case is a different story, however).

We all know that deep financial trouble is one of the key factors why one commits suicide. It can also be triggered when emotionally depressed because of work, love, family, study or in worst cases a combination of all. Suicide is always an act of selfishness and cowardice. You do it to escape life's ultimate challenge. But putting myself in their shoes makes me realize that sometimes the wounds we sustain from life's challenges are too painful to endure. Thus, making suicide the first and last option. But still, it is against God's will. It might even create a chain reaction, it could trigger another suicidal attempt.

I pity those who loses their sanity because of something they think can't be solved. Everything can be solved! you just need to sacrifice something valuable sometimes like dignity, own happiness, credibility or simply your ego but sacrificing such things, of course...is one of the difficult things to do (harder to those who are self-centered, i guess). And i think this is why they attempt to kill themselves! They don't want to be humiliated and/or discriminated because of their mistakes. Others might not want to be blamed, others simply doesn't want to face the trouble they have created in the first place. Their image is too valuable to lose. You don't actually end or solve a problem when you get yourself killed, you're just passing it to other people because you can't solve it yourself.

I admire, however, those who bravely face the truth, those who accepts failure wholeheartedly and move on afterwards, those who understand why people tends to react the way they have reacted. They just let the issue pass through and eventually stands up and tell their detractors "are you done? can i correct my mistake and live a better life now?"

To those who are troubled, just think that there are a lot more people out there who had bigger problems than yours who are striving hard to get through it. Ask for God's grace and guidance. Don't just ask for forgiveness and kill yourself afterwards. Think of something better to LIVE BETTER!

Love is always around no matter how bad the situation is and because of it, time can always heal a wound, even the deepest wound. Try talking to a stranger...it helps..for some =)

Cheer up people, Life is beautiful!

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