Thoughts Over Vacation

“You only miss people after they’re gone.”

 

I thought of this during summer break when I missed all my friends and teachers at school. While they are near, you don’t realize how precious that moment is, and sometimes you regret that a lot afterwards.

 

For example, I missed all the things I did everyday with my friends from dozing off during class to playing soccer during lunch. It’s lucky that it was only a short period of separation, and now I’m back in school with all the people that mean a lot to me.

 

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The Friends Effect: It’s Saving Your Life

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10 Inspiring Koreans

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1. List (5 obvious, 5 obscure)

Dan Gun Wang Gum (단군왕검)

=The founder of “Korea” as a country.

King Sejong (세종대왕)

=A great king of the Josun Era. He created the first forms of Hangul, Korea’s official written language.

An Jung Geun (안중근)

=A passionate Korean nationalist, patriot, and independence activist.

Ban Ki Moon (반기문)

=The eighth and current secretary-general of the United Nations.

Kim Yuna (김연아)

=A famous figure-skater who has won numerous awards and medals.

Park Jisung (박지성)

=A prominent professional soccer player who was said to have “two hearts” to account for his untiring iron fitness.

Park Tae Hwan (박태환)

=A swimmer, who has won many times on world stages.

Son Yeon Jae (손연재)

=A rising rhythmic gymnast. She has participated in the olympics even at her young age.

Psy (싸이)

=A singer and celebrity, well-known for many songs, most notably “Gangnam Style.”

Kim Seung Su (김성수)

=An extremely wise, and friendly educator. He is not famous, however those who have met him say they surely have strong emotions toward him deep in their hearts. He leaves a mark, in each person.

2. Choose one of the 10 as MOST significant

Ban Ki Moon.

3. Explain why? (What we should emulate)

Ban Ki Moon is an inspiring, and great person. He is already famous world-wide, and creates a pride for South Koreans. If we retrace his path, from an ordinary South Korean, and his aspire to the Secretary-General of the U.N., we can glimpse the gigantic obstacles and hardships he met on the way, and how he dealt and overcame each one. Much effort and sheer grit was necessary to travel such a path as his, and this is the reason why many people admire him. He should also be properly introduced to foreigners other than South Koreans.

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5. Quote and/or 사자서어 (hanja, hangul, romanization of pronunciation, english meaning)

“Together we want to help the world see and believe in a better future.”

Meaning? As it is.

Ban Ki Moon believes in finding, creating, and keeping an ideal world which is peaceful, happy, and equal. He tries his very best to contribute in the effort to realize this world, and sets this value above any others. He also continues to believe in such a world, and the fact that it can be brought into actualization. This fits his position as a diplomat, since a diplomat attempts to make the best decision possible that would benefit the most people as a whole.

 

I Agree!

I read my friend Myeong Seo’s blog, (http://audtj1338.wordpress.com/page/2/)

and just wanted to talk about a post, that I agreed with her about.

 

The title of her post was In to the ‘Core’, In to the movie “Core’

The Core  is a futuristic sci-fi movie about a situation where the core has stopped flowing. It causes many problems, and may be the end of the world. A team of scientists, physicists, and other professionals go down inside the Earth to fix the problem and save the day.

We also watched the same movie in our class! We watched it time to time between regular lectures, and I really enjoyed it.  Reading what she wrote about the movie. I had the impression that she did as well! We also seemed to agree that watching the movie was not a waste of time! As Myeong Seo said, watching <The Core>

“made me to go over(review) the midterm exam indirectly.”

We were able to review learned concepts, and get to know new ones as we watched them incorporated into the action and suspense of the plot. Seeing we saw things similarly, I wanted to ask her, did she also think that the movie was too cruel? Since for me, it was pretty sad when I watched the scene where the characters had to die. It seemed terrible, especially when the other crew members had literally caused the death.

I enjoyed the movie, and Myeong Seo’s article about it!

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On Science

Science is one of my favorite subjects, although the fact that it is the subject I score highest may contribute to this opinion.

So today I will write a few lines on this subject, specifically on biology.

 

Biology is fascinating. I always look forward to the class, and when it finally comes, I immerse into the lesson and absorb what our teacher tells us. This semester we are learning about reproduction and the cell cycle. When I saw and learned how a baby came into being, or how a cell divided itself into two identical cells,  I start to wonder how all of the life that surrounds us started. I marvel at its wonders, and science becomes that much more exciting. I am also interested with other topics in Biology, specifically DNA, and although it may be hard, I wish to learn more about it. The teacher also contributes to my love of the subject. She is calm, and thorough, and creates a comfortable yet somewhat serious and firm atmosphere. I can freely ask questions, but also at the same time everyone refrains from chatting, because the other students, and the teacher, both stare at them. My parents graduated as engineers, and they always encourage me to follow their career path. However, my dream is to become a lawyer, although my favorite subject will probably always be SCIENCE. Or maybe English….

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References

This is an essay I wrote last year as a school assignment.

I now copy-paste it in this post to add proper citations and references.

Heroes Among Us

MS20143 Sol Jun
August 30, 2013

A hero does not have to wear a cape. A hero does not have to possess superpowers. Christopher Reeve once compared a hero and an ordinary person and said, “…A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” This is really the only difference which makes a normal person a hero. Taking this perspective, one can easily spot heroes, all living among us. One of these heroes is Atticus Finch. Although he leads a typical and normal life, with his superhuman empathy, subtle gentleness, and uncompromising integrity, Atticus Finch is probably one of greatest heroes in the world of literature.

Atticus Finch is a fictional character in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. He lives in the town of Maycomb, Alabama, the widowed father of two children, his son Jem and his daughter Scout. He is known and held in high regard by the people of the town for his wisdom, patience, and exemplary behavior. People in distress and with concerns often come to him for counsel, of which he gives them. He makes a comfortable living from his profession as a lawyer. Simply, Atticus lives a perfectly ordinary life. That changes when Atticus comes to defend Tom Robinson, a black man being accused of the rape of a white woman.

The first way in which Atticus is a hero is found in his seemingly unlimited amount of empathy for others. Atticus, in his daily frequent imparting of bits of wisdom to his children, once said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (p29,30)

He not only repeated this advice continuously to his children, he lived by it himself. For example, Bob Ewell. Even after a totally one-sided trial, the racial prejudice in the town people leads to innocent Tom Robinson being sentenced to death. Bob Ewell, the father of the claimant, however, is not satisfied with the verdict, feeling that he has been insulted during the trial, and the next day comes to face Atticus. Bob leaves after vowing revenge and literally spitting in his face. Atticus, after wiping everything off, then serenely wishes Bob a good night. After the incident, Atticus says to his son,

Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell’s shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does. So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and I’d rather it be me than that houseful of children out there. You understand? (p218).

This dialogue not only shows understanding Atticus has of others, it also shows the self-sacrifice he is willing to make. In this one example, Atticus displays his amazing ability to understand others. This ability originates from his inner strength, in which he uses to forget his own personal feelings, and take another person’s perspective, which other people can sometimes find to be very difficult.

Another of Atticus’s characteristics which makes him a hero is his gentleness and patience. Saint Francis de Sales once said, “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength,” and similarly, it is Atticus’s gentle and patient manner that reveals his true strength. For instance, Atticus never laid a hand on either of his children, nor punish them in any method involving shouting or force, as many fathers do. Rather, Atticus reasoned with them, and made efforts to have them see the wrong in their behavior. With his gentleness and ever-open arms, in a way, Atticus plays the role as both a father and a mother to his children. Another example is in the country jail. Noisy, enraged mobs frequently appeared at the entrance to the jailhouse, intent on killing Tom. In response to this, Atticus started staying outside the building all night, reading. When facing the furious people, he used neither force or swears. Instead, he talked to them slowly and calmly, in a gentle voice. Surprisingly, every time, Atticus was able to suppress the anger and violence in the people. This shows that, “the pen is mightier than the sword” as is the common phrase.

Finally, if for nothing else, Atticus must be called a hero because of his integrity and moral courage. There are various examples of this in the story, and the clearest one is the very fact that Atticus chose to represent and defend Tom Robinson at his trial. The setting of this book is set in the 1930s, when slavery was legal and when racial prejudice was firmly rooted in the minds of the people. Atticus obviously knew this, moreover that it was inevitable that he would receive hate and anger from the townspeople should he choose to take Tom’s side. He probably also predicted that Tom’s trial, although the evidence clearly showed Tom was innocent, would not end out very well. Nonetheless, as Atticus once said to Jem,

…courage is [not] a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do… (p112)

Atticus summoned his moral courage and this gave him the strength to make the decision. This clearly proves what kind of person Atticus is; someone who pushes on, no matter what is in his way, for what he believes is right. Atticus believed that it was right that Tom should receive a fair trial, and that it was his duty to make sure it happened.

When one looks at Atticus Finch, in his three-piece suit and his book as a constant companion, by appearance they

might only see a quiet, calm and polite man. But it is the inner strength that makes a hero. Atticus Finch may be no more than an average person in an average town, but with his empathy, gentleness, and integrity as his powers, he is a hero.

CITATION: (Lee, Harper, and Ruth Benton. Blackmore. To Kill a Mockingbird. London: Hodder Murray, 2007. 29-30. Print.)

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In Time: An Economic Critique

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“For a few to be immortal, many must die.” This is the principle of the future society the movie <In Time> takes place in. Through the development of technology, each person is engineered to stop aging once they become twenty-five. However, then the population would continually increase, and eventually the increasing demand for resources would outweigh the supply. This is why “the system” was created. In this way the system acts as a mechanism which keeps the population in check, ensuring enough people die. Let us look further into the economic system that forms the basis of the society. There are few aspects that lead us to question the feasibility of some events in the movie.

The first aspect is that time, the universal unit currency and basis of the economy, is continually disappearing. Let us take the example of “money” when comparing it to “time” as currency. When the consumer spends money in purchasing a good or service, it ultimately goes to the producer, or provider of the product. Such trades are made everywhere in the market, and the money moves around one pocket to another. Yet, it still stays within the boundaries of the market it was issued in, and the total amount of money within the market stays the same, it is only a matter of distribution. In the movie, time is being used in two different types of trades. The first trade is no different to the one mentioned above with money; between the consumer and producer. However, the second type is different. An individual’s time is continuously being paid as an opportunity cost to live. For example, for every minute a person lives, the time on their watch decreases that same amount. To live five minutes, you must pay five minutes of currency. In this trade, the producer does not exist, and the time spent simply “disappears.” It does not end up in possession of another. This means that unless the government, or another group of authority “creates” and distributes time to precisely match the rate at which it is leaking, either deflation or inflation would occur in the market. However, seeing the authorities powerless to do anything about the people crossing time zones with stolen time, the level of security and “time management” does not seem thorough enough to do so.

Over the course of the movie, the two protagonists work to collapse the system that has oppressed the poor, and in the end they succeed, by causing hyperinflation. They start by stealing a million years, and distribute this to the poor people in the ghettos. The movie makes it seem so simple and quick, however, we must approach the process looking for loopholes. The facts are that hyperinflation is nearly impossible in such a society, and even if it occurs, the market will soon bring itself back to its original state. This is because of the characteristics of the currency, “time.” As mentioned previously, “time” as currency differs significantly from “money.” Time is continuously being spent to buy time for the consumer’s life. In doing so, the currency simply evaporates into thin air. The amount of time existing within circulation is decreasing non-stop. Therefore, even if a giant amount of time was released into circulation, after a certain period of time, the people originally from the ghettos will use up their time, and be forced to return, back to their jobs and their poor lifestyle. The rich, having more time than these “newly-rich,” will be able to sustain themselves for a longer time. At the end of the day, the gap between the haves and the have-nots will again form, possibly even further, as the rich release their wrath as punishment for the rebellious lower-class of society.

The third aspect deals with the aftermath of the system’s collapse. Even after supposing that the protagonists have successfully brought down the entire system, there are side-effects that must be considered. They might even have made the situation worse, because they have created a situation where there results a huge imbalance of supply and demand. Before, the working class in the ghettos were pressured to work. If they chose not to, the opportunity cost was their own life. In short, the poor worked producing goods and services for the rich, in order to prolong their own lives. However, now that these people are not in any danger of dying, they have quit their jobs, and started crossing the borders between their time zones, and the ones of the rich. Soon, the supply of products will dramatically plummet since the factories they normally worked in have halted production, and at the same time the demand for such products will become larger than ever, as they have joined the consumer group. This means that although there would be many consumers willing to pay, the society would start to lack even basic commodities for them to buy. Any products, especially ones essential for survival, will skyrocket in value, possibly causing hyperinflation. Additionally, if the system is gotten rid of, this means that society is back to square one; the mechanism controlling the population level is now gone. Without the system, the society must face the same supply and demand imbalance problem again. Technology has already made it possible for everyone to have an eternal life. Who will be sacrificed? Although the system that keeps time has been disposed of, we can predict that another one will take its place.

The movie <In Time> takes place on an interesting premise, a society where time is equivalent to money. This is turn creates a unique economy, one that is different from our own in reality. There are several flaws in it, which where discovered in the characteristic of “time” as currency, that it disappeared from the market circulation. This also caused the method the protagonists used to collapse the system, hyperinflation, to turn out to be infeasible, since the market would soon be back to normal, leaving the class difference untouched. Last but not least, when assuming the system has collapsed, the consequences it leaves in its wake will be extremely difficult to deal with. First, that the production of goods and services will stop, and second, that now that everyone lives forever, another system which controls the population will be implemented. Since, for a few to be immortal, many must die.

CITATION: In Time. Dir. Andrew Niccol. Perf. Amada Seyfried and Justin Timberlake. 2011. Film.

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My Grammar Nightmare

To Dahee,

Hi. I’m Sol Jun, and as you are my favorite junior student, I would like to give you some advice on English, specifically grammar!

When I studied English grammar, I struggled with subject-verb agreement. See, if the subject is singular, the verb also should be singular, and if the subject is plural, the verb should be plural.

For example,

Most comets have two kinds of tails.

The subject is a plural (comets) so the verb is also plural (have, not has!)

Now, let’s have a few practice problems. Try to get them all right.

 

1. Forming a circle with the thumb and index finger (means/mean) money to a Korean person but it stands for OK to an American person.

2. To have some experiences about something different from our job (broadens/broaden) our horizon about the world around us.

3. How a flock of birds moves flawlessly as an organized group (has been/have been) discovered by some physicists.

 

The answers are at the bottom!! Also right belows are two links to online quizzes, if you want to solve some more problems. From my experience, the only way to become good at English grammar is to practice, practice, practice!!! I have overcome subject-verb agreement, and therefore so can you!! Have hope, and good luck.

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/quiz.pl/sv_agr_quiz.htm

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/quiz.pl/sv_agr_quiz.htm

 

Answers: 1. means 2. broadens 3. has been

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A Song for the World

 

This song describes the show, which is all fun and games within the span of its duration, and compares it with the aftermath, where the once busy lights, stage, and seats are left empty, and lonely. This symbolizes the reality of life, and its many aspects, and can shed light on the truth, sometimes, that we do not wish to face.

Translations are by myself.

Song Title

<연극이 끝나고 난 후> / After the Show is Over

Lyrics

Korean/English

연극이 끝나고 난 뒤
혼자서 객석에 남아
조명이 꺼진 무대를
본 적이 있나요

 

After the show is over

Alone among the empty seats

Have you ever seen

The stage dark and unlit
음악 소리도
분주히 돌아가던 셋트도
이젠 다 멈춘채
무대 위엔
정적만이 남아 있죠
어둠만이 흐르고 있죠

The music

And the sets that played

Are all stopped

And on the stage is left

Only silence

Only darkness
배우는 무대 옷을 입고
노래하며 춤추고
불빛은 배우를 따라서
바삐 돌아가지만
끝나면 모두들 떠나버리고
무대위엔
정적만이 남아 있죠
고독만이 흐르고 있죠

Actors wear stage costumes

Sing and dance

The lights, following them

Are busy during the show

But after all is over

On the stage is left

Only silence

Only loneliness
연극이 끝나고 난 뒤
혼자서 무대에 남아
아무도 없는 객석을
본 적이 있나요

 

After the show is over

Alone on the stage

Have you ever seen

The empty seats of the crowd
힘찬 박수도
뜨겁던 관객의 찬사도
이젠 다 사라져
객석에는
정적만이 남아 있죠
침묵만이 흐르고 있죠

The vigorous applause

The roar of the crowd

Are all gone

In the seats is left

Only silence

Deafening silence
관객은 열띤 연기를 보고
때론 울고 웃으며
자신이 주인공이 된 듯
착각도 하지만

 

The crowd watches the show

And cries and laughs

Sometimes fall into the pretense that

They are the center of it all
끝나면 모두들 떠나 버리고
객석에는
정적만이 남아 있죠
고독만이 흐르고 있죠
정적만이 남아 있죠
고독만이 흐르고 있죠

 

But all the show is over

Everyone leaves and left in the seats is

Only silence

Only loneliness

Only silence

Only loneliness