|It is said that one lives longer with a positive attitude towards life, so it may not contribute to one's health to be for example too cynical towards Koreans' claims that theirs is a nation of good manners and affection between people, but sometimes (some would say "often") Koreans themselves make it difficult not to be negative. |
I'm pretty much speechless after reading the piece of news that a divorced father had sold his two-year son for 6 million won in 1998 two a childless couple to pay for his horse race gambling habit, and that the couple who acquired the boy took care of him for six years but handed him over to a childcare facility after their business failed.
The father has now been arrested.
Now I should perhaps say something like "the notion of the relation between parents and children is different" or "it has been a common cultural practice to leave one's children for others to be taken care of." Or better, I could take this as another proof (besides Lotto, for example; my earlier post, and another; and yet one) that money in general and gambling in particular are disruptive for the Korean society, communities (kongdongch'e) and interpersonal relations.
근데 하는 척 했더라도 누가 진짜로 황금 보기를 돌같이 했을까? 황금이 돌같이 많은 놈?
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