North Korea: Japan’s nightmare or South Korea’s lost brother

 

In the last weeks, North Korean missiles pass across Japanese territory, which you as can imagine, it’s concerning, scary and alarming. In other words, we are living in fear.

Since I can remember, North Korea has always been a difficult subject in the region. It is like having a little cousin, who has an endless tantrum.

But, in my experience, South Korea see the North as the missing brother at the family table. When you meet South Korean people, you would expect them to hold a grudge against their North Korean siblings.

But to my surprise, there are always warm words from the South Koreans, as if the North were a long lost brother, as if they (South Korean people) were longing the moment they (South and North Korea) could be reunited once again.

Why is then all this missile shooting about?

I, sadly, think that Kim Jong-un has lost his mind. Just think about it, he was raised not to think but to obey and fear his father. And when he (Kim Jong-il) died, the power fell onto his (Kim Jong-un) lap and with it, his father’s legacy (Kim Jong-il), his unsolved business, and a starving nation. In other words, he (Kim Jong-un )is scared and overwhelmed. That’s why he is behaving like a trapped animal because he feels that way.

 

Please, do not think for a moment, I am defending him because I am not, I am trying to understand him (Kim Jong-un).

 

But I have to admit that Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, put a string on our, already damaged, relationship with North Korea, when he decided to change article 9, the article that prevents Japan from entering into any armed conflict. In other words, Kim Jong-un fears that Japan changed its laws so we can “legally” go and get him. He (Kim Jong-un) is paranoid. And as any paranoid person, he is just responding to his fears. No matter how unrealistic they (fears) seem to us. For him (Kim Jong-un) these concerns are real.

 

But Kim Jong-un probably doesn’t know that we, people who live in Japan, strongly opposed to it (the change of article, 9). We still do. We don’t agree with it. But the Japanese Government little listens to the population.

 

Perhaps, Shinzō Abe is not the leader Japan hoped for after all.

 

And to make things worse, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, makes dangerous statement such as “North Korea is begging for war” which only helps to fuel the fire that it’s already burning.

 

Nikki Haley, Shinzō Abe, and Mr. Trump forget that millions of lives are at stake here, when they decide to talk big and to make changes in their international relations’ approach.

But it all depends on our perspective of the issue, so to finish, I would like to leave you with this question: Is North Korea, Japan’s nightmare or South Korean’s lost brother?

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We are all one

 

It is no secret that lately the world seems to be upside down. Hatred, racism, and terrorist attacks make more headlines than ever before.

But why? Where did we go wrong?

We seem about to fall off the cliff. We seem to walk deeper into obscurity when what we want is to see the light. And yet somehow, we can’t wake up from the nightmare.

Human beings are born with a good nature, and there are many types of research and studies that prove this statement. However, in the process of our education, at home and school, we are taught that our religion is better than all the other religions in the world, that our country is the best country in the world, that our language is better than all the other languages in other words. In other words, we are better than all people in the world.

We are taught since forever that we are different and better. 

Nobody tells us that the persons beyond our borders are as human as we are, that their religion is as true as our religion, that their language is as beautiful as our language, and that their country is as beautiful as ours.

We are not taught to respect and to love but to segregate. Our parents, the school, and our societies do not teach us that we are all in this world together. And being in this world together means we are all brothers and sisters. We are all neighbors.

We divide human beings into races as if such thing existed.

According to anthropologists, we are all homo sapiens descendants of the same African woman who provided life to her descendants, us. We are all her descendants. In other words, If you are alive today, and you are reading this, you and I, whatever, the color of our skin, are united in more ways we can ever imagine.

Nobody is better than anybody because of their color of skin, religion, language, social position, nationality, sexual orientation, and education.

Nothing, absolutely nothing makes us better than another human being.

Hence, let’s forget about what we have been taught, and let’s instead start seeing each other with respect and love.

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