This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.
So former President Roh jumped off a mountain at 6:40am on Saturday morning.
I was on the KTX at that moment, departing Seoul to go to Gwangju. Just before I arrived there, something came on the TV, but I didn’t pay attention to it. Then a passenger answered her cellphone and blathered on about how she’s almost at her destination and then said, “Oh yeah! It’s on TV right now!”
I still didn’t bother to watch the TV, and I got off the train and met my uncle who picked me up. That was when he turned on the radio and the news of Roh’s death came and registered in my brain. And all my uncle could say to me was this: “What kind of country our we to force a former president like him to death?” I couldn’t answer because I had no clue what was going on with him. Sure, I briefly heard about his money scandal starting last month, but my interest in that kind of stuff is zero, so I knew nothing. However, now that I am finally on the computer (I had no computer access in Gwangju for fifteen hours) and am reading what’s going on in English, I understand.
After reading what happened, all I can say now is this: South Korea has a major problem with suicide, and it’s all because of the people. The people who are too critical of everyone and anyone, the people who like to gang up onto the victim until they have no choice but to commit suicide, and the people who refuses to realise it’s their fucking fault.
Granted, sometimes people do deserve the criticisms for whatever scandal or illegal activity they do, but I’m thinking more along those people who commit suicide for not doing anything bad. I’m thinking of those people who feel ashamed for not getting into the university they were told to get into. I’m thinking of those people who are expected to act in a certain way and when they don’t, they get bashed on. Sure, there have been a recent onslaught of celebrities deaths, but I know there are also those who are normal people like you or me who feel like they really shamed their nation, their people to the point they have to commit suicide.
Really, now, in these situations, collective society is a bitch. Of course, this entire post doesn’t have to be about South Korea — any country will do — but I think about all the famous suicides that occurred in South Korea in the last five years, and all I can do is just shake my head at my fellow people and my home country.