Law criminalizing adultery is no longer unconstitutional in Korea and has received a great deal of comment in the press and among citizens. A religious sister in a With Bible article, uses the words of a woman in her forties: "Why marry? Living by oneself is so pleasant. Marriage is binding, we can love and live alone." 'Neither a father or a husband' is a popular SNS internet novel that many find good reason to not want to marry, and in the comments show their enthusiasm and agreement.
Numbers of those living
alone increase daily; living alone is not lonely but peaceful. With
the social network one feels connected with others even though living
alone. The social network has become the refuge for the lonely and a way
to eradicate loneliness. We try to avoid loneliness by buying fun
and love. The efforts to expel the loneliness does not work--only
temporary relief. We spend more time and want more stimulation, and
Sherry Turkel, social psychologist,
says that our expectations from technology are increasing and our
trust on people decreasing. We are using technology more to take
care of ourselves than to help us to relate with others. Technology
has promised us comfort and freedom and instead imprisons us. We
are using the technology to communicate love and friendship but instead
of making us more peaceful we are becoming lonelier and confused.
mythology has the talkative Echo and self-loving Narcissus whose
inability to make their love a reality ends tragically for both. In the
SNS world we have many Echos and Narcissuses who want to make
themselves known with their selfies and self-praises.
than any time in the past we enjoy more freedom but are we more free? Freed from the taboos about sex and bodily pleasures, are we less
lonely? Fast food, booze, games, drama, gambling, lottery, many
temptations but are we more fulfilled? With the advance of technology
we are more comfortable but are we less tired?
our quality of life is decreasing, our thinking more superficial, and our memories poorer. In the digital age we have anxiety disorders,
obsessions and depression, that many have to deal with. In Korea we
have large numbers who have no reason to live, more communication but
more alone, more things to enjoy but lonelier.
Love for a Christian
is not something that is instantaneous, but takes a great deal of
effort. God takes the initiative and is leading the couple. Purity is
an important virtue of those marrying. She mentions in conclusion
the large number of married people who are entering chatting rooms. What
should Christians make of this? Aren't our neighbors those that are
the closest to us- family members? Aren't they the ones we want to communicate with at a deep level? She concludes the article with the words: "Do not conform yourselves to
this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may
judge what is God's will, what is good, pleasing and perfect" (Rom.