We all have rights as human beings. Christians believe we have been made in the image of God and we have to respect this in dealing with our brothers and sisters. Article 10 of the Korean Constitution: 'All citizens are assured of human worth and dignity and have the right to pursue happiness. It is the duty of the State to confirm and guarantee the fundamental and inviolable human rights of individuals'.
Peace Weekly columnist in his examination of current affairs asks the
readers what is necessary to respect this dignity of life. He mentions
many of the problems in society, the corruption and the absurdity of
much that we see. This is true of all the parties within the
government, big business, and throughout much of society. Peace is
the fruit of justice and without justice we will have chaos.
Korea, seven religious groups have come together to begin a movement to 'live like we should': like human beings, like religious people,
like government officials, like workers, like fathers, like mothers and so
forth. Since over 50 percent of the citizens have a religious
affiliation this would make a difference in society.
university professor in his talk on the movement said the principles
behind a new civilization for the 21st century will have a connection
with the social teaching of the Church. He feels we have to move from
the ontological (from my existence) to the relational.
Europe modernity was advanced with the emphasis on the individual,
the group or nation, and its strengthening and increase; in Asia the classical approach was the relational connection with others.
This paradigm fights against the cut throat competition, and win and
lose philosophy of capitalism, and works for a just society without
sacrificing the weak.
what we are called to by our duties in society faithfully, is the
intention of the movement to 'live like we should'. The columnist
hopes the movement will spread and influence society. Religious people
should have a special option for the poor and weak in society. After the
visit of Pope Francis he hopes the motive force of the movement to 'live
like we should', will influence our society with the relational bond
we have with one another.