With the impeachment and incarceration of the president, we have a division among the citizens on the righteousness of what has transpired in Korea. The religious segment of society wants to see the issue resolved amicably. Politicians are looking forward to the elections and want to see the uniting of citizens.This is a serious issue in the country.
Persons involved in the scandal
do not accept any blame for the situation and those who sympathize with
them do not accept the results of the court.The majority of the citizens
have shown approval for the court decision.
to reconciliation and unity is not easy. Politicians are concerned on
how to gain control of power. Leaders in society are unconscious of the
structural evil in society. Choi-gate which brought about the
impeachment of the president was self-interest, collusion with big
business and lack of concern for the rights and welfare of the citizens.
In View from the Ark column of the Catholic Times a Catholic Medical
School professor gives us his ways to work towards unity and
First of all, we have to acknowledge
our own involvement little as it may be. He quotes a philosopher who
says that when we live without thinking, evil will always be close by.
We often surrender to authority and look for security. In our busy life,
the easiest thing is to follow the flow. When everything falls apart
it's too late to do anything. We have to acknowledge our involvement.
second step is how am I to accept the other person's understanding of
the situation. Our political behavior, is formed for the most part by
our experiences in society, habits, and consequently not done alone. The way we act follows a person's convictions,
values and patterns of thought. Even at times we hear a cry asking for understanding.
We need to not only return to
understanding and dialogue but to understand the place of emotions. When my position is not pushed as absolute we have the
possibility of welcoming the other's idea.There is no complete
theoretical system or methodology. We are just making the best choice
now. We have to make clear that we are both looking forward to what is
best for society and we need to do this together.
Our third step is to forgive each other. We need to be able to forgive
ourselves if we are to forgive others. Even if the other is not able to receive the forgiveness we should be ready to give it, and wait for the
time it will be received. Forgiveness doesn't need a condition. It is a
sign of our love. This becomes the motivation for all we do.