New words continue to be coined and used. Korea imports a lot of new words from the west and a columnist in the Peace Weekly introduces us to the word YOLO, an acronym used by the young: "You Only Live Once."
situation being what it is in Korea these days,very similar to other
parts of the world, worrying about the future is considered counter
productive and the need to find happiness here and now. It can be used
as motivation for reckless behavior but also for personal development.
only live once so makes the most of it ' vs "Many little pickles
makes a mickle" (many little things add up to a lot)-- The light even
shines in a mouse hole-- The writer asks her readers were do they stand?
Do they limit themselves to the happiness of each day or prepare for
the future by accepting the difficulties of the present?
is popular in Korea and has become the life style of many young people.
Last year in September YOLO was added to the Oxford Dictionary as a
new word. Rarely used by the older generation it has great appeal to
the young. The way the price of commodities are increasing, young people
don't have the dreams of their elders and easily accept YOLO
thinking. Living for the day with their interests, personal development
and present happiness.
In the Seoul diocese
on April 7th, 500 young people with the Cardinal took time to make the
Stations of the Cross for over two hours. The cardinal invited the young
people to prepare to walk the pilgrimage road that lays ahead. "You
will be facing many unimaginable situations in life but you never should
doubt the mercy of God that is always there." And added: "Our Blessed
Mother will always be accompanying you on the journey."
YOLO is the word that was in the background and is always there to tempt the
young people in a life style not suited for a follower of Jesus. The
situation in which they live has taken their dreams away.
matter the situation one should not give in to anger, frustration and
helplessness but a need to have hope and love. When one believes someone is accompanying them on the road that they are taking, they
will gain strength.