Writing and etymology in Korean

Everyone likes to consider themselves good, consider their family, their country good, and generally feel proud of themselves. Everyone loves themselves, but what can you say about the whole world? We see that not many people love the world outside their own country. That makes all the difference. A person strives to improve himself, strives to see his family and country prosper. Throughout history, humanity has been moving along this path.

People tend to associate everything good in life with themselves, and everything bad with someone else. In relation to something bad, such as illness, a person automatically hopes that it will not happen to him. “Let bad things happen outside my family, not in my family, let bad things happen somewhere else, but not in my country.” This way of thinking creates hope for one’s country, one’s family, and oneself.

But despite this, there is no guarantee that everything will happen exactly as we want it to. We know well that we don’t always get the best; most often we are not where we would like to be. A person may bend over backwards to make his way and succeed in this world, but he is not the only one trying to do this. Everyone around is striving for the same thing.

So, everyone wants to become better, but is the result subject to their expectations? Although everyone expects something good to come, many have to take bad things for granted. If there were more good than bad in human life, words like “sea of suffering” or “villainous fate” would not appear in people’s vocabulary.

From this point of view, there is a need for a standard by which what is good and what is bad will be determined, whether at the level of an individual or a country.

If the standard of goodness for a nation differs from person to person, the very desire of a nation for the best is a matter of ridicule. Moreover, even if every person in the country agrees that a certain thing is good, unless a logical answer is given to the question why this is so, the desire for such good may also be doubtful. Therefore, calling something good, we must prove that it is good for the individual, for the family, and for the nation.