• Throwing Away One’s Heart to Think More


    Wistfulness of the Hwang Woo-suk wave

    On August 12, 2011, Professor Yamanaka Shinya of Kyoto University obtained a US patent for induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells. As the first in the world to get this patent, he used a new method unlike the method of extraction from human embryonic stem cells which had brought a lot of ethical questions.

    As a competitor with Japan in the bio market, it was a big turnover on Korea’s side. One expert made a comment that “The frustration from Japan’s success is even bigger, for we had experienced the wave of Hwang Woo-suk just a few years ago. It was just three years ago when Professor Hwang’s original technology was getting academic recognition both at home and abroad and the ethical problem of embryonic stem cells was being brought up. This is due to the regret and aftershock we have that if we might have made a different choice or tried to solve this issue through a different dimension, we might be having a different future by now.” His remark points out the Korean nature of easily making a judgment and conclusion.


    Brilliant beginning of Ali’s story

    The mentor of the first African-American President, Barack Obama, is Mohammad Ali,

    the pro boxer who was selected as the ‘Sportsman of the 20th Century’ in1999. He left a famous quote, ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.’ Ironically, what paved the way for him to develop into a world renowned person is the most painful incident he experienced when he was young. He was twelve years old when he rode his new bicycle to get free ice cream from an auditorium. However, while there, his bike was stolen. When he went to the basement of the auditorium crying, Martin, who was a police officer teaching boxing there, told Ali to learn boxing to teach the thieves a lesson. Ultimately, he started boxing from that day. His close friend Allen Howard, who is an award-winning screenwriter said “Who would have thought that the stolen bike was the key to the beginning of the Ali Mohammad story?”


    Arrius’ failure to commit suicide

    The movie ‘Ben Hur’ is a masterpiece that was awarded an Academy Award for Best Adopted Screenplay in 1960 including an unprecedented eleven Academy Awards. It is a story about a Jewish prince who is betrayed by his good Roman friend, Messala; sold as a galley slave where he saves Consul Arrius during a war with the pirates and is adopted as his son. He returns home where he wins the chariot race with Messala after which he saves his mother and sister and believes in Jesus Christ. One of the memorable scenes is where, after the war with the pirates, on top of a piece of broken ship, Arrius tries to commit suicide, thinking he lost the war. Ben Hur protects him from committing suicide and ultimately they come to realize that they have actually won a great victory in the war. What would have happened if Arrius had committed suicide just by judging from the situation around him?

    In-seng-ji-sa, se-ong-ji-ma (In life, there are always ups and downs)

    There is a famous saying that goes, ‘In-seng-ji-sa, se-ong-ji-ma.’ In a small village, an old man had a female horse and one day it disappeared. The neighbors in the village came along to console him. The old man answered, saying, "I should wait and see if this is really a good thing or a bad thing." Not long after, the female horse that had disappeared returned with a male horse. The neighbors congratulated the old man, that this was indeed such a good thing to happen. However, he answered again that he had to wait and see. The years went by and one day the old man's son fell off while riding the male horse and broke his leg. The neighbors consoled him. Again the old man's words were unchanging. After some time, a war broke out and all the young men were drafted into the military and many died on the battlefield. However, the old man's son could escape the disaster because of his broken leg. This is a story that teaches us to not easily judge something, for one never knows what can happen in the future.


    How dangerous it is to believe in oneself

    "Everyone has the heart to believe in oneself. People live thinking they are best in something without carefully thinking. However, if one thinks just a little deeper, one can realize many mistakes and failures. When one acknowledges this fact, one can come to perceive that, 'Oh! I have thought so wrong! I am not the best. I was deceived to think this way!' Until one realizes the real self, it is very easy for one to think of himself as smart and all right. An example of how dangerous it is to believe in oneself is, when I don't believe in someone, I will verify if his/her word is true or not. If I believe in that person, I would believe the words. However those who believe in themselves will just believe without any verification." (“Who Are You Who Is Dragging Me?” pg.126 Author Pastor Ock Soo Park)


    By thinking a bit deeper

    "The thoughts that come from the heart of believing in oneself are immediate primary thoughts. Those who live with primary thoughts cannot think that it is wrong to be living miserably being drug addicted. However, by thinking a bit more, one can easily realize how wrong those thoughts are. Such are collateral secondary thoughts. Very often, one can realize how wrong the primary thoughts are through the secondary thoughts. We should not just follow the primary thoughts that immediately arise within our hearts. When such thoughts arise, one should be able to think deeper, 'Let me think from a different perspective. Is this the right thought?' By having secondary thoughts, one can realize that the primary thoughts often believed are not so true. It is unfortunate to see many live believing in themselves and not knowing what is wrong." (“Who Are You Who Is Dragging Me?” pg.127 Author Pastor Ock Soo Park)





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