You’re not trying to create a society like this, are you?

▲ Chairman Kim Seol

Days pass by, not knowing whether it’s a cluttered mind because it’s a bad day, or whether the day looks more gloomy because of a cluttered mind. No matter how hard I try not to live with a depressed mind, the society around me, me and my colleagues, is getting more and more gloomy.

Last July, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) changed the status of Korea from a developing country to a developed country. In this regard, the Blue House announced that it had risen to the ranks of advanced countries after 57 years of being designated as a developing country, and overcame the financial crisis beyond the miracle of the Han River. It was briefed that these are indicators that modify Korea in the international community, such as gross domestic product of $1.6 trillion, 10th in the world, semiconductor exports and shipbuilding orders, and the world’s number one in the Bloomberg Innovation Index.

A month before Korea became a developed country, the Haksan Building in Dong-gu, Gwangju was undergoing demolition work for redevelopment. who knew The fact that subcontracting was done, and the construction cost of 5 billion won was cut to 900 million won, and the fact that 9 citizens who were going somewhere in their daily life on a bus could lose their lives.

who knew Two months before Korea became a developed country, young people in their 20s were forcibly locked up in PC rooms in Gwangju and Hwasun for more than 15 hours a day, working like slaves in countless violence and insults.

who knew Before Korea became a developed country, they died from being caught in a crusher, to a conveyor belt, to a pressure press, to die from workplace bullying, to die from performance pressure, to die from a building collapse, to overturn a ship, and to die after working more than 70 hours a week. , that he would die during field training. Now that Korea has become a developed country in name and reality, there should be no such thing, and it should not be.

Today, as I am writing the column, a young man was sentenced to four years in prison before the court on charges of murder. The appeal was dismissed. My father’s emergency surgery cost 20 million won for hospitalization, cell phones and city gas were cut off, and there was no money to buy rice. Whose responsibility is this? Can this young man be held accountable? What can we say to this young man who is most reproaching himself even at this moment?

Was it an entertainment show called Abnormal Summit? said the Norwegian youth. “In Norway, free education and free medical care are provided. If the hospital diagnoses that you need treatment for 30 years, that person can stay in the hospital for free for 30 years.” It is said that free education and free medical care were slogans similar to the slogans of the now-defunct Democratic Labor Party. When I was in the lower grades of elementary school, there were voices that demanded free medical care and free education as much as the heat of the 2002 World Cup. What if Korea could create free medical care, just as Korea advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup? If that had been the case, one day in November 2021, a young man living in South Korea would not have had to stand on trial or go to jail.

Is it true that we are living in a developed country? I want to resent someone, but the object of the resentment is not clear. This must be due to the gloomy weather.

Ah, here’s another 50 years ago. This Saturday, November 13th. November 13, 1970 was a Friday. If it were today, many office workers would be waiting for Friday evening and there would be a bit of excitement. Jeon Tae-il threw his life into the flames with a shriek of “observe the Labor Standards Act!” Two days left. That day, 51 years after Jeon Tae-il’s death.

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