Why might you need it [therapy]? When there is stuff in your life, past or present, that holds you back. So, deal with it, or bury it; that's often the problem. But you want to get over it: put it in a place where it not longer hurts so much, or stops you seeing straight and getting on with your life. You can't change the past - but you can put it behind you and move on.Notice how Aidan Foster-Carter seems worried about how Koreans might react to his mentioning the obvious, which suggests to me that Korean watchers and historians are often not free to speak their minds when it comes to Korean history because they know how easily Koreans get their feelings hurt, which may result in their lose of career-enhancing friends and supporters in Korea. That also suggests to me that we are getting a Korea-friendly version of history from our Korean historians.
As with individuals, so with nations. At the risk of losing friends in my favorite country, I shall stick my neck out and bluntly ask: Why can't South Koreans see Japan straight? (The same goes for North Koreans, for that matter.) Shouldn't they, dare I say, get help on this?
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Aidan Foster-Carter - "Why can't Koreans see Japan straight?
Aidan Foster-Carter has a new article up on the Web site Asia Times entitled "Why can't Koreans see Japan straight?" It talks about how Korea's obssession with the past is clouding its future. He starts out his article by suggesting that Korea might need to see a psychiatrist to help it put its past behide it.