Thursday, 13 December 2012

(Day 145) Seoul Nambu Correctional Facility-day 50 D-106

Breakfast, lunch & dinner = December 5

I've written about the rules seem to exist for the convenience of the person quoting the rules and not the receiver, before. And how, when told the rules, I've challenged and demanded to see where the rule is written. Lately, I've noticed that a lot of Koreans get in trouble for corruption or to put it another way, where they've bent the rules for their own gain and been caught. It's a big problem here. Big enough Korea is viewed as one of the most corrupt country in the world by both other Koreans and foreigners.
It seems now, rather than simple monetary gain, it's turned around and bit the whole country in the ass. Someone decided that forging quality certificates for the parts keeping their nuclear reactors from meltdown was acceptable. Luckily this corruption was discovered before it turned everyone into walking light bulbs. Korea now faces an electricity shortage do to said reactors being shut down while the offending parts are replaced with genuine articles.
In the winter especially an abnormally cold one like this, no electricity is a very bad thing. Since I'm in a government institution, I don't have to worry about running out of electricity, but once again it's the poor who suffer the most. Really, everybody suffers when they shut down whole sections of the country.
Watch out for knock offs. You get what you pay for, or rather; you don't get what you should.

I read this in the paper today; I had to copy it down. It's a perfect analogy of  how serious about our lives we shouldn't be. Enjoy your life.
“What’s evolution” by Mariko Hasegawa, 2010
 All of life on Earth in a one year time frame:
·         January 1st - Earth is born
·         April 8th - first signs of life
·         November 1st - simple cell life appears
·         November 26, afternoon - first fish
·         November 9th to 26th - dinosaurs appear
·         December 25th - first monkeys
·         December 31st, 8:10 p.m. - first humans
Each of our lives is worth a fraction of a nano second. It doesn't mean our lives are insignificant-- just that we shouldn't take everything so seriously.