Sung-bong Choi: A Great, Heroic Story of a Self-Made Man
I’d love to share this one. I believe this video clip highlights the difference not only between South Korea and North Korea, but also between INDIVIDUALISM and COLLECTIVISM.
Individualism is for the freedom, rights, independence and free will of every individual. Collectivism is for the will, caprices or whims of any given moment of any group, gangs, political party, pressure group, collective against the individual.
Thus, individualism is for FREE SOCIETY.
In a free society like South Korea, any man, poor or rich, can have the chance and opportunity to make his life better.
This 22-year-old young man named Sung-bong Choi lived alone since he was three. Nobody helped him and he neither thought nor believed that society, the government or others had the DUTY or OBLIGATION to help him.
”Regardless of his hard life, he passionately runs toward what he really wants…”
Great, heroic people like Sung-bong Choi exist not merely because of their passion and courage, but because the kind of political system of their society, for all its faults, allowed/allows them to succeed.