First of all, I would like to express my sincere condolences to all those who have lost their beloved and who are still waiting for better news.
April 16, 2014. Sewol went down along with 467 people on board, most of them students going on a field trip. I am not going to write about what happened, how the ship went down, who is to blame, etc. I am pretty sure that all the information about what happened and what is going on is all over the news.
Today, I am going to write out my anger. My writing won’t to be fact based or rational. It seems like this time, I have no choice but to let my irrational anger out through words.
Yes, the government is doing all they can about this catastrophe. What I still don’t understand is the fact the newspapers and news broadcasts published false information about this event, giving the families and every Korean false hope. What was the point in publishing news even when not a single person knew what was going on with the ship?
What are we supposed to believe in if the media is not publishing the truth? Are we to blame the media or are we to blame the government that seems to be hiding the real facts from the people?
From what I can see, there are false information and rumors spreading through social network site and blogs, creating even more confusion for both the onlookers and the government. There are others who are disrespecting the dead, making fun of all the families in grief, and laughing their asses off watching the news every night.
Then I thought…maybe we are all to blame: the government, the families, the onlookers, and myself.
I blame the government for their slow and poor reactive measures. I blame the families for adding to the chaos. I blame the onlookers for belittling the tragedy. And I blame myself for living thousands of miles away and having absolutely no power whatsoever. I blame myself for pretending to be interested and sad, then living on with my life a second later.
One article suggested that maybe the captain of Sewol has been scapegoated as the ‘evil’ one and the ones who actually caused this problem smiles in the shadows. Maybe we are the ones in the shadows.
What I worry most from this tragedy is that the lives of the people on board, especially the lives of the high school students will soon be forgotten. People will talk, the government will come up with some new laws. It’s just that. No protective measures, no compensations. Simple grievances that will last perhaps six months. Sooner or later, another ship carrying hundreds of high school students will sink and nothing, absolutely nothing will be different from the sinking of Sewol.
For the first time in years, I actually think that the world is beginning to end. Not by volcanoes or tsunamis, but by us, the people. Trust disappears, same mistakes made, the people live only for themselves. Yes this might be an overgeneralization, but I simply hope that the few selfish and mindless people do not influence all those who care.
I hope as all others hope, that miracle occurs.
기적처럼 태어났으니 기적처럼 돌아오세요.