In South Korea’s 2012 presidential election, President Park Geun Hye was elected into presidential office as South Korea’s first female to ever hold the position. Everyone was stunned. Why? Because prior to the election, the internet social sphere of South Korea was lit aflame with supporting remarks for Moon Jae In, Park Geun Hye’s opponent. As the champion of the liberal party, or the Min-Ju-Dang party, everyone was sure that he would win the election, even those that supported the opposing Saenuri-Dang party, for Moon Jae In’s support when it came to public networks was unparalleled.
But when the time came, when the people of South Korea cast their ballots, the silent majority, or the elders of the ever aging population of the peninsula that didn’t access the internet regularly, and didn’t express their opinions on online networks, casted Park Geun Hye, the champion of conservatism.
For decades and decades, this silent majority has prevented progress and innovation from coming to South Korea. Now the fact that Park Geun Hye was voted as president isn’t a bad thing, and the fact that the silent majoirty continues to push and make conservative policies happen isn’t nessecarily bad. But the fact that such a powerful force that moves and shakes the nation of South Korea, with the old and the young people, all the conservatives and all the liberals, stays silent and doesn’t explain WHY it wants those conservative policies passed, is a problem. For democracy to be truly accepting and progressive, and for a democracy to morally develop in the places it’s lacking in, and to stay strong in the places where the nation is already strong in, discussion and debate is nessecary among the country’s population.
Most people will agree that homosexuals are people. But the fact is, in South Korea, homosexuals are isolated to the point that they aren’t even treated as humans. Surveys point to the result that about seventy percent of the South Korean population would not accept a law passing gay marriage. Despite the fact that most of the developed world, with nations like the US, UK, France, accept and embrace the right to marry for homosexuals as a basic human right, South Korea continues to deny this right for homosexuals. People in South Korea make excuses on why they wouldn’t support such a law by saying: “What about the children? Imagine how much the children would be bullied if kids at school knew the child’s parents were gay.” However even if such a thing were to happen, it isn’t the actual policy of gay marriage, or the gay parents to blame, it’s the prejudiced bigoted kids, the apathetic school system that blames the victim instead of the bullies, and the twisted social perception in Korea itself that homosexuals are disgusting creatures that is to blame instead.
And so despite all the arguments for gay marriage, despite all the evidence that points to the conclusion that homosexuality is natural and something someone is born with, and despite all the homosexuals in South Korea currently suffering, the silent and powerful majority continues to reject realty with it’s isolated and unchanging mindset.
People often attribute South Korea’s high teenage suicide rates to the country’s culture of intense academic pressure, but is that really the only reason? Is it even the main reason?
From actual personal friends of mine hanging themselves in restrooms, to soldiers training in the army, going through intense physical suffering to serve their own beloved country, committing suicide in their own military dorms, human examples all around the country show that the isolated conservative mindset that we think protects us, is in fact only protecting the majority, while segregating and torturing the minority, making their unnoticed lives living hells.
In a study conducted by the Korean Health Promotion Foundation, 77% of LGBT teenagers have contemplated suicide, and 54% have actually attempted to take their own lives. And yet the men and women of South Korea continue to harass and humiliate, oblivious what life-threatening effects their nosy judging is causing to their own children and fellow countrymen.
Now although the issue of homosexuality is the one issue chosen in this article to represent the myriad types of problems an isolated and powerful majority can wreak upon a developed and otherwise stable nation like South Korea, unsurprisingly it isn’t the only one.
With forced religion within families, major chaebol/conglomerates sucking up all of Korea’s riches, and business executives up the social ladder taking advantage of their positions to seek “favors” from their subordinates, the problems in South Korea indirectly and directly caused by the silent conservatism that says “eh, get real, s**t happens” when it’s convenient and “over my dead body will I let you do what you want to with your own rights” when something pricks their nose hairs are getting worse and worse, and more numerous and more numerous.
At this point, and as a lonely teenager in this big bad country, I don’t know what to do anymore.
All we can hope for at this point is that we eventually realize that this silent majority thing needs to change.

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