Monday, March 21, 2011

Materialism in Korea

Theresa Kim Hwa-young reports — Young South Koreans, children of the 90’s financial crisis, rich but unhappy. "For the majority of young South Koreans, money remains the main objective to be achieved in life," she reports.

"They consider that happiness is a direct consequence of wealth," while "the obsessive search for wealth and a greater physical and psychological stress has led to an increase in suicides." She reports, "To stem the materialist drift of young Koreans, the Archdiocese of Seoul has launched a series of targeted intervention programs."

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Blogger 유미 said...

I wonder what role, if any, the Prosperity Gospel has to play in that mindset. Or perhaps Korean Protestantism is very different from it's American counterpart (at least the one shown on Sunday mornings).

11:10 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I'm afraid it's not very different. I would place blame on that particular heresy, however. Since most Koreans are irreligious, worldy success is the sole criteria for many. Thus, the Prosperity Gospel fit in quite well.

11:37 AM  

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