The Upcoming South Korean Presidential Election
It’s presidential election season in South Korea. Following U.S. president Obama’s re-election, and in the wake of current President Lee Myung-bak’s streak of enormous unpopularity, 3 remaining souls compete for who will get to pave the way for Korea’s next 5 presidential years. In the first political piece for KoreaBlogs.net, allow us to introduce you to the candidates, the issues, and the international circumstances surrounding this election.
Months ago, there were 5. Now, there are 3. Defunct are the UPP’s (Unified Progressive Party) Lee Jung-hee and the PJP’s (Progressive Justice Party) Sim Sang-jeong. The remaining landscape comprises the conservative Park Geun-hye, the left-winger Moon Jae-in, and the middle ground independent known by the name of Ahn Cheol-soo.
“The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.”
― Terence McKenna
Below is an excerpt from my about page.
|I made an introduction to this website early on in its life, outlining its scope and purpose.What’s said there holds true. This place serves both a practical and a kind of spiritual purpose for me. On the first hand, I’m very interested in the practical; I want a reliable medium to convey my professional skill-set and experience, to easily connect with others, and build towards future goals. My first and foremost priority is to actualize short and long term economic goals and to provide maximum value to prospective employers and my upcoming projects.On the other hand, it would seem wasteful of me not to use my site as a venue for the exploration and sharing of my passions and interests. It would be a superficial ‘playing into the game’ to fall victim to economic tunnel vision. There’s a reason why we call life ‘the game.’ A lot of us treat it like one, and most of us have no choice but to play by the rules if we’re to have any chance of achieving our dreams, or of finding happiness at all. But for most of us, the game is just a game; one that simply must be played. After all, we are not our job. We’re not how much money we have in the bank. We’re not the car we drive. We’re not the contents of our wallet. And we’re not our bleep’ing khakis.
Are we human, or are we dancer? Are we consumers? There’s a reason why our companies have human ‘resource’ departments. Of course, we know that we are more than just resources. But when you load up the right spreadsheets and look through the eye of the global economic engine, we are just that. Ap’praiseable, tradeable, usable, and expendable. Through the economic, consumer based platform that western culture suspends itself upon and has tethered itself to, we really can quantify ourselves.
It would be a crime to oneself to ignore the meaningful. I tend to live my life as a carefree person, but this can be a very serious world. Beneath the modern media catalyzed apathetic culture that anyone reading this has been born into, there are things that affect you and people that you care about that should make you sick to your stomach. And the vague faraway helplessness that you may feel regarding injustices that you do know or have yet to know, is largely illusory. These are topics that should at least be talked about.
That is the long-term goal, and it should be one of your goals too. The topics in the thoughtblog of this website will include the spiritual, the philosophical, the scientific, and the critical. Not all topics will have the ethical flavor exposited above, but they are likely to be topics that too affect everyone directly. As my current main priorities in life are geared towards better availability of income and time, development of the thoughtblog will likely be slow for years to come. It is not a short term, immediate project. It is a long term medium for my long time passions.
Mysteriously, novelty tends to overcome entropy.
This summary covers all of the major bases.
The thoughtblog is the part of my site that will cover topics based on the spiritual, philosophical, scientific, and critical. It is its own partition, and the contents are fundamentally closer to my heart than those of the other endeavors of this site. The following themes encompass areas of my current interest. They are areas of my personal research, my evolving conclusions and worldview, as well as my own independent ideas. My first objective is to know these things. But if I find that I have something that I consider valuable enough to write, I will strive to do so.
Politics, Economics, and Culture
To me, these 3 are largely co-related. And I feel they shape one semantic dimension in our multidimensional semantic world. Such topics will include,
- Global Power Structures (political, financial, economic, cultural)
- Political & Economic Philosophy
- Memes, Values, and Ideas (culture-shaping normative prescriptions)
- History & Current Events
- Hyper History (pre/post human)
- ‘The Singularity’
- Physics & Implications (string, quantum, relative)
- Philosophy of the Mind
- Political & Economic
Tentative Topics: epistemics and statistics, freedom theory, globalization with representation, stakeholder theory, the no-fault hypothesis, the semantic universe, theory of human action.
- Dreams & the Imagination
- Creative Endeavors