A Korean friend recently explained to me why there are so freakin’ many crosses glowing in the night skyline of any Korean city, not even outnumbered by the Giant Glowing Bowling Pins of Pusan (recently reRomanized ‘Busan’, but I’m Old Skool HanGul). There are a lot of Christian churches in Korea, and a lot of Christians. The problem seems to be, though, that Korean folks have a marked tendency to be fractious about…well, pretty much everything. Why do you think the Korean War is still officially unfinished? Anyway, most churches apparently tend to have internal dissension about details of dogma, and fracture into sub-churches frequently and parthenogenetically. One of the concommitant beliefs in this constant splitting and recombining of congregations is a conviction that regardless of the actual size of your churchlet, if you have a bigger, brighter, or more clearly visible cross, you somehow win the dogmatic argument. You are presto-chango more Holy.
Thus, crosses galore.
As always, this story may be apocryphal, but I have heard it a few times from various Korean people.


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  1. Hello! 21 yeas old, I am an undergraduate with the last year in my university— China University of Geosciences. Ironically, my major is Public Administration, nothing to do with geosciences. Oh, yes, you can call me Alex. I like Korea, but not so crazy as some other Chinese young people, who have been influenced by Korean songs, movies, superstars and cars. I certainly can give you many reasons about why I like Korea, but I do not have to. I like it simply because I like it. If I were died today some minutes latter, my biggest regret could be that I have never had a Korean friend and never can speak Korean languish. If you want, I really want to be your friend, a Chinese friend. I have a lot of storied to tell you, however, it will take me too much time to type it. Maybe I can tell you through a long time, since we are friend already. Okay?

  2. Why do you think the Korean War is still officially unfinished?
    i do not want to answer this question. but think about that you(north and south) are the same. you used to be one family.

  3. I would like to make friendship to korean girl and boy.

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