I had no idea there was something more to Ji Ho's mind than the frivolity of a Korean rich kid I often catch dozing off in my 9am class. Surely, this sleephyhead can't be interested in something as serious as politics, I thought.
But I was wrong. I misjudged this boy who, in one of our discussions in my World History class, turned out to be well-informed about South Korean politics. Consulting his electronic dictionary from time to time, he struggled to put in his two cents on what is wrong about their incumbent President Lee Myung-bak and his government.
Ji Ho said he wanted Lee Myung-bak impeached for now reneging on his promise early into his Presidency to keep his people from the havoc of Mad Cow Disease by not allowing the importation of meat from 30 months old cows. Lee's term, he added, saw the outrageous rise of hourly internet rates from 1,000 Won ( PhP 40) to 12,500 Won (PhP 500). He also could not accept that Lee "cheapened" himself by driving a golf car with George Bush as his passenger in his visit to Camp David, and bowing to Emperor Akihito in his recent visit to Japan.
Finally, this rangy highschooler told me of an ancient prophecy which warned Koreans that the moment one of the four gates of Seoul Korea is razed to the ground, the Korean nation will start to disintegrate. Now, he explained, it so happened that Lee's rise to power coincided with the burning of Seoul's 600-year old gate or Namdaemun ("Great South Gate") by a presumably deranged fellow. Ergo, Lee is the prophesied jinx.
Well, I could have shared with him my take on all of these issues but I decided to keep mum about it for I was just so elated to realize that it was unfair for me to have automatically equated his drowsiness in my class to apathy towards the larger issues of life.
I still hope he diligently reads his textbooks though.:>