Upcoming Korean Elections, A Turning Point?

By Freshman Sung HoKyung (17th wave)

The next presidential election of the Republic of Korea is scheduled to be held on the 19th of December this year. This particular election is to be a critical turning point for Korea that stands in the line between “developing” and “developed.” It awaits a strong leader that can boost the state into a new realm of welfare and happiness, and many influential politicians are showing their interest in running for the election…


Ahn Cheol-soo, towards a new leadership?

Mr. Ahn Cheol-soo is a doctor, computer scientist, CEO, and professor born in 1962. He is currently the director of the Seoul National University Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology and the chairman of the Ahnlab board of directors. His life has been full of transitions and innovations, a feat that he could achieve only by waking up at 3 in the morning every day for several years. He earned a M.D., M.S., and Ph. D on Physiology from Seoul National University, but he was not satisfied, and he went on to create founded the famous antivirus software venture Ahnlab. He then went a step further to earn a MBA from Wharton, and he has now become a professor, traveling around the country to give out inspiring lectures to youngsters looking for hope.

The recent media has been suggesting the possibility of Ahn moving on to a fifth field of profession, namely politics. Although he has never officially declared that he has any interest in being president, media surveys always include a virtual standoff between Park Keun-hye of Saenuri with Ahn. And surprisingly, the surveys show that Ahn has a high chance of winning if he is to be the sole candidate from the opposition. Even a few months ago, he had negated any assertions about him entering politics, but on the 28th of March, he suddenly stated that he could “handle politics,” (Park, A1) bringing about another sensation in the media…  Continue.


Integration of Philosophy and Robotics

by Sophomore Bae SungWoo (16th wave, International)

The technology of mankind is advancing in blinding speed.  A few years ago, I remember myself excited about having a chocolate-sized phone in my pocket.  However, I currently see myself now having a tiny computer in my pocket called a smart phone—fascinating, but also startling.  “I Robot,” ” Surrogates,” and “The Matrix” are movies about mankind’s advanced technology getting the better of man.  As a high school student interested in robotics, seeing the near “could be” future through these movies really gives a spark to my life.  However with all this excitement of the advanced future, come the worries and problems than man is faced with.


The famous philosopher, Heidegger, once said that technology is not an act of means, but rather an act of revealing.  However, he also said that the problem of modern technology is that it challenges nature too far by demanding too much.  An era when technological advance goes so fast that it outruns humanitarian and philosophical studies by two folds… is truly frightening, indeed.

In my view, when humans are born into this world, we start our lives with a tiny, built-in morality core. This idea means that we are naturally born with some fundamental, basic ethics and virtue–so that all we have to do is utilize them in the right way.  However, artificial intelligent robots–a creation of man–lack these properties, which means that we must devise some sort of moral and ethics algorithm for these robots.   On the other hand… Continue


Moonlight and The Soul

by Hong Seung-Beom

Lee Hwang [ToeGye] explained… We should be able to distinguish … and clearly define the relationship between the four and the seven, the ‘li’ [Internal Principles of Metaphysical “Reality”] and the ‘ki’ [External Form of Material, Physical “Reality”].

Ki Dae Seung [GoBong] rebutted using the moon analogy.  He believed the moon in the sky is like the inner core of the human mind.  The reflection of the moon we see then in a pond or a river is an expression of the inner core moral values by human beings–through how they act or how they speak…


Photography by Adrian's Art

However, it is important for us not to discriminate between the moon itself and the reflection of the moon.  Although the image of the moon could be wasted and distorted due to the water’s movement,  the moon is still the white, bright moon and will be a moon always and forever. Whatever humans become or however they behave and whatnot, it is important to understand that the inner value of the human being is always there, pure and firm.  It exists before birth and stays there strong and forever…  Continue


On Muism and the Shaman

by Freshman Kim HoJune (17th wave)

… Before I begin examining the lives of Koreans, it is important to know what Muism is. Muism is the Korean shamanism. Being a type of Shamanism, the shaman, also known as the Mudang(women), and Baksu(men), perform as spiritual specialists. They hold religious ceremonies, called Goot. Through the Goot, the Mudang may be able to tell the future, and the sick may be healed. The Mudang may call upon many different types of spirits. His/her method of healing the sick is to call upon to spirit, to let it into his/her body, and soothe it to obey him/her.

Baksu Mudang, Mr. Hyun-gak Kim

However, according to several papers, notably one by Mr. Gwansu Bag (KMLA Teacher), before the industrialization of Korea, another type of male shamans existed. These Shamans, usually called “Boksul” or “Gyung-Jang-e” utilized a more violent method of dealing with spirits. The Boksul would call upon the marauding spirit, would scold it, and if the spirit obeyed him, he would let it go. However, if the spirit disobeyed him, he would fight the spirit, lock it into a bottle, which is buried deep in the ground…  Continue


Han Bear Society

on the Budoji and The Era of Mago

The Han Bear Society (天神會천신교)
was founded by Master Godam

On Hwanguk

(from the Hwandan Gogi)

According to legend, the mythical Korean nation of Hwan-guk originated from the lake of Baikal around 7197 B.C.E.

The mythical nation of Hwan-guk (환국, 桓國) is the first state of Korea described in Hwandan-gogi, governed by Hwanin.


Malcolm X Autobiography overview: How to live a different life?

  by Sophomore  Kim HyunChae (16th wave, International)

There are about 7,000,000,000 living in the world right now. People live in different ways and in different situations. But in essense, for most people, life is similar: experiencing happiness and pain, gaining things and losing things as well, and working to achieve their ow goals. But there are certain people who seem to live completely different lives. They do not make the same choices as others, they choose the narrow path, the lonely road.

Malcolm X speaks to reporters in Washington, D.C., in 1963. (AP)

Malcolm X is, in my opinion, was such a person. So what makes his life so different from others? And more importantly, how can we become such a person? The essence of a special, different life, lies in a person’s choices in life. There are millions of people living in harsh conditions. In countless harlems of urbanized countries all over the world, and in the third world countries, there are people living a life similar to, or much worse than Malcolm X’s life.  But very few people make it out of their dismal conditions, and even fewer people completely turn their life around and begin a life as a new person. And in this aspect, we can see what makes Malcolm X such a different, controversial person… Continue


Minjok Academy is
Connected to Pre-History?
Do we Care about KMLA’s Tomorrow?

Holy Ground on Campus  /  Meditate… Pray…

Consecrated Land:  Add your Gi and Devotion

Back in 2004 or so,  our family started the very first of the many gardens to appear on the land near the Archery course.  Not only did we start a garden, but we also took some time to consecrate the pine tree here, surrounded by this intriguing formation of large stones.

Some students feel a part of history, some understand that we are making history.  For those who feel that calling, and who (like founder Choi Myung-Jae) care about what KMLA should be like 300 years in the future–and what kind of global leaders should come forth out of this school–do come, sit, meditate, and pray on these rocks.  Whatever your religion or philosophical orientation, your heart sincerely invested at this location–your blood, sweat, and/or tears, pour out for the hope of this nation and the world–will preserve and bring great merit to the future of our school.   — Carlton Johnson and family



A Moment near Duk-Oh San, in Sosa-Ri


Photo by TaeSeong Taisei Johnson

Recently, our third son (TaeSeong) came to visit from America.  He was on his way to a 40-day International Youth Leadership and Spiritual Training workshop at a retreat on Lake CheongPyeong, in Gyeonggi-Do.  While out for a ride during his stay at school, we stopped for a moment to take in this view.


There is something I want to tell you

By Sophomore Lee SoYeon (16th wave domestic)

Photo by Helen de Carvalho

Everything comes from Nature, even the most synthetic materials from the tip of our fingers. The colors of the flowers, the clearness of the sky, shimmering lights of the sun, solid, calm presence of the moon, and all the other beautiful products of Nature itself gives inspiration to us, human beings. Thus, it is important to realize that the potential power of Nature can overwhelm the whole human civilization, and let us try not to conquer or harm Nature. Following the flow of Nature will bring about developments that secure peace and stability in our lives, which is a compliance to Nature, the great power herself.


So, Clean up the office air

eco-systems mansei!


Forward by Mali Music

This image and more on Mali Music at Lingk2us.Com

Ain’ t about my past, its about my future…

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When was the last time

you did something with your “whole soul”?

The Mighty 16th Wave “Samulnori” Team !


Recently, in a Freshmen Independent Research seminar on The Anthropology of Perfection, we were supposed to be discussing Taoism, but ended up in the deep end of the Heart of Plato’s Republic:

“… The instrument of knowledge can only by the movement of the whole soul be turned from the world of becoming into that of being, and learn by degrees to endure the sight of being, and of the brightest and best of being, or in other words, of the good[Italics added]

excerpted from
The Republicby Plato  (Book VII)

All kinds of investigation cropped up out of that discussion.
In later days, the study of Chinese characters blossomed on the white board:

Soul?  —

영혼 — Young Hone — 정신, 열정,

Becoming ? — 生成

생성 — Saeng Seong

Being ? —

존재 — Jon Jae

Endowment (sprouting) of the earth; Endowment (sprouting)  of a child


The Good ? — 善 — 선

Implies  will or Will or Purpose and Intent; Go (o) d
Intellect — Truth;  Emotion — Beauty;  Will — Goodness

Ethics Vs Morality

Ethics / Horizontal relationship
Morality / based on Veritical relationship.

Deep ? —

Moving Water with a hole grasping fire

Intent ? —

의도 — Oui-Do

“The Will’s Picture” — Sound from the Heart, Encompassing a granary in winter

Dignity, Integrity, Honor,

Trust  — 守身

수신 Su Shin


Practically Speaking, Consider:

Ian Bremmer, End of the Free Market
David Kenenan,  Think Fast to Slow

Pakistan power sharing?

Civilian / Military / Intelligence
what about the USA? —  4th tier  Business/Banking?
Borrowing / Manipulating Funds
Vs Creating Domestic Product / Wealth (Infrastructure, Innovation)
Educate youth, towards Family (Responsibility)

The End Game?

Employ the whole soul, to seek enlightenment, Buddhahood, Messiahship…
The oneness of God and Humankind, in love.

Take Flight !  by InSooni


Locus of Control ?

Do you have it within, or is it way outside somewhere?

Providence ? What it is…

Listening with, and obedience, to the third ear?

攝理 — 섭리 (Seob-ri)

Pursuing the original will of the Idea of the Good




Mortals, join the happy chorus which the morning stars began…

Friedrich Schiller

From Wikipedia

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller [ˈjoːhan ˈkʁɪstɔf ˈfʁiːdʁɪç fɔn ˈʃɪlɐ] (10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. They frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics, and Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents to their philosophical vision.

Ludwig van Beethoven said that a great poem is more difficult to set to music than a merely good one because the composer must rise higher than the poet – “who can do that in the case of Schiller? In this respect Goethe is much easier,” wrote Beethoven.[18]

There are relatively few famous musical settings of Schiller’s poems. Two notable exceptions are Beethoven’s setting of “An die Freude” (Ode to Joy)[13] in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony, and Johannes Brahms‘ choral setting of “Nänie“. In addition, several poems were set by Franz Schubert as Lieder, such as “Die Bürgschaft“, mostly for voice and piano. In 2005 Graham Waterhouse set Der Handschuh (The Glove) for cello and speaking voice.

From Wikipedia

Ode to Joy” (German: “Ode an die Freude”, first line: “Freude, schöner Götterfunken”) is an ode written in 1785 by the German poet, playwright and historian Friedrich Schiller, enthusiastically celebrating the brotherhood and unity of all mankind. Despite the lasting popularity of the ode, Schiller himself regarded it as a failure later in his life, going so far as calling it “detached from reality” and “of value maybe for us two, but not for the world, nor for the art of poetry” in a letter to his long-time friend and patron Körner (whose friendship had originally inspired him to write the ode) that he wrote in the year 1800.

The ode is best known for its musical setting in D major by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony (completed in 1824), a choral symphony for orchestra, four solo voices and choir.

Adaptation presented in Sister Act 2

Who wrote this arrangement, anyway?

Mervyn Edwin Warren (born February 29, 1964) is an American film composer, record producer, music conductor, music arranger, lyricist, songwriter, pianist, and vocalist. Warren is a five-time Grammy Award winner and a 10-time Grammy Award nominee.



Schiller’s ode “An die Freude” original, 1785 version

Text in German, English, Dutch, French; list of musical settings


Ode to Joy by Schiller:

A more stylized English translation

O friends, not these sounds!
Let us strike up something more
pleasant, full of gladness.

Joy, beautiful divine spark,
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter, drunk with fire,
O heavenly one, your holy shrine.
Your magic once again bonds together
What custom strictly divided,
All Mankind become brothers
Where your gentle wings hold sway.

He who has the great good fortune
To be friend to a friend,
He who has won a dear wife,
Let him mix his rejoicing with ours!
Yes–and whoever has but one soul
Somewhere in the world to call his own!
And he who cannot, let him steal away,
Weeping, out of this company.

Joy is drunk by every creature
From Nature’s breast;
Every good one, every bad one
Follows her rosy pathway.
She gave us kisses, and wine,
And one friend, tried unto death;
Even to the worm ecstasy is given,
and the cherub stands before God.

Gladly, as his Suns fly through
The magnificent plan of the heavens,
Run, my brothers, your own course
Joyfully, like a hero off to conquest.

Joy, beautiful divine spark, etc.

Let me embrace you, O millions!
This kiss is for the whole world!
Brothers, above the starry firmament
A loving Father must surely dwell.
Do you fall down, O millions?
Are you aware of your Creator, world?
Seek Him above the starry firmament!
For above the stars He must dwell.

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” is a poem written by Henry van Dyke in 1907 with the intention of musically setting it to the famous “Ode to Joy” melody of the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s final symphony, Symphony No. 9.[1]

Van Dyke wrote this poem while in Williams College, Massachusetts while staying at the home of Harry Augustus Garfield. It was first published in 1911 by The Presbyterian Hymnal.[2] Van Dyke wrote of this hymn:

These verses are simple expressions of common Christian feelings and desires in this present time—hymns of today that may be sung together by people who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of science will destroy religion, or any revolution on earth overthrow the kingdom of heaven. Therefore this is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing (sometimes chanting) bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.[3]

Henry van Dyke was born on November 11 , 1852 in Germantown, Pennsylvania in the United States. He graduated from Princeton University in 1873 and from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1877 and served as a professor of English literature at Princeton between 1899 and 1923. In 1908-09 Dr. van Dyke was an American lecturer at the University of Paris. By appointment of President Wilson he became Minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1913. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received many other honors. Van Dyke was an “ardent foe of the annexation of the Philippines, [and] told his congregation in 1898, ‘If we enter the course of foreign conquest, the day is not far distant when we must spend in annual preparation for wars more than the $180,000,000 that we now spend every year in the education of our children for peace.'”[1]



One Day On Earth ?





Back again at KMLA…  /  What a beautiful world !

A rainy walk-way on a hill or a plain, somewhere on our lovely campus !

By the way–Who is “Dochi 92” ?   Kim Sun-Hoo, that’s who !
Kim Sun-Hoo took this picture, I found it on “Flickr
He says it was taken on the walkway outside of the KMLA English complex.
Good Job!  Visit his Flickr site to see more of his great work.
Class/Study Background Music:  Jazz, Classical, Movie Soundtrack
Or Beautiful Morning: Have a Nice Day !  Good up-tempo way to start you day…

Some highlights:

Was A Man – Lucid Fall

사람이었네 – 루시드 폴 (앨범 “국경의 밤” 2007)
Was A Man – Lucid Fall (Album “Night At The Border” 2007)

Translation by Eom Tae-Gyung (class of 2012)


This song begs the question:

What is Structural Violence?

a resource page… (Johnson)

How to Save People from Extreme Poverty

A dollar seems pretty worthless. It is just a green piece of paper with which you cannot even buy a single hotdog. Then, would you believe the fact that more than 1.3 billion people in this world live on less than $1 per day (Sachs “Can…” 56)? In other words, approximately one-sixth of the people on this planet struggle for adequate nutrition, sanitized drinking water, safe shelter, and basic health care. They are said to be in extreme poverty….  More by Cho JeongHoon


Okay… Practically Speaking… ?

Something can be done…  — Also see

a CNN clip on: Turning the Ghetto Green



Proverb for the day:  When students who are “on the ball” finish our weekly 10-minute grammar quiz earlier than others,  they should write some proverb or some words of encouragement for all to ponder and be enriched by…

One day, my world was rocked hard by two words, from 16th wave Freshman, Park KeeRyune  (Key+ Re+Yoon) :

“Live Slow”

photo by Bata Bidd

“Live Slow” — by Park KeeRyun  (A revision…)   When I first thought to write this quote, I was having a very stressful and tiring day at the time.  A lot of homework projects were due that day and I had gone to sleep late, the night before.   Life was harsh for me at the time.   So when I was pondering about writing a quote,  I started to think about how should I live.  It felt like I was not independent or free, in terms of my life; but rather, the homework assignments and quizzes were harshly controlling me.

Then the idea “live slow” came to my mind.  If I could live more slow, with a more relaxed attitude,  I would be able to finish more things with accuracy and be less stressed out.  Also, with that kind of attitude, this slower living would allow me to think more sincerely about my future, and about my life, and about many other things–instead of just thinking about studying and worrying about the next test score.

To me, although making up that quote was something that just happened unexpectedly, it affected me unexpectedly, too; and I think that this quote can be helpful to anyone….   More of  Park KeeRyun  — “One Who Values Morals Highly”


存 緩 ?

John Won


My Favorite Word: 眞 “Jin”

Posted on December 8, 2010 by Lee HanSeok

眞(Jin) has several meanings: real, truth, essence

I like this word 眞 because 眞 is ultimate concept that a person could understand. It does not only explains all the things happen around  us, but also the all the things happen in this world. It’s the ultimate truth itself that links the whole universe. The ultimate goal of studying is to understand the 眞.

If I could understand 眞 then I would live satisfied life as I understand the meaning of life and the world. I won’t suffer of being afraid or terrified of not knowing the truth as I could understand the world itself. My dream is to find and understand 眞 as I would live a better life, a life with no hypocrisy. These are the reasons why my favorite word is 眞.


A Taint of Insanity – short story — by Jiho Kim (class of 2011)

Walking absent-mindedly past flagrant yet too-neatly arranged flowerbeds, Johnny felt he needs to hurry but he kept his slow walking pace. He looked around; everyone but he seemed struggling to sneak out of the open, easily-detectable street under the daylight as if an assassin who just murdered the president was being chased after by a secret-police-agent… Read on.


Introduction to Avant-garde Chapter 1 – Sai

A Korean Song / Listen here — Translation by  Goh Seong-Lok (class of 2011)

아방가르드개론 제1장- 사이 /  Introduction to Avant-garde Chapter 1 – Sai

사람들은 도대체 내 말을 믿지 않아 / People never believe me

돈 없어도 시골에서 팔자가 늘어진 걸 / I have no money, but I’m relieved in countryside

잘 먹고 잘 놀고 잘 쉬고 전기세 천 육백 원 / I eat well, play and all I have to pay is 1,600 won

Continue to full translation


How to Make a Perfect Brownie; How to Live a Perfect Life

By  Park Jin-Hong on November 24, 2010

When I feel my life is out of control, I bake. Unlike life, ingredients are very honest and predictable. Baking powder ensures air holes, milk moisture, butter richness, and sugar sweetness. I prepare the exact ingredients and follow the precise guideline, and then I know I’ll succeed. The batter next door does not interfere out of jealousy or hatred, and batters don’t go depressed or enervated. Also, a nice dish of deliciousness proves that I’m not  incapable of doing anything valuable, that I’m not worthless…  Continue reading

On Science and Religion — Kim Jae-Hee

A few days ago, in Western Philosophy class, as we were on the chapter “The Rise of Science,” a sudden heated, yet somewhat anticipated discussion on the nature of science and religion erupted. To summarize the discussion, the participants were divided into two: the advocates of the rationality and empirical-evidence-requiring-nature of science & those who harshly hammered on “science and religion equally blinds people by making them insanely faithful.” I had a terrific time listening, wondering why this subject was always exciting to discuss about, whereas topics of abortion or legal prostitution were bland and outdated, yet pitifully still did not have a concrete conclusion…. More:  Jaehee Kim, Class of 2011, at KMLA 13th Wave International Avatars


A Challenging Topic for Minjok (Domestic) Seniors (Class of 2011)

Was there a Will behind the Big Bang?

I Believe there Was a Will ! —  Shin Ki-Dae

Of Course Not ! — Park Jin-Hong

This class discussion began because of Gong Ji-Won (who is a lineal descendent of Gong-Ja,  a.k.a. Confucius).  When we learned the etymology of  the Chinese Characters behind his name (“Ji” being “Will” and “Won” being “Origin”), I posed the question to him and the class:  Might there have been an “Original Will” behind the “Big Bang”?  (Then again, his name could be interpretted to mean “the Origin of Will”–which would be a different question all together.)   To see the results of the heated discussion that ensued, please visit the Minjok Seniors page:  KMLA 13th Wave Domestic Avatars (Class of 2011).


“The moral force of nonviolence bent the arc of history towards justice once more…” !a post by Johnson Teacher

Arabic w/ English sub Voice of Freedom Sout Al Horeya صوت الحريه – Amir Eid ft. Hany Adel


(Carlton Johnson) Looking for a hint of some source, some germ of “right-guidance” that might be cultivated within the collective consciousness of these various masses suing for freedom–within that same collective soul that is crying out for freedom–I came across a passage from the I-Ching:

On “Inner Truth” (중부 / Jung Bu), Hexagram number 61 (out of 64)…   (continue)


Cultural Diversity Vs Moral Diversity? —  by Carlton Johnson (KMLA English Department)


Some useful literary tools:

Hyperdictionary/Thesaurus … Good for Poetry
A Korean/English/Korean Dictionary … by dic.impact.pe.kr
Another Korean/English/Korean Dictionary … by kr.dic.yahoo.com
A real D. O. double Gizzle Urban Dictionary … slang and such
zhongwen.com … Dictionary of Chinese Characters
WordReference.com … roots

Definite and Indefinite Articles … by Purdue U. Writing Lab
Planning and Invention … just don’t know what to write?
Tagmemics… a true bridge for meaningful change
other “Common Errors in English” … Washington State U.