South Korea is a very innocent nation. No one is allowed in the public eye whether it be a movie star, a K-pop singer, or a politician, that has taken drugs, slept around, gets drunk, or is even suspected of doing anything immoral or dishonest. S. Koreans demand it! I happened in on a demonstration one day where they were talking about corruption in government, and their government is so mild compared to other governments because of their high standards. The Presbyterian church is the largest church in Korea, and I have heard Koreans talk about them as “they are a big pollical machine.” They enforce good values on the people, and the people like the good values. Korea has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The largest church in the world is located in Youido, Seoul, S. Korea down close to the Han River. It is huge and quite a site to see! It is a Pentecostal church. There are several auditoriums with services all day and all night. They give their contribution through an ATM. A large number of Christians is part of the reason, but there are more.
S. Koreans are innocent compared to the rest of the world. About 50% of the population claims Christianity, and they are serious about it. Many of my university students were up at 5:00 in the morning before school began to go to the church building to an early morning prayer meeting before their day even began. Besides Christianity, there are a lot of Buddhists in S. Korea too., 30%. The Christians and the Buddhists get along really well because they are both religions of peace. S. Koreans trust other S. Koreans because they know the average S, Korean is trying to do the right thing.
S. Korea is also a Confucianist culture. Confucianism is not a religion, but a philosophy. It puts whoever is oldest in charge. That means everyone ultimately looks to the grandparents. Grandparents are older and have been through a lot. They understand more than the younger ones. The younger ones aren’t rebellious at all. They understand that the older ones know more and respect what the older people say. I have a Korean friend who is in his forties, married, has a good job, and is the father of three kids, and he still does what his father tells him to do. My Korean son in law thinks the sun rises and sets in his dad and hangs on every word his dad says. He thinks his dad is the wisest and smartest man he has ever met. If his dad asks him to do something, my Korean son in law will jump to do it. The older people are going to have better values than the younger ones because they have lived and learned, and it is great to have someone with better values in charge.
If everyone is busy trying to do the right thing, if no one is rebelling, the families and the society runs much smothers. If everything runs smooth most of the time, everyone is happier. Innocence is prized rather than scored like in America. The young people in Korea want to be virgins when they marry, and many don’t marry until they are in their thirties. In the generation that is in their 50’s and 60’s now, the grandparents, their parents even chose their spouse for them. In fact, some still do. I was shocked when a friend of mine went on a date at his mother’s request. He had never met the girl, but his mother recommended her and set the date up. On the first date, they got engaged. In America, people run from marriage. I even had a S. Korean bus driver who talked to me every time I got on the bus propose marriage to me, and I was so shocked I laughed, and then I felt bed later because he changed his route and I never saw him again. I never considered marrying him, but he trusted me enough to propose marriage. I didn’t even know his name.
After leaving S. Korea and coming to America last year, all I could feel was that the Americans were so much more grumpy than the S. Koreans. Americans can’t trust one another. Many Americans are immoral. They have legalized marijuana now, and thee are stores and advertisements. I was in complete shock!! Drugs are not even allowed in to S. Korea. There is a transsexual and a possible lesbian working where my daughter works, but in S. Korea, those things are unheard of. It happens in America. The population of S. Korea is much more innocent than the American population. Innocence breeds happiness, and the S. Korean people are much happier than the American people.