[Korea Joongang Daily] Korea tries to hurry up and settle down to end impatience

2019-09-26 12:43
Bbali-bbali — or “hurry, hurry” in Korean — is one of the most commonly used expressions in this country and one of the first phrases foreigners pick up after arriving in Korea.

Eradicating the widespread bbali-bbali culture in Korean society quickly will never be easy. Procedures and means should be respected rather than people obsessing over outcomes. Consensus, the emphasis of co-growth and cooperation over individualism must be developed. Collaborative efforts to accept reality as it is and maintaining relationships with others are also key. A slow life and minimalism may be part of the effort to move past Korea’s past, which is riddled with impatience and sloppiness.

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