‘Power is the spring of greed’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Again after a week-long fieldwork in Maguindanao and its part metropolis, Cotabato, I sit again and attempt to chill out rewatching my favourite Korean dramas, particularly these with historic themes.

Two years in the past, on the onset of the pandemic that turned our world the wrong way up, we needed to painfully battle by means of lockdowns and all kinds of well being protocols that prevented us from interacting with our buddies and colleagues and anybody outdoors our personal households. It was torture for my small household not to have the ability to go to relations in Cotabato for necessary holidays like Eid al-Fitr (the tip of the fasting month), amongst others. It was factor a number of internet-based leisure platforms have been accessible. It was then I turned utterly hooked on watching Korean tv dramas—one thing I’ve by no means indulged in earlier than retirement from Mindanao State College.

However I discover some Ok-dramas (as they’re popularly referred to) very partaking, in all probability due to their placing and vivid cinematography, of listening to particulars, and their general manufacturing values. However what makes me drawn to those dramas is the way in which the screenplays have been written—writers painting depth of their take of a love story that’s overlaid by a a lot greater storyline of the perennial battle between good and evil; of greed for political energy among the many older protagonists (often the dad and mom of the principle leads). Most of all, what attracts me to them are the dialogues of the principle characters that closely use metaphors and different figures of speech. The characters ship their traces like they’re studying stanzas of a poem, partaking audiences in dissecting the traces’ hidden meanings. For me, that is paying respect to the intelligence of their audiences—one thing that slapstick and a few shallow Filipino dramas completely lack.

One of many Ok-dramas that I’m keen on, and all the time wish to rewatch is the historical-themed love story, “Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung,” a couple of younger Joseon prince and a feisty feminine historian. Joseon was the dominion that’s now present-day South Korea, though there was no distinction between the north and south components of the nation up to now. The feisty younger and engaging feminine historian didn’t hesitate to talk her thoughts even when it meant doable hazard to her life.

One scene within the drama reveals the second state councilor (Joseon excessive authorities official, an in depth adviser of the King) being confronted by his son, an upright and easy historian/scholar. The latter requested his father why he plotted the dethronement of the rightful king and of cajoling the brother of the king to kill his sibling so he can sit on the king’s throne. With out remorse in his tone, the second state councilor stated, “I was a part of the weak, disadvantaged of alternatives; I hated the students who have been of noble delivery and had all of the alternatives to dwell comfortably. However as soon as I used to be given the facility to develop into a part of the royal court docket, I began changing into grasping. Energy is the spring of greed…after you have it, you’ll not cease getting extra, in search of extra possibilities to develop into much more highly effective, controlling and even inflicting the demise of people that stood in my manner …”

These traces reverberate strongly even now, in a spot fairly completely different from the Korean historic and geographical panorama, in a rustic that has identified political energy because the wellspring of insatiable greed. This has been the story of our lengthy and bloody political historical past; of our democracy that’s all the time threatened at gunpoint.

Weapons and cash are necessary gadgets within the struggle chests of politicians, particularly on the native stage. The facility wrought by this stuff has decimated households, spawned and sustained animosities amongst blood relations. Such lust for energy has additionally made greed a norm amongst political leaders, their households, and their foot troopers. And their greed lives on even after they die — their names are immortalized in locations they and members of their households as soon as dominated.

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