KoreanTV: Not Evil, Human

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Oh, another thing I appreciate about the Korean stories: they don’t really depict anyone as evil. Even their worst characters are humanized and sympathetic. While they are held accountable for their actions, other characters, even their victims, will come to have compassion for them and stay by their side offering care and relationship.

It’s a more complex understanding of humanity, recognizing that we all have the potential to be driven to horrible behavior; that the answer to that, where we come to terms with our own complexities, is to embrace the offender and bring them back into social relation, rather than cast them out and see them as less than human.

I don’t know how true to Korean culture this is, but I really appreciate this approach to conflict in storytelling.


from FB post 10/25/16

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