VOICE OF SPRING.
To the friends who love
Albert Camus’ ‘The
Plague’ is the novel to portray the combat against the plague at Oran in 1939.
It covers progress of contagious disease, victims in suffering and heroic people
at fight against the epidemic. Camus spared great number of pages for
Christianity, God’s divine power and Chirstian faith. But I do not touch the
Christianity here, as it is beyond my comprehension.
The plague appears when
hundreds of bleeding rats emerge on the road in day light and die. Then the
plague swiftly spread to human being and rats suddenly disappear. The city is
blocked and a number of heroic volunteers tirelessly strive to stop the spread
of the plague, in the lack of medicine and preventives. Dr. Rieux leads the team
of doctors and administrators for the desperate fight against the plague. The
Jesuit priest father Raeloux, the man of conscientiousness Tarrou, journalist
Rambert, a literary aspirant Grand, and finally Rieux’s aged mother join the
effort in their own manner for ‘living and dying for what one loves’.
Even during the calamity,
a group of evildoers appear to take advantage of the plague, planting painful
scars in people's heart. But the dedication of the people with super humanly
sainthood, eventually, gets rid of the plague from the City after a year since
its outbreak. Ironically rats reappear, that indicates the plague can reemerge,
as a turning a full circle of the wheel.
As predicted by Camus,
the circle of the wheel has been turned many times in many places in the world
after The Plague.
It is now with Korean on
the Wuhan virus infection disseminated from China. It is spreading fast since
the administration failed to stop the influx at the beginning. In a span of 47
days since its outbreak, the confirmed patient reached 7,300 with the death toll
of 50, as of the end of the week. More than 100 countries in the world imposed
restrictions against Korean nationals, whose daily lives are directly connected
with the trade in international community. This year, we also find some
evildoers here to gain profit out of the plague. Some profiteers earn the money
in handling fatal face masks. The country, which meets the global requirement
most advanced and complicated electronic goods, is unable to supply simple item
like face masks. Some politicians and administrators try to find a way of
evasion of responsibilities, passing the bulk to others.
Daegu City is the area
where more than 80% of the infected are confirmed and the number is steadily
growing beyond the control, as it was spreading through some different style of
massive services in the rally of different Christian sectors. Doctors and
administers have voluntarily continued their combat against spread of the
plague, with the far short hands to take care of outgrowing number of patients.
In addition of shortage of hands, they face the great lack of sick beds and are
unable to secure even face mask for patience and
However, the situation
comes stabilized, when citizen recovered their civic ethics overcoming the fear,
especially in Daegu. Saints are marching in. Doctors of various fields, angels
in white and administrators in the management voluntarily assembled successively
in Daegu 'to live and die for whatever they love'. Their super-humanly efforts
with the advanced health care system in Korea gradually start to heel the pain
of the area and cool down the situation in extreme. Many people hope the plague
turns its point of inflection soon.
We are listening the
“Voice of Spring’ of Johan Strauss in the space tightly shut. It is real Spring
Time, but the beautiful Korean Spring is yet to come. Everybody concentrate,
holding its breath, its own desperate effort to regain Spring in
Dear Friends who love
Korea has been known a
country to comprehend the Western style of life, becoming the bridge between
East and West. Now, it is suffering from the disaster. We know this is not just
a problem of Korea at this moment, but the matter of the entire world repeatedly
emerging through the years to come.
Please pray for this
beautiful country and brilliant people to overcome their trouble as soon as
God bless you