I have a dream that one day in the future, I will establish a charitable institution purely out of sincerity to help people in an unfortunate surroundings.
I have never thought that I am a humanitarian global citizen who has the passion or a future plan to do service for the better human kind. To be frank, I was not such a person before; I lived by the law that “I” always comes first before anyone else. However, after visiting the flower village–Kkottognae in Korea–for community service hours, I ended up with the alien plan for my career.
Before I earnestly write about my experience in the flower village, I would like to give a brief information about my attitude toward religion. I am a strong atheist; I prefer not having a religion and bear hostility towards certain religions. The following Youtube video explains thoroughly about my religion.
When I went to a community center to aid foreign immigrants to get medical help, I felt insecure when the the head of the community center suddenly stepped on the podium and gave a speech to believe in God. All of a sudden, volunteers and immigrants started to pray zealously and I just stood there dumbfounded, I didn’t know what to do. Not only that, but also, when I was delivering the medicines to the immigrants, I saw a group of leaders disgorging slurred words in a fast pace in dark corner. They preyed to God in a monotone with their tightly clasped hands, closed eyes, curved shoulder. The man who was leading the prayer was shaking violently as if he was scared of something that I could not see; it resembled a feeble figure of human that was confessing his sins towards the divine being. I suddenly made a poker face with stiffened facial muscles and got goose bumps. I could not fake my faith towards God, but at the same time I was scared of their fanatical devotion in religion; There was the urge to participate in their praying, because I felt as if they were going to do me harm if I stated that I don’t believe in God.
Flower Village was found by Fr. Oh Woong Jin in 1986. The following is a direct quote from the Flower Village website: “Flower Village is a Catholic community, which provides the homeless and the abandoned with care and love in the hope that they will realize the love of God and find peace as the children of God.” Please visit the following website for more information:
The experiences that I had in the Flower Village made me anti-religious. Before I went their to do community service, I was aware that the community was founded by a religious association. However, I was very disappointed when I actually visited the place. When I got off the school bus, I went around to observe the place and was discomforted. On the highest place of the mountain, a huge statue of Virgin Mary was looking down at the Flower Village. I felt as if I was kept under guard. Ignoring the statue, I followed the guide into the building. I was assigned to clean rooms of the grandmothers. When I entered their rooms, I was horrified by the statue of the Virgin Mary staring blankly at me with two deep round eyes. Her eyes seemed to follow me around the room and I tried hard to avoid her eyes. I felt the obligation to be Catholic, because I felt as if Virgin Mary had an insight into my heart. From the first room, I was almost chased out to another room. However, in every room, there was a statue of the Virgin Mary. I somehow had to get the work done. So, without lifting up my face, I managed to clean all the rooms. After, I went to a large reception room to get some rest. Having nothing to do, I blankly watched the television with other grandmothers. I watched the television for about 15 minutes and everything that I saw on the television was about Catholic; group of Catholics over the world placed their hands on each others’ shoulders and prayed to Virgin Mary. In the Flower Village I seemed to be a prisoner inside the Catholic birdcage. Everywhere I turned to, I found Catholicism. I felt as if the purpose of my service in Flower Village was to brainwash the homeless and abandoned and convert them into Catholic. I strongly felt that the Flower Village was exploiting them by taking away their right to choose religion. If they had helped them purely out of piety, they should give them freedom to choose their own religions. It made me to have antagonism towards the association. Their act of training humans like animals to believe in Catholic is just nauseous.
As a result, when I grow up, I want to show the world how most of the volunteer organizations are corrupted. I would do this by establishing an institution myself. This charitable institution will not be related to religion in anyway shape or form. I would conduct the organization purely out of love and for the better humanity. If you would like to join me in the future, please leave a comment:)