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Coward politicians

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By Park Moo-jong
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), a French mathematician, philosopher, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian, left an immortal saying in his posthumous collection of fragments on theology and philosophy, "Pensees (Thoughts)" published in 1670: "Man is a reed, the weakest of nature, but he is a thinking reed."

The great philosopher of the 17th century, who died young at the age of 39, defined the thinking reed as follows: "There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous."

It is not that easy to find the righteous who think they are sinners around us in this time of ever-intensifying competition and confrontation in the flood of fake news and mudslinging. But it is not that difficult to find sinners who think they are righteous.

A miserable story of a "former" righteous man who must think he is a sinner made headlines last week, having many people click their tongues.

The real news from the Philippines was the arrest of Kim Dae-up, 58, the very crucial figure who negatively influenced the 2002 presidential election won by Roh Moo-hyun (1946-2009) from the then opposition Millennium Democratic Party against much fancied Lee Hoi-chang........

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