Adam Sebastian ‘19: On February 9, 2018 the political past, present, and future intercrossed at an Olympic Stadium in PyeongChang, South Korea. It marked the first time the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Republic of Korea, North Korea and South Korea respectively, compete in the Olympics as one nation: Korea.
During the Opening Olympic Ceremony, Korea showed their unification through a white flag with the peninsula of Korea in blue and marched under an ancient Korean folk song Arirang. This folk song, used in place of a national anthem, represents both peace and concord to the people of Korea; it’s tune known to all of the Korean Peninsula. The white background of the flag represents purity, peace, and patriotism. Three major qualities Korea hopes to incorporate within this new unification.
Among the main displays of unity, there remains many underlying issues separating the two nations. For example, the women’s hockey team continues to struggle with communicating amongst each other. The language barrier that divides the nations continues to make it increasingly difficult for the hockey team. However, activists within South Korea continue to protest this Olympic joint team. These protests only highlight the difference that proves difficult to mend, even the unity of international sports fails to repair this rift between the two countries.
Despite this constant tension and pressure, the two nations begin to show and continue their signs of unity as a joint Women’s Hockey Team competes in Olympic competition. The Olympic team consists of twelve players from North Korea and twenty-three players from South Korea. Despite a 8-0 losses to Switzerland and Sweden, the unity among the team takes precedence over all of the losses and failures.
As for the rest of the world, the beginning of the unity between these two nations proves beneficial to all. Maybe this building block jump-starts a continual chain of political peace and unity among all the nations in the world.
“North Korea and South Korea have two different types of governments and they overcame their separate beliefs,” Tyler Holman ‘19 said. “By doing this they set and example for the rest of the world that world peace is very possible as long as we strive towards it together.”
The possibility of world peace provides hope for the hopeless, ease for the diligent, and tranquil for those placed at a disadvantage. Tomorrow brings hope for all.