Sometimes I feel that watching the news everyday is making me feel like we live in the worst country in the world. It sometimes seems that way when we hear about the COVID-19 pandemic, presidential elections, social distress, police defunding, Antifa, BLM, Confederate flags, and the list just goes on.
But, seriously, it’s not all that bad right? There is a reason why so many people from so many countries still choose to fight their way to immigrate to the USA, either legally or illegally. And there is a reason.
Firstly, not any country in the entire world is perfect. Every country will have it’s flaws. The United States is no different. But racial intolerance is common worldwide, it’s not just in the USA. Good luck finding work in France if you are a Muslim, good luck trying to buy property in Japan if you are a foreigner, good luck trying to buy a cell phone in Korea.
That’s right you heard me…. a phone. If you are a foreigner living in Korea, you may go the first three months or more without being legally able to buy a cellphone. Plus, your rates are going to be JACKED. You see in the United States, we may not think too much about phone and internet. It is something that all people can get, no questions asked. In Korea though, my experience was a headache. It took me about 5 months to actually have a legal phone and plan. It was even really hard for me to get a prepaid plan. And it took me about 3 months in order for me to get cable TV and internet. And I had to accept that my rates are going to be much more expensive than anyone else. In the USA, regardless of being black, or white, or Asian, or any nationality, any skin color, regardless of visa status, you can freely get a phone, internet, and cable tv. We take for granted those simple things that we have so easily in the USA, that is for all people no matter what.
The USA, is a melting pot, the most diverse country in the world. We have people living in the USA with different nationalities, difference race, multiple genders (good luck finding that in Japan or Korea), multilingual, and multi-cultured. It’s a very unique place. And for the most part all those differences, whether we agree on someone’s culture, sexual orientation, or lifestyle, do their best to get along. But it’s going to take time, you cannot expect that everyone is going to agree with your point of view, you can’t force people to think the way you think. You have to take time, listen, communicate, and work together, and tolerate. The USA is not perfect, we got to work on a lot of things out there. But it’s going to get there, eventually, by the grace of God.
However, there is one thing I’d like to see happen in the USA that I miss so dang much while living in South Korea, and I think USA companies can totally benefit from it, and balance some portions of the economy.
Delivery. I would love to see all companies, and restaurants using home delivery services. I know we have amazon… and you can do uber delivery, or grub hub, but it’s not the same, because we have to pay extra to use those services, and those services are a third person service. I want my McDonalds to be delivered to my home by a hired McDonalds delivery driver, you know like pizza. What I miss most about Korea, was being able to get anything, anywhere, anytime in Korea. Does not matter what it is… pizza, pasta, fried chicken, computer chip, fishing lures, books, clothing, whatever it is… literally, without any extra charge.
I ordered a freaking dominoes pizza from inside a baseball stadium. I ordered fried chicken, beverages, and a dessert when I was relaxing at a giant park and the dude found me. I ordered aquarium fish at 3:00am and got it that morning. The USA could work on that… that would be cool…
But seriously, the media really wants to picture the USA looking like we are better off in a zombie apocalypse. It really ain’t too bad in the USA. I’m not trying to patriotic or whatever, nor am I trying to be cynical, just trying to look at other aspects rather than the doom and gloom that we keep hearing from conservative and liberals. Sure, we don’t have all the right answers and it isn’t perfect, but at least I can always count on having a phone, internet, and tv. A luxury to get in other countries but given equally in the USA.
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).