Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Proof that fall is here

I can finally say with certainty that fall is here in Korea:

Trees in the schoolyard as I leave for the day

Looking up, towards the University


View of the stream, looking away from the University

A few seconds after I took these last two pictures, an older Korean woman said "Hello" to me as our paths crossed on the sidewalk.  I was so shocked to hear English, especially from an older person, so we stopped and chatted for a while.  She mentioned that I should walk up to the University every day now to see the yellow leaves, because in a few short days they'll all be gone. 

The woman used to be a high school English teacher in Seoul, but is now retired.  She was a very kind lady, and gave me her email and cell phone number in case I need help with anything.  She wrote her information on a little booklet, saying she now spends her time volunteering for this organization.  She also said the group's website has lots of good articles I could use for English class.  Cool, thanks! (Though probably too hard for my elementary students...)  

While walking home, I examined the booklet a bit closer.  It's an "Awake!" booklet made and published by Jehovah's Witnesses.  It is an interesting little booklet.  On one page there's a completely secular feature on Panama, and on the next there's a two-page spread about the Bible's viewpoint on Satan, affirming that Satan is a real person, not merely a personification of evil.  And the previous page is about how to control your spending, and why people buy things they don't need.

What really caught my eye, though, is the section on the back side of the magazine/booklet: Was it designed?


I do find it interesting that the article ends with the "What do you think?" question (above), rather than the church's conclusion - regardless of the rest of the article's contents.  Is the "correct" answer to the question supposed to be obvious, or are they really open for discussion?
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