Each country has its own ‘nationally beloved picture’. What kind of paintings do the people of Finland like? Finland is having first ranking of the world happiness index. The painting, painted by Albert Edelfel, was selected as “the most important painting in Finland” in 2013.
Finland was under Russian at the time when the painting was drawn. Before that, Sweden had ruled Korean people for hundreds of years.. It was a country that lost its language, culture, and sovereignty between the two superpowers.
Perhaps the children in the picture are the hopeful future of Finland, which the artist dreams of. The boat that children floated at sea is a symbol of their desire for freedom and independence, and it seems natural that the painting which depicts the happy daily lives of children in Mother Nature captured the hearts of the Finnish people.
Korean liberation from Japan
There was a moment 75 years ago in Korea which was in a similar situation with Finland. The people of Korea shouted for hope, freedom, and independence of its homeland in a country that lost its language, culture, and sovereignty.
On August 15, 1945, Japan declared unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces; it is the celebrated day of the establishment of the Korean government.
We can see that it was a moment when we were overwhelmed by the glorious (광光Gwang) restoration (복復Bok) of sovereignty. Today is the 75th anniversary of National Liberation Day in Korea.
There is no future for a nation that has forgotten history. Remembering that day, we hope that the Republic of Korea and the world will respect individual dignity, values, and differences and continue to develop through engagement and harmony.
The donation of the blood plasma from HWPL
“The donation of the blood plasma from HWPL is a great sacrifice”, the messages sent by Dr. Jagdish Gandhi, the founder of City Montessori School. City Montessori School (CMS), the world’s largest school by Guinness Book of World Records, founded in 1959 in Lucknow, India.
Dr. Jagdish Gandhi, the founder of CMS announced a statement after hearing about voluntary donation of plasma of 4,000 recovered members of HWPL from COVID-19 in South Korea. He sent a message, “This is a great sacrifice of HWPL Members, I’m so grateful for your donation of the blood plasma.”
On 16th July, Dr. Jagdish Gandhi also leaves a message that, “Observing the efforts of his organization closely I can firmly state that Chairman of HWPL is a humanitarian soul with utmost integrity who feels for fraternity and brotherhood across borders.
HWPL members donate their blood
This is palpable in his actions after the unfortunate event, when on his recommendation for the donation of ‘Blood Plasma’ from the members who had recovered from COVID-19, the 4,000 HWPL members voluntarily willing to donate their blood plasma.
It can be valued up to $83 Billion. This led to an organization that contributed the largest number of plasma ever.” He stated, “I appreciate this generous attitude of Chairman Lee and HWPL and this should be a shining example for other organization to follow. I request the South Korean Government to drop the charges against Chairman Lee and instead commend his selfless spirit and his donation of ‘Blood Plasma’- though members of HWPL” Otherwise, HWPL is the international peace organization based in South Korea, which is working for leaving peace legacy to the future generation through peace education and the religious harmony through interfaith dialogue.
In 2018, CMS signed an MOU with HWPL for Peace Education. They began to implement HWPL’s Peace Education…which marked the beginning of a new phase in their peace work. On 11th July, furthermore, religious leaders from Hinduism, Bahaism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, the Catholic Church had inter-religious dialogue conference with each scripture.