It’s a state of mind – The “Han” Condition.

I was watching a documentary about Rain (Korean actor and singer) and he mentioned something, a state of being called “Han” and he spoke about his own personal “Han”. Apparently, all Koreans have this condition. It runs through their society and is the key motivator that spurs them to better themselves and keep them pushing on to perfection.

The Japanese have “Bushido” and to the Koreans, it is “Han”. I was intrigue and decided to dig deeper into this concept because I believe this state can explain my own personal state of mind at this time.

Han is a difficult concept which requires an understanding of the context in which it is used.

Han is frequently translated as sorrow, spite, rancor, regret, resentment or grief, among many other attempts to explain a concept that has no English equivalent. Han is an inherent characteristic of the Korean character and as such finds expression, implied or explicit, in nearly every aspect of Korean life and culture.[5]

Han is sorrow caused by heavy suffering, injustice or persecution, a dull lingering ache in the soul. It is a blend of lifelong sorrow and resentment, neither more powerful than the other. Han is imbued with resignation, bitter acceptance and a grim determination to wait until vengeance can at last be achieved.[5]

Han is passive. It yearns for vengeance, but does not seek it. Han is held close to the heart, hoping and patient but never aggressive. It becomes part of the blood and breath of a person. There is a sense of lamentation and even of reproach toward the destiny that led to such misery.[5]

Wikipedia – Han (Cultural)

It sounds like a prolong state of depression, yet it is taken as a source of strength to propel someone to do great things. To accomplished what may have yet to be fulfilled. To look out into space and know, that there is still something greater for you to finish.

Are you in a state of “Han” too?


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