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351. All Is Well That Ends Well

뉴스관리자 기자2013.11.01 13:44:12

All Is Well That Ends Well

By Kim, Myeong-jin, Editor-in-Chief

maple67@knu.ac.kr

 

 When people ask movie-goers about movies, they usually ask whether the movie has a happy ending or a sad ending. Of course, movies with sad endings have their attractions, but we naturally prefer movies with happy endings. This is because we think 'all is well that ends well.' An investigation done by the 2002 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences, Daniel Kahneman, substantiated that even if an experience is long and painful, people prefer it if it has a happy ending to a short experience which does not.

 

 A backpacker who walks all day long, has blisters on his feet, and feels nervous about losing his luggage, would regret starting his lonely and strenuous travel. However, drinking hot chocolate after a shower, he would think it is worth traveling. Moreover, when he lays down on the bed, he would say to himself, 'it was a fantastic day today.' Similarly, we choose to go through hardships in our youth and have comfort in our old age rather than the opposite situation. It is a delay of gratification. When the time for gratification comes, we involuntarily put difficult times out of our mind.

 

  Some people say that living for the future devalues the present. However, the future cannot be sacrificed to the present. It is clear that our current endeavors strengthen future successes. There is a saying, 'pleasure follows pain.' That means that we should savor the bitterness of now. It is fertilizer for the sweet fruit called 'success.' There are many KNU students who are tired of assignments, group work and endless examinations. Outside of that, there are some skeptical students who sit in the library but cannot find the meaning of their studies. However, please imagine your frustration - which seems endless - turning into a great fortune. When we do that, we naturally forget about our sufferings and look for a wonderful future. In a word, the hardships we are going through now are stepping stones to success.

 

 The moment that we welcomed in the year 2013 is as vivid as if it happened yesterday. However, we are already greeting a new year - 2014. In order to let go of 2013 well, it is better to complete the work that you are working on rather than starting a new task. Don't you have things to finish before 2013 is over? Do your best to get your work done so that we can hail 2014.

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