&#91LETTERS TO THE EDITOR&#93Destroying it is no way to love nature

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&#91LETTERS TO THE EDITOR&#93Destroying it is no way to love nature

I recently visited the Baraebong at Mount. Jiri. The peak is the country’s largest habitat of royal azalea blossoms.
Indeed, when I got there I saw flowers in full bloom. I stopped to rest for a while, enjoying the view from the mountain top, and then took pictures of the flowers.
A lot of other people were taking pictures as well, including a family right next to me.
I observed a very disheartening thing in these people, however. The mother plucked the flowers and handed them over to her young child. Furthermore, they intruded into the heart of the habitat, destroying flowers to have their photos taken there.
The mother was teaching the child, who should be learning how to love nature, how to destroy it.
I think it is more important to keep the heart, which knows how to love and preserve nature, rather than to keep the photos that were taken while destroying nature.

by Yang Han-cheol
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