Park Chung-hee Quotes (朴正熙の語録) Our 5,000 years of history (half a million years of our country's history) has been, in a word, a chain of history of regression, shoddiness and stagnation. When have we ever dominated other countries beyond our frontiers? Where have we tried to reform our national society by seeking foreign cultural materials widely? Where have we flaunted our national prestige with the firm unification of the country? Where have we demonstrated our own independence with our unique industry and culture? We have always been pushed around by powerful nations, blindly assimilating foreign cultures, or never leaving the confines of our primitive industries. At best, we have never had a peaceful day because of the conflicts among our people, which was simply one of the epitomes of infantile feudal society shown by makeshift, negligence, idleness and opportunism. When we consider our national history in the above way, it is nothing short of pathetic. Of course, there were saints and sages like Sejong the Great or Admiral Yi Sun-sin in certain eras, but when we look back on the entire history of our nation, we can only be stunned and darkened. Our history, which is like a storehouse of all kinds of evil, should be burned to ashes. Today's younger generation, along with the older generation, look back on the footsteps of their ancestors with bitterness and feel contempt and indignation at the same time.