By Kellyn Gross
One of the first Korean proverbs that I heard in the initial months of my living in Gangwon Province was sonbadageuro haneuleul gariryeohanda. Or in English, don’t try to hide the sky with the palm of your hand.
A colleague at the time had difficulty explaining the literal sense of the proverb to me, but the gist I got was that though one can cover the sky from view with her hand, the sky still remains—its existence unending even if you can’t see it. More figuratively, you can’t deny the obvious or hide from yourself and your past misdeeds. Life has a way of making us face ourselves no matter what, and it’s foolish to think otherwise.