Next morning, I met my boss Gyu-woon in his office and informed him of my intentions of leaving Consultronics International. A bit later, I phoned Aroon to inform him the intended date of joining ICL and handed over the letter of resignation to Gyu-woon. Though I told Gyu-woon about the challenging offer from ICL, this information wasn’t disclosed to anyone else; I told most people that I intended to join DCS soon.
The following September I started working for ICL—a new venture for manufacturing IBM mainframes in Buyeo. I cherished the hope that my work on computing would set the vision for a prosperous South Korea. I hoped I would be wealthier and resourceful later to share my vision of Oneness with South Korea, with the world, if I was fortunate. In the short term, I might rent a bigger house to accommodate Papa, Ji-woo and Seung-hyun.
The intention behind Jie-won’s move to Buyeo is to increase proximity between members of two sets of his relationship—(1) Papa and Suk-hwan, and (2) Hye-jin and Joo-won. At Buyeo, Jie-won finds employers exploiting the competition among workers. He shows respect to co-workers, acknowledges their contributions and finds himself acknowledged by people around him including employers. The concept of Oneness flows to people around him, without any showing off for Oneness.
Jie-won brings Yun-seo to his Buyeo apartment for treatment of her lymph node cancer. Yun-seo is at the intersection of two relationship sets: she is related to her husband Moo-ryong and parents-in-law; she is also Jie-won’s sister. When Yun-seo’s in-laws don’t look after her, Jie-won helps her to live on her own and get treated at Buyeo. Hye-jin and Suk-hwan are scared that Jie-won may cross boundaries.
Jie-won hasn’t forgotten the nineteen jeons, taken off Suk-hwan’s carom board; he wants to earn. His short-term goal is to accommodate Papa, Ji-woo and Seung-hyun in his residence. His long-term goal is to have enough wealth and resources to help people move across relationship boundaries to help other individuals.
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