As John Milton puts it in his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), “The mind in its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, hell of heaven.” Among many interpretations, the quote may suggest that in spite of the sorrows and circumstances one faces, the mind has the power to transcend such presence of sufferings. In the May issue, the reporters of The Granite Tower (GT) highlight stories of lost paradises in our society. Yet at the same time, we are determined to offer hope amid grim realities.
It is common to see students dreaming utopian campus lives at the beginning of the year. However, life at college does not always turn out as expected. Considering that we are almost halfway through the semester, our reporter interviewed students about whether they succeeded in pursuing their paradises. Moreover, the Feature section reflects on the fall of the golden age of K-League while bringing fresh insights on how to regain its title as our national sport; and examines the far-from-feasible sunset provision of credit card deduction, further discussing the evolutionary steps needed to make the unattainable attainable.
The significant advances in technology have ultimately enabled easy access to abundant information and data. Yet, what seemed like a bliss has come at a high price. The Cover Story deals with perhaps one of the greatest emerging threats to our media freedom—fake news. Rather than merely brushing on the incidents related to yellow journalism, the reporters further dived into the critical attitude the public must take.
The articles represent the reporters’ ambitious attempts to comprehend the loss of such paradise in various sectors. We hope this May issue provides the readers food for thought—perhaps this tragedy, the paradise perceived to have been lost, may lead to a new paradise to be found.