I like Korea. If I didn't, there is no way I would get involved as I have; what would be the point? Certainly Korea has its critics, both from inside and outside the country, but then what country doesn't. And just like every other country, emirate, state or region in which I have lived and worked in the last 40 years or so, Korea has its hopes and its dreams. The skill required towards achieving those dreams, though, is to indulge in an ongoing reality check to see whether and by how you much closer you are getting.