Well, effect of the Korean War is pretty well known. But that prosaic effect is not what I am talking about.
With brevity, the effect of the Korean War, personally is that my grandfather moved south. Why is that personally significant? That is because that was how I came to be born. Without my grandfather moving south (he lived in present-day North Korea; my grandfather is much older than North Korea), he couldn't have met my grandmother who is from south. My father was born because of Korean War and thus I was born because of Korean War.
I feel I am digressing, but every single historical events all happened in order to make me born. And make you born. Magna Carta in Britain made me born. I think that is very likely and true. For a hypothetical example, Magna Carta's provision established a parliament and that might have facilitated trade around Northern Europe. That increase in trade might have connected a couple to marry, who might have never met. That marriage or arranged marriage results in a birth that otherwise might have never happened. The boy born was a prominent figure. He creates an enormous trading company, making its name heard to the silk road. Great trading in Britain surely makes silk road boom. That boom encourages more people to become merchants. Silk road connects to China and even to Korea. More merchants in China might have travelled to Korea. And some merchant might have chanced upon a girl in Korea and another marriage may have happened. And that girl and the Chinese merchant might have been my great-great-...-grandfather. In truth, my last name "Won" has come from China around a thousand years ago, around the time of Magna Carta. Well, I think there is a link between Magna Carta and my birth, however weak that may be.
Anyway, I am really sad that I cannot continue writing this, for I have SAT Subject tests to take next week. I am a pretty good crammer, probably because my mother was a wondrous crammer.
Jin Woo Won
An undergrad at Columbia University, studying Computer Science and in particular artificial intelligence.