On May 23, 2009, Roh Moo-hyun committed suicide. This was the darkest day in Moon Jae-in’s life. After many years, he still couldn’t help but regret it, “if I could do something in the beginning.” Destiny pushed Moon Jae-in into the wave of the times again.
Moon Jae-in was born in a humble background. His parents were refugees. He was kicked out of school because he had no money to pay for his tuition. His life gradually stabilized until his family settled in Busan. He has been very fond of reading since he was a child, and he would bring a lot of books even when traveling. In 1972, he was admitted to the Faculty of Law of Kyung Hee University. During his schooling, the President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee, in order to strengthen the dictatorship of the warlords, launched the October Restoration Coup and completely overthrew the previous Korean Constitution. This kind of trampling of the national legal system was very difficult for the Korean people at the time to accept. In those days, Moon Jae-in and his classmates discussed the political situation all night, and finally decided to join the parade to fight the dictatorship together. These experiences influenced Moon Jae-in’s life, gave him a deep understanding of politics for the first time, and shaped his sense of social responsibility. He was eventually arrested and expelled from school. As for these results, Moon Jae-in himself didn’t care much, but his mother was anxious. During the visit, his mother asked him, “Even if it is the right thing, why it must be you to do it?” Moon Jae-in at that time could not answer his mother, but later he answered this question with his life. After being released, Moon Jae-in was drafted into the army again and began his military service. He was assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade of Special Operations.
The First Airborne Brigade is the Seoul Garrison directly under the headquarters of the South Korean Army. Because it often fights on the front line, the death rate is very high. Most of the soldiers are people with criminal records, with a punitive nature. When he was a student, Moon Jae-in was punished and expelled, but he was a star in the army. He did well in ordinary training programs, such as shooting, long-distance running, and swimming. He was exceptionally talented in skydiving and blasting. He has been awarded the commendation of “the best soldier” many times, by Jeon Doo-hwan who later became the president of South Korea . in a dramatic way, Moon Jae-in entangled with the position of president
After being discharged from the army, Moon Jae-in was admitted to the Judicial Research Institute for further studies, and finally became a lawyer. He first interviewed several well-known law firms, whose clients were from large companies, and the law firms give him very good offers , but Moon Jae-in has always hoped that he can penetrate in the people and defend ordinary people who have been wronged. A friend told him that a lawyer named Roh Moo-hyun was looking for a partner. The fate of the two was intertwined.
Many years later, standing in front of the Blue House, Moon Jae-in always remembered the day when he first met Roh Moo-hyun. The two of them sat in the office with a cup of tea in front of each other. They talked a lot, and Roh Moo-hyun talked about his own experience of defending ordinary people. Moon Jae-in talked about his school days. Moon Jae-in said in his autobiography, “I quickly developed a sense of homogeneity with him, and we have the same temperament.” Roh Moo-hyun confessed to Moon Jae-in that he only realized that he wanted to be a clean lawyer. not easy. “If we two cooperate, we must be clean lawyers together.” At that moment, the “Roh Moo-hyun and Moon Jae-in Cooperative Law Firm” was established. They embarked on a career with the same ideals.