Bat-han

“So exactly what does ‘han’ mean in Korean?”

“Well, it can have several meanings depending on the context.”

“What about the one that means ‘loneliness’ or ‘isolation’?”

“Hmm, I suppose it can mean that, but that’s only a small part of it.  It would also include great sadness and hatred.”

“So, it’s kind of like the blues.”

“No, not like the blues.  That’s too soft.  If you say your heart is filled with han, it means you are full of anger and sadness and hatred and despair and loneliness past the most extreme feelings you can bear.  It means you’ve gone to the end and there is no turning back.”

“Oh.  So in other words, Batman has han.”

“Yes!  Exactly!”

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