is a Korean word that can’t be accurately and completely translated into English. My best translation would be,
a sweet and endearing fondness and care for someone, whom you know well or are getting to know
I think it’s funny how sometimes your 정 for someone can increase as they’ve disappointed or hurt you, as you’ve seen more of their flaws and what makes them really human.
It shatters the ideas of the person you had in mind and instead brings life to this more complex and clumsy human, who you can more easily relate to than before. Who you can find comfort knowing that you don’t suck alone. This person sucks too.
It brings a fondness because you witness some of the weakest parts of this person, freeing you to show the weakest sides of you. And if you have an upsurge of 정 after seeing their mess, it’s hoped that they would somehow see the gold in your mess too.
정… it’s a powerful force of love.