We know that North Korea is a backwards country ruled by a narcissistic dictator. The country is poor, disconnected from the rest of the world, and even a look at the world light map shows you that North Korea is in utter darkness. Life in North Korea is very bleak.
It makes sense that compassionate people would want to see North Koreans liberated from their all-around miserable lives. Stories from those who have managed to escape North Korea paint a horrifying picture of submission, starvation and hopelessness. However, escapees also tell us that the people are so disconnected, that most have no idea how bad things actually are. They truly believe in their “Dear Leader” and are brainwashed early on about how “lucky” they are to live there.
“Dear Leader,” currently Kim Jong Un, is believed to be a god. The people are brainwashed to believe he is a superstar and they actually think he is absolutely perfect. When Kim Jong Un took power, young men rushed to get in line to get a haircut like his. Have you seen this guy’s hair? Now that’s dedication.
Here are a few other things the North Koreans are told about their current “Dear Leader” and his father who ruled before him.
“Children in North Korea are reportedly to be taught that Kim Jong-un learned to drive at the age of three, as part of a new school subject entirely dedicated to his life and “revolutionary works”.
Teachers will be expected to teach the outlandish claim as fact, according to a new teacher’s manual reported via the UPI agency in South Korea’s TV Chosun.
Among other elements of Kim’s “history” to be taught is the episode when, aged nine, he apparently “raced the chief executive of a foreign yacht company who was visiting North Korea at the time”.
According to the teacher’s manual, Kim won the race “despite the odds”.
The indoctrination of such absurd statements into the future citizens of North Korea represents a level of propaganda beyond the everyday stories that fill the regime-controlled news outlets, usually involving Kim visiting a broad range of sites requiring varied expertise and offering his own ‘field guidance.’ ”
If you think driving at 3 and winning a yacht race at 9, click here for some outrageous teachings about his father, Kim Jong Il, including that he never pooped. Yep, he’s a god and gods don’t poop. Think people wouldn’t believe that? In Aquariums of Pyongyang, Kang Chol-hwan (an escapee) writes: “[They] were perfect beings, untarnished by any base human function. I was convinced, as we all were, that neither of them urinated or defecated. Who could imagine such things of gods?”
Further, it is taught that Kim Jung Il invented the hamburger, was a master golfer who scored 11 holes-in-one the first time he golfed and is beloved around the world.
North Koreans are taught from a very young age not to question anything about “Dear Leader.” Doing so is very risky, as everyone is trained to turn in dissenters which will be punished severely. As all of the tension is rising right now with North Korea, I hope that the people there will someday be able to peacefully join the rest of us and realize that yes, their “Dear Leader” is human, and not a good one at that.