A Large Family
The people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea call their country a large family. The phenomena peculiar to the socialist system of this country give vivid expressions to it.
A Land of Fantasy
Yu Mi Ri, a Korean resident in Japan, wrote an article, titled A Summer Vacation in Pyongyang—North Korea Which I Saw. In her article she wrote:
“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea whose name is beautiful is a land of fantasy.”
Girls and mothers look after orphans voluntarily, young men and women get married to disabled soldiers, and young people look after the elderly with no one to support them as they would do their parents, and people dedicate their lives without hesitation to rescue children from drowning or people and their household articles from burning buildings―these virtuous deeds are common phenomena that can be witnessed in the DPRK.
It is needless to explain that this society full of ennobling deeds is nobler than capitalist society filled with individualism the core values of which is “You or I.”
Not long ago this country reported the news that the miners, who had been trapped in a pit by the collapse of coal face for several days, mined coal till they could not move any longer. It was not a struggle for survival but a laudable deed aimed at producing a larger amount of coal till the last moments of their lives in order to render a contribution to making their country prosperous.
Such a deed is unimaginable in capitalist society.
The miners believed that their fellows would surely rescue them. So they thought it was immoral to sit with folded arms until they were rescued.
This legend-like story is something that can be found only in the DPRK where the slogan of collectivism “One for all and all for one!” has been etched in people’s hearts.
Sky and Sun
Our people are best in the world; We must run until we drop for the people!; We must worship people as heaven; We must do everything for the sake of the people by relying on them.
These are remarks Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of socialist Korea, often emphasizes. Running through his politics are importance given to people and affection for them.
His affection makes people feel the warmth of spring even in winter. The supreme leader and the people have formed a harmonious whole, a large family, by ties of kinship. When he poses for a photograph with people and service personnel, he stands shoulder to shoulder and arm in arm with them. When he meets children, he takes them in his bosom. When he was leaving the far-flung Jangjae and Mu islands after inspecting the island-defending units, the service personnel and their families plunged into the sea to see him off; when he was waving his hand back, his eyes were filled with tears. These scenes touched the hearts of all people.
One can see these ties of kinship in the letters exchanged between the leader and the people and often carried in Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper of this country.
One day Kim Jong Un received a letter from a naturalized Japanese woman. He sent her a reply, which read:
“Mothers worry about their ailing children more than anybody else. They do their best to allay their pain; they even sacrifice their flesh and blood. I think all mothers in the world feel happy when they see their children successful and regard it as the fruit of their lifelong efforts which they would not trade for anything. That is why people call ours a motherly party.”
Busy as he is with state affairs, he reads every one of the letters from people of all ages, ranging from children to the elderly. The people write in their letters their joys and sorrows. Kim Jong Un sends his autographic reply letters to them. Such exchanges of letters, exchange of affection and trust is something unique to the DPRK.
When one studies the social system of the DPRK in all aspects, one can understand the true meaning of a saying which goes, “Parents bring up their children without receiving money.”
This country not only enforces 12-year free compulsory education but also gives education to students at tertiary education institutes on a scholarship. It provides free medical service to the people. It builds houses and supplies them to the people free of charge.
For the people living in the capitalist world all these are mysterious phenomena which they can find only in fairy tales.
People of the world say: How can such a relationship that would put that between lovers to shame be formed between the leader and the people? The ties of kinship as powerful as a terrestrial gravitation can never be separated even by an A-bomb.
The people of the DPRK call their leader, who believes them as in heaven, as the sun in that heaven.
They call this ennobling relationship between the sky and the sun “an integral whole” and “a large family”.