Thursday, May 25, 2006

Why not revolt? wouldnt Confuscious want that if he saw the state of North Korea today?

I find it amazing that the North Korean people it seems follow the Confuscion concept of unity, ie: do it for the group and not for the individual, which is what present day communism follows. Despite all this, their ruller Kim Jung Ill has inherited the presidency, and soon he will pass it on to his son. This is a dicatatorship in all shape or form: History is rewritten when it has to be, fear is used to keep the people in check, with immense punishment.
Maybe its becasue ive lived a life soley in the United States, but i simply can't see how the North Korean people have not yet revolted? It would just seem that they are almost androids, how can they not look to the south and see the amazing mircale that can come from caving to the western concepts of civilization...The Russians did....the French five times, the US did and yet still North Korea has taken it hand in hand for hte last 60 yrs, while everywhere else enormous economic strides have been made within the region, how much longer will this go on. Its simply insnase that so many people choose to follow the leader, for a lack of a better terminology....


Ji-young Park said...

North Koreans could i guess revolt as you say and bring themselves out of this total insanity; following a dictator like Kim Jung Il, who has a complete free reign in leading his people to starvation and death.
But putting ourselves in the shoes of those North Koreans, could such words as 'revolt', 'revolution', 'rebellion' etc. come to one's mind so easily, or even naturally?
Given the condition of their lives would it be so easy to think of such things? or could they even think for themselves?
Imagine having been brought up in a totally confined, isolated world; imagine that since your birth you have never been outside your room and that your parents just fed you food and taught you that your room was all that there was to the world and that there is nothing better than the room/world you are living in; your parents are the only source of necessities you need to survive; they are the only contact you have apart from yourself. Given such extreme condition would it be so easy for one to come up with an idea to stand up against one's parents; parents who were the only people in your world whom you could relate to, who were the only beings in your world to help you grasp the sense of who you are and what you are in the world?
I may have gone 'overboard' with my use of analogy but I guess what I direly wanted to point out was that, maybe those North Koreans, who seem in our eyes as fanatics, insane or even 'autistic', are not so incomprehensible, inexplicable as we all think they are. It desperately calls for a deeper and a more open-minded approach, requiring of us, the 'outsiders', a greater width and depth of flexibility in our perceptions to understand the nature and the behaviours of those North Koreans.

John said...

When questioning why there has no been a revolt in North Korea we as Westerns often look at our own history as comparison. National revolts must be organized or have broad mass appeal in order to move beyond a small locality or small group of disaffected people. What organizations exist in North Korea? There is almost a complete lack of an organized civil society independent of the party-state. Citizens recieve their education from the state and are restricted in their movements, especially from leaving the country. The information the North Korean people recieve comes from the government and is heavily censored and propagandized. I don't think that a revolt can really come from the people until an independent civil society exists. More probable is a intra-party factional struggle or a military coup, but these would be elite struggles and would only affect the citizens if the elite struggles became protracted and lead to a break-down of the party-state organization and control.