A Cult of Personality
Amazingly enough, despite all of the oppression North Koreans undergo, most of the population loves their government. This is due to a cult-like love that has been instilled into the minds of North Koreans for their leader, Kim Jong-un. The people of North Korea refer to their leaders by titles such as “The Great Leader.” It is known that every home in North Korea is required to have a picture of their leader, as is every office. The people of North Korea worship Kim Jong-un with unrelenting passion. I once watched a documentary on North Korea in which people received eye surgeries removing cataracts. Every time someone had the operation finished, they would walk up to a giant picture of Kim Jong-il, the leader at the time, and put their hands in the air and thank him with much emotion. Then the people behind that person would also all join together in saying thank you to the portrait of the leader. Some people even became so filled with emotion that they broke down in tears. The extent of the brainwashing done to North Koreans is so great that they don’t even question their living conditions. They are told that their leader is doing great things for them and that all troubles are caused by America and other countries who denounce North Korea. The link below goes to a website showing an example with how North Korea responded to the of death of Kim Jong-il.