When you’re not allowed to express anything in the open, you become good at reading what is unspoken. In one of their personal letters to me, a student wrote that he understood why I always called them gentlemen. It was because I was wishing them to be gentle in life, he said. ~ Suki Kim, Writer “Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite”
The most striking thing about this TED Talk is how blatant is the fact that if you are born in North Korea, you will spend your life glorifying the Great Leader.
Suki Kim spent all her time for an intensive six months with these young gentlemen who were not allowed to be themselves.
Culturally it was expected. Not just by parents but also by the voice of authority–their Great Leader.
Your life will be about answering to and supporting the Great Leader.
Your life is not your own to live.
Your life is about devotion to a person outside of your self.
Makes me wonder, WHO is the Great Leader in your life?
If it isn’t YOU, may we suggest that you make it so. Do what that takes.
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