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15th-Jun-2006 01:20 pm
Photos from North Korea, taken by a visitor from Russian. He also took pictures at places where he actually was not allowed to do it. This is how living in a cult on a greater scale looks like.
15th-Jun-2006 04:30 pm (UTC) - article on North Korea visit
Thanks for the link - you got me interested in North Korea, which I know next to nothing about, and while I was searching the internet, I came across this fascinating article by an American who was able to visit North Korea: http://www.1stopkorea.com/index.htm?nk-trip1.htm~mainframe
As trapped and controlled as the author felt in North Korea - as carefully as information was controlled and questions discouraged - this is how I felt in UBF, on a smaller scale.
15th-Jun-2006 07:31 pm (UTC) - Re: article on North Korea visit
Thanks for the link. But the American has only taken part in the usual program for foreigners, including the Arirang festival that also Sarah Barry attended. North Korea is a whole country that is lead like a cult and shows all signs of a cult. The ruler is deified, and the ideology is more like a religion than a political idea. I have read an interesting book about North Korea, written by a German from the former GDR who worked there for many decades. It was so interesting to read and reminded me so much of UBF. Unfortunately, there is no English translation. I think the case of North Korea shows that Koreans are particularly susceptible for forming cults, in both regards: They have people with unusual charisma and ability to manipulate, and the mass of people is easy to deceive, and they produce ever more power monger leaders because they tend to flatter their leaders and give them honor, power and authority which they don't deserve and makes them ever more corrupt.
15th-Jun-2006 11:05 pm (UTC) - Re: article on North Korea visit
Just another reason to rethink Confucian societal structure.
16th-Jun-2006 12:41 am (UTC) - Re: article on North Korea visit
Maybe one can derive the following formulas:

Communism + Korean Confucianism = North Korea (Juche)

Christianity + Korean Confucianism = UBF

The Korean spirit somehow perverts the idea of both Communism and Christianity. Everything becomes much worse instead of better (as they believe). Just as UBFers believe that UBFish Christianity is the most perfect Christianity, North Koreans believe that Juche is the most perfect form of Communism.
16th-Jun-2006 12:36 am (UTC)
See also this faq on an official North Korean website. Guess what is the first question. Reminds me somehow of the official UBF websites.

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