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The Plight of the North Korean People, the US, and the Rest of the World

You need to look at this young girl’s story about how life and death in North Korea are “indescribable.”


My Commentary: After seeing the video it saddened me to think about the 70-year plight of the North Korean people. But I’m equally saddened at the state of America and the World.

In my view, Americans (and most of the nations of the world) have forgotten what “freedom” and “one nation under God” really mean. Instead, we abuse that freedom for personal or political gain, self-interest above the common good. A North Korean citizen doesn’t have the luxury of being free; but the benefits of freedom (or rather, freedom abused or forgotten) allow the selfish, self-centered, Entitled, Elite, and Politically Correct to flourish, to hate, and to live to be self-serving and politically motivated for another day—all in the name of freedom and “my rights.”

Not so in North Korea. The question there (and in many other countries that are not truly free) is will I or those I love live to see another day.

Freedom in this country (or any other) is a privilege, not a right, that comes at a great price. The abuse of freedom and lack of leadership (e.g., the Congress, the Senate, and all levels of representative government, the Press, the United Nations, Corporate, etc.) and the lack of courage and resolve to act on behalf of the welfare of all citizens allows self-serving people to jeopardize what little freedom we have left.

Freedom without “one nation under God” (in any country) is not real freedom at all—merely an early or lesser form of North Korea to come.

To close, I offer you some thoughts from “How Should We Then Live?” (1976, 1983, 1993) by Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984):

“Gradually, that which had become the basic thought form of modern people became the almost totally accepted viewpoint, an almost monolithic consensus. And as it came to the majority of people through art, music, drama, theology, and the mass media, values died. As the more Christian-dominated consensus weakened, the majority of people adopted two impoverished values: personal peace and affluence.”

“Personal peace means just to be left alone, not to be troubled by the troubles of other people, whether across the world or across the city—to live one’s life with minimal possibilities of being personally disturbed. Personal peace means wanting to have my personal life pattern undisturbed in my lifetime, regardless of what the result will be in the lifetimes of my children and grandchildren.” (How Should We Then Live, p. 205)

“Here is a simple but profound rule: If there are no absolutes by which to judge society, then society is absolute. Society is left with one man or an elite filling the vacuum left by the loss of the Christian consensus which originally gave us form and freedom in Northern Europe and in the West.” (How Should We Then Live, p. 224)

“If we as Christians do not speak out as authoritarian governments grow from within or come from outside, eventually we or our children will be the enemy of society and the state. No truly authoritarian government can tolerate those who have a real absolute by which to judge its arbitrary absolutes and who speak out and act upon that absolute…To make no decision in regard to the growth of authoritarian government is already a decision for it.” (How Should We Then Live, p. 256-57)

And this final thought: If I tell you—I am a Jew who believes that Jesus is the Messiah and that God is absolute, that “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17)—and if what I have declared bothers you, then does that make me an enemy of society and the state? You see, the issue at hand is greater than North Korea. God help us.

Pray and speak, absolutely.

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Poet, Writer, US Army (Retired)

I dreamed of writing when I was a youngster. The love of books and writing may have helped to dull the pain of severe sexual abuse as I was sexually abused by two men at my father’s place of work from age 8 to 12 or so. I learned about this for the first time when I was 50 years old. So, as a boy, reading was the only place I had to go to. My fantasy world was better and safer than my real world. I loved reading and writing.
Reading books and writing poetry are a joy to me still and are an important part of my life. (See my About Me page on my blog for the complete profile.)

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