When President Kim Il Sung Wrote the People are My God
PRESIDENT Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), founding father of socialist Korea, believed in his people as in heaven.
In his memoirs With the Century, he wrote: "The people are my God" has been my constant view and motto. The principle of Juche, which calls for drawing on the strength of the masses who are the masters of the revolution and construction, is my political creed. This has been the axiom that has led me to devote my whole life to the people.
He regarded the masses of the people as omnipotent beings possessed of inexhaustible strength and wisdom, and raised their position and role in historical development to the highest level. Thus the Korean people, once subjected to humiliation and contempt, have enjoyed due respect as dignified citizens of the DPRK.
The word "people" was included in the names of the country and the army, as well as in the names of such monumental structures as the Grand People's Study House, People's Palace of Culture, People's Theatre, People's Open-air Ice Rink and Rungna People's Recreation Ground. This world is not an abstract concept or a mere symbol. It refers to the masses of the people who are leading a dignified life in socialist Korea.
All the lines and policies pursued by the ruling Workers' Party of Korea and the government are for the good of the people and everything serves them. Examples are the Agrarian Reform Law and the Law on Sexual Equality promulgated in 1946, the universal free medical care system established in the days of the Korean war (1950-1953), the universal free education system established in 1959, the universal 11-year compulsory education system in 1975 and the universal 12-year compulsory education system which is now in force.
Thanks to these policies, Korean society has been developed into one in which the people's human rights are fully guaranteed and they live happily without cause for envy.
Chairman KIM JONG IL (1942-2011) carried forward this ennobling idea of President KIM IL SUNG and its validity has been proved by the history of modern Korea.
True to his predecessor's intentions, Supreme Leader KIM JONG UN visits wherever the people live, including factories, farms, fishing villages, scientific research institutes, construction sites, schools, kindergartens, baby homes, orphanages and rest homes.
His speech delivered at the military parade and public procession of the Pyongyang citizens held in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea(October 10, 1945) caused a worldwide sensation, as the word "people" was repeated many times form beginning to end. According to a media report, the world was repeated 97 times in this 25-minute speech.
He would often say: I will pluck a star from the heavens if it is the wishes of the people; there cannot be satisfaction in the work for the people; we must work with devotion for the people until our shoes are worn out.
Under his wise leadership, the DPRK is making a leap forward in all spheres of social life. The people's living standards are steadily improving as they increase production in all economic sectors by giving full play to the spirit of self-reliance and self-development.
They have ushered in a heyday of construction: light-industry factories and commercial service organs are being built or renovated, and monumental structures like the Masikryong Ski Resort, Munsu Water Park, Mirae Scientists Street and Ryomyong Street have sprung up in many parts of the country.
The Korean people's beautiful dreams and ideals will surely come true under this benevolent social system.