This morning I watched a documentary on North Korea. One pretty interesting scene was where the film crew was taken to a commercial district to highlight the clean and modern storefronts and living quarters that showcased the many options that were available to the average North Korean citizen and how it all was a shining example of the Juche principles.
The filmmakers quizzed workers about products and came to the realization that the district, the apartments, the products and the workers were all a ruse. A cleverly constructed lie to outsiders and citizens that these things are normal and attainable and that everyone can live just like this if they remain loyal to the Dear Leader and the principles of Juche.
“How could people believe that,” I asked myself.
Then I realized that I was asking myself these questions while sitting in the middle of Biltmore Park.