Could this propaganda-styled poster of Kim be right?
Examine closely these images from North Korea as you reflect upon select quotes from Henry David Thoreau.
Fishermen prepare their nets on the North Korean side of the Yalu river across from the Chinese border town of Hekou. N.K. photographs by Ng Han Guan/AP.
Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another? Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?...
North Korean dock workers react to a passing Chinese tour boat along the Yalu river dividing China and North Korea.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Two North Korean women wash their hair in the Yalu river on the border of northeast China's Liaoning province.
However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. – from Walden
Farmers till the land in the North Korean hillside across from the Chinese border town of Hekou, in northeastern China's Liaoning province.
It is well to find your employment and amusement in simple and homely things. These wear best and yield most. I think I would rather watch the motions of these cows in their pasture for a day, which I now see all headed one way and slowly advancing, watch them and project their course carefully on a chart, and report all their behavior faithfully, than wander to Europe or Asia, and watch other motions there; for it is only ourselves that we report in either case, and perchance we shall report a more restless, worthless self in the latter case than the former. – from Journal, October 5, 1856