Leading on from the last paragraph of the last blog...about the Fat Boy of North Korea...doesn't it rather beg the question about how life doles out the short straw to some and not to others. And that's a wild generalisation...in North Koreas case it isn't a few people who lead miserable impoverished lives...it's thousands upon thousands who do. Not through any fault of their own...but because they happened to be born in a country which in many ways is worse than the Dark Ages, ruled by a man who is beginning to make Genghis Khan look positively cuddly.
We, that is our little circle of friends on ipernity, have a roof over our heads and food on the table and clothes to wear. We worked and had families and voted freely and drove our own cars. Went on holidays and celebrated occasions and we receive medication and hospital care when we're ill.
What makes us different? Why have we led relatively peaceful and happy lives with no threat of forced labour camps or starvation...no fear of reprisal if we discuss our respective governments failings in public...we have the freedom to travel where we wish, to speak to whom we choose.
We are ordinary people...there's nothing special about us...nothing which marks us out as being different...so why have we led our lives in freedom when millions of North Koreans live lives of abject misery.
A couple of years ago I invited two women to supper one evening...and I raised a glass to toast us 'for being lucky enough' to live the way we've chosen to do. They both rounded on me in unison and said it wasn't luck...it was making the right choices. Which in a way is true enough...but we had the freedom to make those 'right choices' in the first place.
Perhaps part of our 'luck' has been to live in countries which are not ruled over by despots...
North Korea is by no means the only country where freedom of speech and decent food is virtually unknown...it isn't the only country in the world ruled by a madman either...and we are powerless...all we can do is stand silently on the sidelines and watch helplessly.
It makes rather a joke of the concept of karma...surely to goodness an entire country of people cannot be paying for bad karma...I'd been going to write it makes a mockery of the idea of a loving God, but you have to be a Christian first and those in Korea haven't a choice of which religion to follow.
I'd like to know how you feel about it...