This morning your assignment is to read this article entitled “20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea”.
It is a sobering , but very worthwhile exercise. You will see plenty of parallels between Corporate Scientology and the Ideal Country of North Korea. This is a picture of the end result of the attempts to control everyone inside the bubble. The control of information. The regimentation of thinking. The punishment for stepping out of line. The massive marble buildings on display. The total reverence for their leader. The lies. The propaganda.
If it doesn’t make you sit up and think, you should probably see a doctor for confirmation of life.
Some of the videos are amazing, especially the staged shows called the “Mass Games”.
Here are the headings from the article, but really, read the whole thing for the specifics.
1) The leaders are a really big fucking deal there. About the same as the RCS.
2) Everyone lies about everything all the time. Sound familiar?
3) Most visitors to the country are forced to stay in the same hotel when they’re in Pyongyang. Ever been to “Flag”?
4) Propaganda is absolutely everywhere. There too?
5) The tour guides apparently don’t find it awkward to constantly refer to Americans as “American Imperialists” even though I’m standing right there. Like the PR people of the church don’t find it awkward to accuse the media of being bigots and “merchants of chaos” to their faces.
6) It’s not cool to call North Korea “North Korea.” And it’s definitely not cool to call Scientology a cult.
7) Kim Jong Un’s exact year of birth is not a subject you should try to gather information on while in the country. Don’t ask for any details about Miscavige’s life, especially not his wife.
8) The same physical place can be fancy and shitty at the same time. Dead, empty Ideal Orgs where the elevators don’t work and the lights are shut off?
9) North Koreans still talk about the Korean War constantly. Scientologists talk about the Golden Age of Tech and “the Basics” constantly.
10) All kids wear the same uniform all the time, even when they’re not in school. Been on the streets of Clearwater?
11) It’s best to just not bring up the huge rocket hotel in the middle of Pyongyang. Or the Super Power building. Or the vaults at Trementina.
12) North Koreans seem to be lacking a sense of humor about the mausoleum that holds the bodies of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The RCS is just lacking a sense of humor about anything.
13) North Korea even manages to have dictator-esque traffic ladies. Teenage MAAs?
14) The Mass Games are both breathtaking and disturbing. So are the IAS events.
15) No North Korean people have access to the Internet because the government is concerned that people would see things that would make them feel unfairly critical toward the West, and the government would like to protect the West’s reputation by preventing the people from going on the Internet. Isn’t that a coincidence?
16) Kim Jong Il used a MacBook Pro. David Miscavige smokes Camel nonfilters.
17) Most of the time people walked together, I swear they were walking in step. Been to Clearwater?
18) North Korea is the one place where the museum of ancient times sounds like the good old days. Well, not the ONLY place!
19) Apparently the tears in this video are actually real. Gushing, over-the-top fawning over “COB” has become a new art form in the RCS.
20) It turns out that there’s a place in the world that will make you enter China and think, “Thank god for this land of boundless freedom!” No comment.