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#196 – Yeonmi Park: North Korea

Lex Fridman Podcast

1 Jul 2021

2hr 6mins

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#196 – Yeonmi Park: North Korea

1 Jul 2021

2hr 6mins

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Quote

"You're not oppressed if you know the definition of oppression."

Ideas

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Those who control language, control the masses.
We think in words, so those who control words can control our thoughts.

To first understand something, you must learn the word for it, and then ask what it is.

People in North Korea were purposely not taught words like stress and trauma, so that they didn't have the capacity to express how they felt, they weren't taught words like freedom and oppression, so they couldn't realise the situation they're in.

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Those who control language, control the masses.
We think in words, so those who control words can control our thoughts.

To first understand something, you must learn the word for it, and then ask what it is.

People in North Korea were purposely not taught words like stress and trauma, so that they didn't have the capacity to express how they felt, they weren't taught words like freedom and oppression, so they couldn't realise the situation they're in.

2

What doesn't make sense to me is why there is so much more support for animals in comparison to other humans.
We spend so much time, money and energy fighting for the rights of animals that can't speak up for themselves, and that's beautiful.

But there are so many people in the world who live in poverty or are so oppressed that they don't know what the concept of freedom is, that they need those that can speak up to speak up more.

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What doesn't make sense to me is why there is so much more support for animals in comparison to other humans.
We spend so much time, money and energy fighting for the rights of animals that can't speak up for themselves, and that's beautiful.

But there are so many people in the world who live in poverty or are so oppressed that they don't know what the concept of freedom is, that they need those that can speak up to speak up more.

3

The systems in society matter way more than we realise.
Obviously, what we each individually choose to do has a significant impact on where we end up, but often, because we can't easily see the powers at play of the system itself, we take for granted how important the overall system is.

The very thoughts and ability to choose what we do individually and independently in many situations, is only possible because of the system that we live in.

North & South Korea is a perfect example of this, where you have people who were once homogenous, get split up with different societal systems, which has resulted in radically different outcomes.

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The systems in society matter way more than we realise.
Obviously, what we each individually choose to do has a significant impact on where we end up, but often, because we can't easily see the powers at play of the system itself, we take for granted how important the overall system is.

The very thoughts and ability to choose what we do individually and independently in many situations, is only possible because of the system that we live in.

North & South Korea is a perfect example of this, where you have people who were once homogenous, get split up with different societal systems, which has resulted in radically different outcomes.

Questions

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Can you think of something where society's systems itself afforded you the opportunities that you have?

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Can you think of something where society's systems itself afforded you the opportunities that you have?

What else is in the episode

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How the world is ignoring the genocide in North Korea

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How the world is ignoring the genocide in North Korea

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How most of us have never experienced pure evil

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How most of us have never experienced pure evil

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The issue of political correctness, particularly comparing the US to North Korea

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The issue of political correctness, particularly comparing the US to North Korea

Who is Yeonmi Park?

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A North Korean defector and human rights activist who escaped from North Korea. Her family fled to China, where Park and her mother fell into the hands of human traffickers and she was sold into slavery before escaping to Mongolia. Her memoir is 'In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom'.

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A North Korean defector and human rights activist who escaped from North Korea. Her family fled to China, where Park and her mother fell into the hands of human traffickers and she was sold into slavery before escaping to Mongolia. Her memoir is 'In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom'.

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