Koreans respect the elderly, and North Koreans were not an exception. However, during the social chaos in the late 1990s, even a number of young people died of starvation in North Korea: nowadays, the spirit of respect toward the elderly has collapsed.
“Young people regularly call me, ‘Hey old bastard, bitch, old fart’ and so on. It’s the end of the world. The spirit of this nation has been destroyed, and the moral sense has faded away,” said a number of old North Koreans who crossed the border into China.
Generally speaking, ethics and morality deteriorate at the country where an alarming level of poverty exists. However, even after the severe famine ended, the “respect towards old people” has not been revived.
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Although the famine ended, it is inevitable for people to earn money in order to feed themselves–since the food rationing and the social welfare system have been obsolete. Seemingly, the whole society has recognized the elderly as useless. (JiroIshimaru)
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