It was a few days after Kim Jong Il started his work at the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
While he was teaching an official the matters to be held fast to in the Party work, Kim Jong Il told them that he had a request. And then he requested the official to inform him if anyone would come to see him.
A few days later the official came to know the intention of Kim Jong Il’s request.
Kim Jong Il came to the official’s room in the small hours of the next morning. He asked the official why he had not gone home. Kim Jong Il told the official to go home quickly and asked again whether there had been any officials who had come to see him.
The official answered that there had been not any yet. Kim Jong Il said that the morning air was fresh, indeed and that the revolutionaries should first breathe the morning air, approaching a window.
Looking for a while at the night of the capital in peace outside the window, Kim Jong Il said… Children have a good sleep at midnight as they have warm embrace of benevolent mothers. Our people call our Party a motherly party in comparison with such a warm embrace.
Kim Jong Il continued… Our Party intends to solve important problems assigned before the Party by enlisting inexhaustible ideological and mental strength of the Party members to the maximum. The Party workers should feel pleased when their members willingly come and give their views. The Party workers should know that they fail in their work if the members do not come willingly. I am very pleased when the Party members come voluntarily to open their hearts. They inform us on time of what we fail to grasp and make us aware of what we do not know.
Looking up in admiration to Kim Jong Il who regards the people’s will and demand as the absolute criterion of all speculations and activities, the official realized the intention of request Kim Jong Il had made a few days ago.
Telling that President Kim Il Sung always meets workers and peasants on his way to field guidance, Kim Jong Il explained… Whenever he meets the workers and peasants, the President asks them whether their children got new school uniforms and had any troubles with them. When he meets officials, the President acquaints himself with different problems of whether their factories run at full capacity and whether supply services are made properly and, in this course, he correctly grasps the people’s will and demand and the realities and apply them in the Party policies. Kim Jong Il stressed that the officials should follow the noble example set by the President and work in the way the President did.
His saying, made them keep the truth that the people’s will and demand are the absolute criterion of everything, indeed, is an eternal request made by Kim Jong Il who wanted the officials to further consolidate a harmonious whole of the Party and the popular masses.