Man should not only hold fast to the principle of independence but apply creative method to his activities in order to successfully carve out his destiny.
Chairman Kim Jong Il said:
"To apply the creative method to solve all problems arising in the revolution and construction in conformity with the actual conditions by relying on the creativity of people - this is the principle one should always strictly adhere in the revolutionary movement."
Since man is a creative being and the social movement for shaping destiny of human beings assumes creative character, destiny control without creation is inconceivable. Man who wants to realize his aspirations and demand for independence can successfully shape his destiny only by the creative method of enhancing and positively enlisting his creativity and constantly transforming nature and society to meet the specific conditions.
The creative method is the way of relying on the people in possession of inexhaustible creative ability and the way of solving all problems creatively in conformity with the actual situation by taking into account the specific circumstances under which creation takes place.
In order to carve out one's destiny and the destiny of one's country and nation, it is necessary to strictly rely on the masses of the people possessing inexhaustible creative ability. The popular masses are a decisive force propelling social progress and only when one relies on them strictly and enlists their creativity can one wage a dynamic struggle for destiny control. Whatever outstanding talent and ability an individual has, they are no match for the strength of the masses. It is not an individual but the popular masses. It is not an individual but the popular masses who possess in a comprehensive way all knowledge and experience accumulated by humankind through the struggle for carving out destiny in the long historical period.
When one relies on the popular masses and enlists their creative wisdom and strength there is nothing to be afraid of in the world. The truth is proved by the battle to defend the guerrilla base in Xiowangqing that adorned a glorious page in the annals of the anti-Japanese armed struggle waged by the Korean people.
At that time the Japanese imperialists who occupied Manchuria were trying frantically to invade the Chinese mainland. They regarded the guerrilla base as a thorn in their flesh and made desperate efforts to wipe out the strategic stronghold for the Korean revolution in its incipiency by mobilizing thousands of seasoned troops and modern military hardware including guns and warplanes. But the base was being defended by guerrillas with the strength of a company armed with rifles.
Under the circumstances, Kim Il Sung, the then commander of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army, who had confidence in the strength of the people, went among the people in the guerrilla base. An old man whom he met volunteered to become a soldier under his command, making a meaningful remark that all the residents in the guerrilla zone should turn out as one in the fight to defend it. The Commander drew fresh courage and energy from what the old man had said and he was convinced that when the people are determined to fight they can emerge victorious and victory in a war depends on the will of the people and on how to mobilize them.
Afterwards, he inspired all residents, men and women, young and old, to turn the guerrilla base into an impregnable fortress and defeated Japanese troops by applying ever-changing tactics based on the creativity of the people, thus winning victory in the defence of the base.
In order to carve out one's destiny and the destiny of one's country and nation by the creative method, it is also necessary to solve all problems in conformity with one's own actual conditions. As each country is in different circumstances there is no universal solution applicable to all nations in shaping their destiny.
Each nation, as the master of its own destiny, should not apply any established theories and the experience of other countries in a dogmatic manner, but find out their own style and methods to meet their actual conditions and strictly apply them so as to push ahead with social progress. Not all theories and experience of a country that started revolution ahead of others or a big country are always right and applicable in all cases in other countries.
The creative method is to find solutions of one's own that suit one's actual realities, always starting from the specific conditions and settings, and, when introducing other's experience, adopt it by tailoring it to meet one's own needs. It is just like eating national food mainly, while swallowing what is savoury and spitting out what is unsavoury when taking foreign food.
The confusion that occurred over the power issue in the guerrilla base during the above-said anti-Japanese war of the Korean people and the process of saving the situation clearly prove the perilous effects of flunkeyism and dogmatism on carving out the people's destiny and teach all problems should be solved in line with one's specific conditions.
Left opportunists had established the Soviet government in the guerrilla base by mechanically copying the policy of the former Soviet Union. The flunkeyists and dogmatists abolished private ownership, communized all the property owned by individuals, ranging from land to food and even such farming tools like sickle, hoe and fork, and set up the order of communal life, communal labour and communal distribution under the ultra-left slogan of the immediate establishment of socialism in disregard of the level of social development of Korea and the sentiment of the people.
The left Soviet policy caused vacillation and confusion and many families fled to enemy-controlled areas, dissatisfied with the policy. The panic was attributable to the flunkeyists and dogmatists who disregarded the specific conditions of their country.
The serious situation was saved by Kim Il Sung as he put forward the unique line on the people's revolutionary government in keeping with the specific conditions and developments of the Korean revolution and put an end to the reckless acts of the ultra-leftists.
During the Fatherland Liberation War of the Korean people against the armed invasion of the US imperialists President Kim Il Sung said that the Koreans should fight with their own tactics, not with those of other country, like the Koreans use chopsticks and spoon to eat food, whereas foreigners use fork and knife, and achieved brilliant victory in the war by creating and applying numerous original tactics, thus bringing about the beginning of a downhill turn for US imperialists.
At present the imperialists are pressing the Western values on developing countries while clamouring that the countries that do not jump on the bandwagon of global "integration" will remain backward and poverty-stricken forever. Being duped by their propaganda and succumbing to their pressure, a lot of countries introduced the Western-style "democracy" in disregard of their actual conditions and have been caught up in the whirlwind of "globalization". As a result, conflicts and disputes between countries, nations and ethnic groups over border and territorial issues are taking place explosively in different parts of the world. The countries have plunged into political chaos and the people have been reduced to refugees. The reality proves that the creative method of thinking about solving all the problems in a creative way in keeping with the specific conditions is a secret of success in shaping the destiny of the popular masses, country and nation.