One and All

Evident in every part of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that is advancing towards a fresh victory in socialist construction is a slogan, which reads, “One for all and all for one!”

This slogan was advanced by President Kim Il Sung in the late 1950s, a historic period when the difficult task of transforming the old relations of production on the socialist lines had been carried out with success and the socialist system established in the country.

In February Juche 48 (1959) while giving on-site guidance at the then Kangson Steel Plant, Kim Il Sung kindled the flames of winning the title of Chollima Workteam. He said that the participants in the movement should turn their workteams into collectives whose members work, learn and live in a revolutionary way while helping and leading one another forward and remould the laggards into progressives and the passivists into activists under the slogan of “One for all and all for one!”

Under the slogan, an excavator workteam at the Ryongyang Mine yielded their working places with good working conditions eight times to other workteams which were lagging behind, but overfulfilled their national economic plans. Kil Hwak Sil, a workteam leader of the then Pyongyang Silk Mill turned hers into a Chollima Workteam and then voluntarily took charge of other workteam after another, leading them to win the title of the Chollima Workteam; she was thus awarded three Chollima badges. In doing so, they did not expect their comfort or fame but the interests of the collectives and their members; what prevailed in their life was noble patriotism and communist morality.

Over half a century has passed since then, their laudable human feelings and ennobling virtue still live in the hearts of the Korean people, and the history of their communist deeds goes on.

Labour Hero Chang Jae Ryong, general manager of the Osoksan Granite Mine, says: I feel happy with the normalized production at my mine, but what makes me happier is the warm human feelings and good deeds between officials and workers, between workteams and workshops and among neighbours in the mine village; if harmony and unity are achieved, innovation is made in production; otherwise, production goes down; when each of all is added, it becomes all, and when this all is united by the bonds of purpose and human feelings, it makes “we”; what a good truth this is!

The trait of one member of a collective doing things for the good of all its members is not confined to a few persons or units, but it has turned into a mass movement aspired to, loved and applied by all. And the trait of all members of a collective doing good things for each of its members is being displayed in all parts of the country, including factories, rural villages, construction sites, provinces, counties and neighbourhood units.

The Korean people advance on the strength of the collective, sharing purposes, wills and feelings, leading the laggards forward, helping with sincerity those experiencing difficulties and bringing the ignorant to their consciousness.

Cherishing loyalty to the Workers’ Party of Korea and the revolution, devotion to their fellow people, respect to their comrades and sincerity to their jobs and giving priority to the interests of their country, they are bringing about collective, collaborative innovations.

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