Illusions are worth shattering when they involve cruelty. It comes as a shock to many to learn that hundreds of thousands of pigeons are tossed into the air even when storms are predicted along their flight paths, and the fact that many will perish is well known to the racers.
North Korea is ruled by the only dictatorship in the world that is both a dynasty and, in its own propaganda, a deity. If you worship anything other than the Kim family, you end up in one of the prison camps, or kwan-li-so.
The grim collection of shacks I visited are home to some of Europe's so-called 'tomato slaves' - mostly migrants from impoverished west African nations, a few from Eastern Europe - trying to scratch a living harvesting the region's abundant tomato crop.