Cham Bumo Gyeong: Episode 289
Cham Bumo Gyeong
Book 10: Preparing the Ideal Environment Centering on the Providence of the Ocean and Latin America
Chapter 2: The Ocean Providence and Development of Marine Resources
Section 7: Las Vegas and Hoover Dam, A city of peace
Section 7: Las Vegas and Hoover Dam, Paragraph 11
Section 7. Las Vegas and Hoover Dam
A city of peace
True Parents believe that transforming Las Vegas from a city of gambling and self-indulgence into a city of goodness in both image and substance would contribute to the restoration of the world. They toured the region from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Las Vegas, and set conditions in order to restore and offer the area to heaven. Although the city of Las Vegas is a famous symbol of sin, True Parents invested in this city. They did so in order to transform it into a stronghold for a healthy, God-centered hobby industry, an important location from which to restore the United States and the world.
1 You do not need to wear a watch in Las Vegas because the city is always lit up and active, 24 hours a day. If you go to Las Vegas, you are certain to lose 80 percent of your money. It is in the proximity of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Los Angeles. Las Vegas has become a kingdom of promiscuity, so how can we create the kingdom of heaven if we leave this place as it is? The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas and Los Angeles shape the mainstream of American culture. Satan has a hold on this place, which constitutes the underlying culture of America. We must recover this entire area.
2 We cannot achieve a world of peace unless we prevail over the pleasure industries that cover the area from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. I have decided to embrace this city with the purpose of turning it around 180 degrees, in order to take a completely different direction. A global campaign is possible because God is behind it. If all of you share this conviction, you can develop all our activities here. Hobby industries relate to pleasure industries. Unless we embrace all of this we cannot create the kingdom of heaven. The issue is how humankind will liberate this world. Only the Unification Church holds the answer. We must be involved in these things.
3 The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Las Vegas are three sites that exemplify the United States' power as the leading nation of the world. In all God's creation, there is no place like the Grand Canyon. Hoover Dam, developed through human labor, was made to allow all races to come and live here. Las Vegas is a city created in the middle of the desert, adjacent to the Hoover Dam. It is like a warehouse where the proud talent of the world gathers. Los Angeles has schools for actors; it is a stronghold known for creating new culture. In the Last Days anyone who does not know about these places will not understand about the new culture and era for pioneering. From now the culture of the heavenly nation will connect to this region.
4 Las Vegas is currently the center of popular culture, but if Hoover Dam had never been built, this area would have no water or food; it would have remained a desert. Because Hoover Dam was built, seven states are supplied with drinking water. Hoover Dam was built to last for 100 years. It was created to provide potable water and electricity. The Rocky Mountains, where we find the headwaters of the Colorado River, is a dangerous place with water flowing through deep ravines. The surrounding states have become fertile land. These cultural centers in the southwest were created based on the generous electrical output generated by Hoover Dam. People came up with the idea to bring everything together in Las Vegas. They thought, "Let's create a venue for culture, encompassing all aspects of the human environment in one location." Religion should now position itself here and exert its influence. We must revive this city.
5 You cannot know whether the US culture is on the road to ruin or prosperity without fully understanding Los Angeles, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Las Vegas. People who will prosper can be found behind those headed toward ruin, and those headed toward ruin can be found behind those who are going to prosper. The two types are in a Cain-Abel relationship. We need to eradicate whatever is Cain-like. We should create billboards advocating absolute sexual fidelity, and should bar lascivious people who focus on wine, women and gambling. I tell you that we should promote healthy hobby industry organizations. The money flowing into this place does not come from the United States alone. Money from around the world secretly flows here from the bottom and moves up to the top. This place is influenced by evil forces that can ruin the world; we cannot leave things as they are.
6 Las Vegas is a stronghold for forces that are ruining America. If we can grab Las Vegas by the neck and transform it into a heavenly institution, the kingdom of peace will blossom from here. A base from which the flower of providence blooms will emerge out of the source of corruption. I have studied Las Vegas and Los Angeles for 20 years. I know completely what is bad in these places. When I get involved, I will put things in order. Once I uncovered the reality, I had to deal with it.
The purpose of profit
An enormous amount of money flows through Las Vegas. True Parents plan to transform Las Vegas into a sound and wholesome place centered on God, and use the immense amount of economic profit generated there for the education of talented people in poor countries, and for projects focused on relieving hunger. They also invested in raising leaders who can implement these plans. True Parents purchased a building in Las Vegas as a providential base and named it Cheon Hwa Gung.
7 I know all too well how evil Los Angeles and Las Vegas are. Las Vegas is the landing pad of the kingdom of lust, and it must be defeated. To defeat it, you have to go to the casino and dominate it like a king. If you are ignorant, you will be deceived when you go into this promiscuous world. The mafia always has you on camera; they have set up an environment to prevent anyone from taking advantage of them. We have to dominate this environment and use half its profits to educate the children of the Cain-type world and the other half to convert it into a stronghold for peace that can save the 20 million people in the world who starve to death each year. This will establish a foundation to support God's Will in this land.
8 I will have you participate in a fundraising campaign at the United Nations. You will raise funds from wealthy people. You should calculate how many rich people there are in Korea and the average value of their assets. Then you can encourage them to contribute accordingly. We will use half of that money to educate the children of the Cain-type world who are living in difficult circumstances. We will use the other half to save the 20 million people who live as refugees and are dying of starvation.
For this purpose, heaven seeks to elevate the moral and ethical standards of the gambling places and casinos of the world, including Las Vegas. We will give the owners only the interest, and use half of the profits to educate the poor of the Cain-type world. We should provide educational opportunities to highly-gifted people beyond the barriers of race and nation, so that they can perfect their innate talents in the coming age. I am interested in Las Vegas on behalf of the 20 million people worldwide who suffer from malnutrition.
9 I cannot take responsibility for the world all by myself, but if I can gather people and train them to become leaders, together we will be able to take responsibility. Wherever I go, as long as I stand in a subject position, I can select like-minded people from the world, and embrace and guide them. I can create many methods for doing this. You still have not attained this ability, so I plan to convene a special education program for you again. Once I train people in the west, focusing on the four main cities, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, I will have them gain leadership experience in the tourism and leisure industries. I will train them while taking them to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. Once this is done, they will become influential people, second to none in the world. This is what you will become if I train you. There is nothing you will not be able to do.
10 I bought a house in Las Vegas and named it Cheon Hwa Gung, the heavenly palace of harmony. The Chinese character hwa (和) means "harmony." It consists of two characters, hwa (禾) meaning "rice" and gu (口) meaning "mouth." As these characters imply, we should provide meals for those who come to this palace and cannot afford to eat three meals a day. Those who want to pay money can do so; those who do not wish to pay need not do so, but they may eat before they go.
11 The issue is how to connect the leisure industry in Las Vegas with Asia. In my travels, I stop here to think about how to connect this place with the development of Asia. I contemplate how to renew this place so it can become an attraction for the Asian tourism industry. No one thought of this. People of the world think that everything here is part of an ephemeral culture that is going to disappear, but they should not think like that.
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