Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: Episode 198
Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: A Selection of True Parents’ Speeches
Book 5: Absolute Values and New World Order
Speech 1: The Role of Unified Science in the Moral Orientation of the World, pg 700-704
Embodying love to resemble God
Then how can we create the spiritual reformation? For this we must set up a standard of goodness, and to determine goodness we must decide the center of love. This is because goodness is the practice of love. Then what can be the center of love?
It must be God, who is a unique, eternal and unchanging being existing since before the formation of the cosmos. Love is the flow of heart—that is, the outpouring of deepest heart.
Therefore, the essence of God is heart. This God is the unified being that is the fundamental cause of the cosmos dealt with in ontology. The formation of the cosmos by this fundamental cause is simply the creation of the cosmos by God.
Then how could God create the cosmos and human beings? God could do it because God has heart. Where there is heart, life appears; and where there is life, development and creation can take place. For creation, there must always be purpose. This is because heart directs toward purpose. The purpose of creation could only be joy, which fulfills the desire of heart. This joy comes when the creation, especially humanity, comes to resemble God. God’s goal of creation is to have human beings and the world of happiness, that is, the kingdom of heaven, reflecting the love and creativity of God, which relate to mind and matter respectively. We know this is true from the fact that humankind’s ideal is actually to realize such people and such a world.
The ideal is the world that was originally given to human beings as their home. The fact that people seek a joyful world as their ideal means a joyful world is the one God planned for them. Such a world reflects God’s love and creativity and thus becomes joyful.
Through our amazing scientific progress we have begun to take after God’s creative power but not yet His love. In order to take after His love, we must practice love and lead a life of goodness, because the practice of love is goodness itself. For the life of goodness, man ought to make God, who is the subject of love, the center of his standard of goodness. Since God is both the center and the essence of all things, His love is unchanging and everlasting, even though His creation, the phenomenal world, is transitory.
Therefore, when we take God as our standard of goodness, absolute value can be established, and then the eternal world of peace and happiness will be realized.
The world desired by God and humanity
Since the ideal world is the realization of God’s purpose of creation and is the world that reflects God, people always seek to have a harmonious and peaceful life filled with God’s love and also seek to improve their environment by continually creating new things.
Here creation does not mean mere production; rather, it includes all creative actions, such as originating new ideas, planning and improving as well as producing.
Since God is a unified being, human beings and societal life must also be unified. This means people must love while they live a creative life and must live a creative life while they love. Such people are unified people, and the world they live in is the unified world. As repeatedly mentioned, people have come to reflect God’s creativity through outstanding scientific progress yet so far have not learned His love. So this world is still filled with sorrow, pain and distress.
Since harmony is the essential nature of love, harmony cannot exist where there is no love. Likewise, peace and happiness cannot exist where there is no harmony. Thus, humankind’s present suffering continues because of the lack of love.
Therefore, it is natural that both God and humanity have been longing for the ideal life and world that would resemble God. In other words, the ideal human being sought by God and people’s original mind is a creative and good person practicing God-centered love. The ideal world is the world filled with creative actions to improve the environment and is one filled with love between individuals and between nations.
When this new type of person comes to live in this new, unified world, all the sorrows, pains and hostilities that have plagued humanity throughout history will be eliminated forever.
The direction for all humanity
Human beings and the world were originally supposed to have been good, resembling God’s nature, but to date humanity and the world have not realized their original nature. Therefore, to save humankind from distress and chaos, we have to restore the original state of human beings and the world and manifest it in our actual life. For this we have to find the absolute standard of goodness and practice the life of goodness. The standard of goodness is the center of love, which is God.
The fact that all humankind is struggling so hard to escape the reality of pain and chaos and is longing for peace and freedom shows that people’s original mind is seeking the standard of goodness and the center of love. To find the center of love and to establish the eternal world of happiness on earth is the universal desire of all humankind.
Now, I mentioned that the world both God and humanity desire is the unified world in which creativity and love are practiced. In this world the desire of both God and people will be fulfilled, but to practice love human beings must first find the center of love.
To practice love a norm must be set up, because a true life of love requires order. In a society where order has been destroyed, a life of love cannot be practiced in harmony. That is to say, a life of love needs order, and for order, norms are required. Norms are laws and principles that regulate people’s behavior, and these are embodied in morality and ethics. Therefore, to live a good life centered on love, humanity must set up sound morals and ethics and must practice them.
The morals and ethics that apply to the unified world must be clear and applicable to contemporary people. The reason past morals and ethics have been undermined lies partly in today’s tendency toward materialism. It also comes from the fact that the standards of value no longer satisfy the present expectation for reasonable answers. From this, the establishment of a new expression of morals and ethics based on the absolute standard of value becomes inevitable.
Establishing a completely unified world of goodness
Then how can this absolute standard of value be set up? It can come only from an elevated, unified system of thought that can unify all past philosophies and religious doctrines.
Each of the philosophies and religions of the past had their own views of value and ethics, with strong points that are still beneficial. However, people have for the most part left them behind, because they could not harmonize these views with the coming age. Therefore, to establish the absolute standard of value, we have to absorb the strong points of past views of value and develop new expressions that can meet the needs of contemporary society.
Thus, because the past views of value and ethics were based on the philosophies and religions of their respective ages, a new system—Unification Thought—has to appear, by which we can unify the past philosophies and religions.
When the new expression of morality and ethics emerges, based on the Unification Thought system, we will be able to create a unified world of goodness never seen before. We can create a moral orientation of goodness never seen before. The moral orientation of the world, then, which is the very theme of this conference, calls us to share this new expression of value with the world in order to build the new, unified world.
In conclusion, I’d like to say more about the role of Unified Science. First, I am very grateful to the organizers of Unified Science for their efforts to synthesize the subdivided knowledge of science. The divisive specialization of science, just like the dismantling of a machine, ultimately paralyzes the unitary functioning of the whole and keeps science from fulfilling its mission.
Unified Science should unite with Unification Thought
Here today, some pioneer scientists are systematically integrating and unifying the truths of past scientific discoveries into a new system of philosophical science. I think this is noteworthy, worthy of high praise. It corresponds to the historic emergence of a new system of Unified Thought that unifies past philosophies and religions and establishes a new view of value for the modern age. As I previously pointed out, the main mission of science is to improve humankind’s material life. I expect Unified Science will contribute with a new effectiveness to that end.
However, just as an original person is a unified being of spirit and body, true social life unites both the spiritual and material, and the ideal world unites love and creative action. Therefore, the true world of happiness cannot be realized by the improvement of material life alone. By this we can come to the conclusion that Unified Science has to unite with Unification Thought in order to accomplish its mission.
When this unification is accomplished, the long-standing problem of uniting science and religion will be resolved and finally the unified world of prosperity, happiness and goodness will be established. The outdated systems and ways of thinking will pass away, and the ideal, unified world with new-age systems and ways of thinking will be established on earth.