Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: Episode 305
Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: A Selection of True Parents’ Speeches
Book 7: The World of the Culture of Heart
Speech 20: Event to Mark the Distribution of Fifty Thousand Copies of Father’s Autobiography, pg 1129-1131
Event to Mark the Distribution of Fifty Thousand Copies of Father’s Autobiography
March 5, 2011
Caesars Palace Hotel, Las Vegas, USA
Congratulatory event for the distribution of Father’s autobiography
Respected leaders from around the world, distinguished guests from home and abroad, ladies and gentlemen:
My family and I welcome you and sincerely thank you for gracing this assembly to commemorate the successful local distribution of fifty thousand copies of my autobiography, As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen. Your coming here despite your busy schedules has made today’s event a great success.
The oceans are a repository of resources
Ladies and gentlemen, humanity is struggling with more problems than it has ever had to deal with before. Among the 6.5 billion people in the world, more than 900 million are suffering from malnutrition at this very moment. On average, every six seconds a young child dies of malnutrition. The United Nations proclaimed that by the end of 2015 it would reduce the number of people going hungry. Yet the output of corn and other crops has been affected by climate change, and experts predict that the number of people going hungry is going to double by the year 2020.
What measures can we take to address and resolve the serious problem of starvation? The answer lies in the ocean, which is a treasure-store of renewable resources covering three-quarters of the earth. Our planet Earth is dying due to pollution of every kind, however, amid the depletion of resources, the ocean is a goldmine filled with raw materials that will revive this planet. In it we find the promise of a bright future for humankind.
For more than fifty years, since the 1960s, I have been investing in ocean industries and developing marine-related technology, for the purpose of freeing humankind from hunger. In the 1980s I built the Good-Go boats as a step forward for ocean industries in the United States and around the world. In the 1990s I invested in the ocean industry in South America, especially in Brazil and Uruguay, and created a marine network connecting fifty-two nations.
On that foundation, since the year 2000 I have been developing the city of Yeosu, situated on the southern coast of Korea, and Hawaii, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, to become hubs for the ocean industry in the Pacific Rim era. I am now expediting preparations in Yeosu. Based on the foundation I laid there, it was selected as the host city for Expo 2012.
Next, on February 17, 2011 at an event for leaders from around the world, I introduced the Negative N. C. Resin Mold boat construction method that I devised. I held a launching ceremony for the boat Cheon Jeong Ho, which was built using this new technology.
Recently I have been appraising possibilities for the fresh water resources at the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, as well as the beautiful scenic spots in the surrounding area such as the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon and Sedona, Arizona. I consider these to be part of the Pacific Rim. I would love to make this area into the largest and greatest tourist and leisure location in America and even the world. By preserving its natural environment, which God gave to humankind as a blessing, I am working to make this area a paradise on earth for future generations, a place where they can feel gratitude and joy.
Ladies and gentlemen, throughout my life I have taught living for the sake of others as the way to practice the true love of God. I have continuously made effort to promote the welfare and peace of the people of the world, through the ocean industry and in a diverse array of fields.
The turbulent ninety-two years of my life
On three occasions in the year 2010, which was last year, I held the “Cosmic Assembly for the Settlement of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind who, as God’s Embodiments, Proclaim the Word.” These occasions took place in New York, Las Vegas and, lastly, Korea. I am 91 years old this year, yet I have not ceased my efforts. I continue to stand at the forefront of bringing about peace for all humankind. In March of last year, after the death of General Alexander Haig, I explained to the world the significance of the Seunghwa Ceremony, a ceremony that prepares a welcoming path into eternal life as we depart our life on earth.
I believe that all of you gathered here today may have read my autobiography, As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen. Since its publication in early 2009 in Korea, it has been a bestseller, and it continues to be loved by Korean people. It is in the process of being translated into 43 languages, including English, French, Spanish and Japanese.
I received God’s seal at the time of my birth and have been running forward for the past 91 years. Throughout my turbulent life, I could not even imagine living for myself. Above me was God, whom I needed to liberate, and around me were my fellow human beings, all of whom needed salvation from Satan’s dominion of evil and sin. Awake or asleep, I could never forget that this was my mission, which I had dedicated my life to fulfill. Since I began it, more than ninety years have passed.
My work to build a peaceful world rooted in God’s love, both in the spirit world and in the physical world, has taken me across the five oceans and six continents. I am probably at the age when I ought to retire and enjoy the rest of my life in peace. However, I have never once deviated in my course to realize God’s Will, and there is still much to do. I cannot simply depart for heaven, neglecting the victims of crime, starvation and disease. I have established an extensive global training program to enable the ideal of the true family to take root. It is based on my teachings, as expressed in my autobiography and in the Eight Great Textbooks that I am bequeathing to the people of the world as part of my last will and testament. This responsibility belongs to my wife and me in our capacity as the True Parents of humankind.