Speeches of Hyo Jin Moon: Episode 47

Speeches of Hyo Jin Moon 2006-2008
Delivered Sunday at Belvedere Estate in Tarrytown, New York
Hyo Jin Moon Speaks on Building the Kingdom of Heaven, Page 183

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America is a very important place because it will allow us to compete and prove that we can win—to show we're better than the other guy. Through our actions we can do it. The reason we can do it in America is because of the equality stuff. It's not just based on a few people that winning comes. It's about raising the standard of all. That represents who we are. If we have to deal with religion, we should know more about all sorts of different religions even than the followers of any other religion. In general, you should focus on making sure that what you are trying to say becomes real. After that, the next thing is controlling material wealth. We need to know whatever ideas that are out there. We should have access to the people who are in charge of doing something for the good of the people in general. Go out and get as many ideas as possible and give them out. How to invest in this, how the stock market that, starting from that, there are so many things that you can do.

Give people understanding of the things we take for granted. Most people don't even care. We should care. We should know about everything, whatever is its inner principles. If you have access to that stuff, you can make your own decisions. If they can do it, you can do it, because you understand the basics of their world. Sometimes you're hesitant, kind of shy, whatever. It doesn't matter, stick together. Create a group so you can divide your risk. We have to actually be effective at something so we can take care of ourselves, our physical needs, our intellectual needs. And based on that, whatever spirit says that God is willing to offer us, it is going to happen. Only then, the meaning will be true. Only then can you really digest and interpret that experience—the ways it will benefit you to take the next step.

You can help others. It's important to know how to take care of yourself regardless of what happens and I think that is the duty of the church to do that. Otherwise, it is just words and nobody likes to listen to empty words.

You have to take responsibility. Even on a secular human level, at least we want justice. But what if we talk beyond that and think about idealism, the original stuff? Would the original stuff deal with right or wrong? If I cause something, if I'm willing to die for an idea, I will do my best to make it back to what it was originally supposed to be, no matter how difficult it is.

But if I did something wrong, well then everybody has a responsibility, but because of what I did, all my brothers and sisters went their own way—do I want justice or do I want the ideal, if I truly care about the family and my father and mother? What would you do? What is the ideal?

I know what is ideal. Ideal is keeping your family, staying together, no matter how difficult, you have to try, and I'll try at least. Because in the end, what you have to try to do is do your best to become what you think God represents, what God is to you. That is the best you can offer. That is the best you can do. That is the greatest control that you can show to God, to the world and to your posterity.

You get a traffic ticket, you have to go to court, you get instant judgment. In the secular world or in a theocracy, justice has to be practical. It has to be efficient. It gets served like fast food. There are a lot of people involved, a lot of people who make mistakes. This is part of learning a lesson, because we all have to learn something to become better, but idealism is the ultimate law. That's why it's so difficult. A lot of people have cynicism because of the actual reality of the history of religion. The actions people have committed, the actual trials and tribulations are real and undeniable. Some people feel it more than others, but we all do to some degree, and it's real. That's why this kind of cynicism comes to the religious kind—absolute stuff.

Someday, people can change. We all have limitations but ask God, right? That's where idealism comes from, understanding that. That's why we need to learn from our limitations. I don't mind sharing mine with you if it helps you. Why should you hide yours from me when it could help me? So, unless we can give and take in all the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, we'll never be completely liberated­, right?

To me, that's a kind of mystical story, but in a sense, it's true. I can understand what the old folks were saying. The less that you can deal with that in reality—subject and object relationship—because that's how it works to create order. From that you build love. That's how you create an ideal world. You truly care about relationships no matter what. If you can build that, it doesn't matter what kind of misery, what kind of crazy stuff, chaos too, you will never forget, you will never let that go. That kind of relationship always has a place and time. It will be timeless. It only takes a thought to get there, and you'll be right back to where you started, back to how it was. You will die someday. Think about what you will leave behind.

 I'll try to do as much as we can. I'll just pump it out to you and we'll get into that stuff too, more physical stuff, more realistic material stuff—information—because we've got nothing better to do. (Laughter.)

Working together means a lot in America. We need to win here or it will be more difficult. Father is preparing for his dying and stuff. He has to do a lot of conditions but the church is not catching up. That's why it creates distance because people can't understand it. Some of you have a hard time understanding it, then how the heck can outside people who don't know anything about us understand stuff? It's crazy stuff, if you believe all that's happening.                  

It doesn't work like that. To make sense to teenagers you have to have an impact on them, never mind people with accomplishments and pride. To build the kingdom, how are you going to achieve that? We have to raise ourselves. All of us have to know who we are, and know all the other people around you. That's the first step. That's the first right step we should take. We have to know everything about other people's religion. The fastest way to get it out, no matter what it is,­ that's the way we should do it.

First things first, we're a religious organization. Let's worry about big steps afterwards. Step-by-step.

Any questions that you want to ask me? I'll take a few questions. No questions?

Good. (Laughter.) See you later.

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