Speeches of Hyo Jin Moon: Episode 55

Speeches of Hyo Jin Moon 2006-2008
Delivered Sunday at Belvedere Estate in Tarrytown, New York
Hyo Jin Moon Speaks on Repentance, Page 211

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Do you think people want to be a prostitute?  Do you think people want to be a junkie? Do you think people want to be a criminal? Do you think people want to be a con artist? No, but they do it for all sorts of reasons.

So, there is nobody like that among the young people in this room, so at least that is a pride you can point out. You have to be real. Balance your reality, your physical self, your mind status, and your spiritual awareness. If you have a family situation where you can exchange with your folks, by all means take that opportunity, because you're lucky if you can have that. I don't think that there are any parents who, if they have the ideal scenario like that, would let that kind of opportunity go to waste.

(From now until the end of the speech, Hyo Jin nim was very emotional and often in tears. There were several long emotional pauses.)

Please be aware of your situation. Please be aware of your reality. Know what it offers. Always measure yourself. If you want to grow you have to have balance so you have to know the extremes. As you grow the extremes will only get bigger. It will constantly expand—you have to grow into it. The stupid thing about arrogance is that you think when you reach some kind of level that you're in control. You have some kind of sick sense of superiority. It doesn't work like that.

When you try to think about it, even when you appreciate rock music, you have to get to a point where you really appreciate it. If you just use music as sonic jambalaya that gives you a hoopla for parties sake, that is actually defeating the property of music in itself. Do you know that?

You have to have a different agenda if you are into music. You are just into chattering and socializing, but you want that atmosphere because you are so young and you are so physical, and it's all physical stuff. Because the age factor, it is primarily important, blah, blah, blah. You can give that primary excuse that everybody will, to a point, understand and accept, because that's the way it is, to a point.

But beyond that, it's nonsense. It is not even music. Any monkey can make that. That's why monkeys do. It's not funny.

Anyway, I'm sorry. The reason why I brought up this is because this is not my audience. That is about it. I don't want to talk about this stuff. It has nothing to do with why I am here. It's for the little kids. Before we talk to our kids we have to question ourselves as parents. You have to be responsible. Yeah, I did wrong. No excuses. Did I love my kids? I'd even go to hell for them. It's easy when I take all the responsibility, blame. I'll pay for it until they come back.

So, in America I have a different kind of justice because I'm Reverend Moon's son. That's absolutely unique. Anyway, God will judge. Please, please, please. You don't know me that well. Since you're in this room and I see a response, I'm just reacting. I react to things to a point. Today just happens to be one of those days. It's okay. I'm just responding to you. You will see who wins in the end. You'd better know what you do. You have to be willing to go a long ways through all sorts of difficult crap and suffering. You can't get away that easy. Some things you just don't want to mess with. Hey, do you think I like living— ... All I'm here for is for sharing. I'll do what I do.

Homogeneity is about the closest thing we have to monarchy, because there is no such thing as a pure monarchy in today's political situation. Conservatism is a little closer than liberalism. America's standing is very young. Liberalism is the opposite because it's an adversarial system. The point is that something tries to hold on to boundaries, and then something else will try to do away with boundaries. That's the problem. That's what we have to deal with. That's the kind of work that has to be done in Democratic free society, especially in a developed nation.

That's why repentance is very important. You have to make sure that the politicians don't get lazy. It doesn't matter whether you're a Democrat or Republican. In homogenous countries like Korea and Japan there are many political parties, but if you screw up, you pay. Everybody is after you. Why? Because it is a homogenous society.

When you are dealing with all sorts of different races and cultures, it is very difficult. That's why certain basic principles are very important. We have to master those. We have to project those. We have to make that better, not just in terms of presentation, but in reality.

You can't make a living with just words. It's body, mind and spirit. You are going to be judged one day. I believe in God. I might not believe in you or I might not believe in anything else—I might not even believe in me, but I believe in God.

Sometimes I don't know how I'm going to do what I have to do, where I have to start. I just have to figure it out. That's how I start.

Nonetheless, in the end, you have to prove it. If you expect things to be easy it means you got caught up in this lie. That is why in the end, even in the rich nations, marriages end up divorced. If you think you are the best but you're just lazy then you are corrupted. You don't know your own limitations. You think of awesome things and expect the best in every way—the “I'm American” crap, and in the end it all comes crashing down.

If you want something to last, you'd better know what you're asking for. Isn't that obvious even when you buy a used car, don't you want to ask basic questions and have knowledge before going ahead with the purchase?

I'm just talking about secular things, but if you think about ideal things then you'd better understand the basic things because the basic things are important. That's reality. How much you want to do is up to you. You can always enjoy the security of your boundaries. Boundaries are secure. If you can protect your boundaries you have security. If you try to expand them you're asking for trouble. There's risk involved, uncertainty. But how far are you willing to go, in what way, for what reason. Because every time you skip a generation you go into that basic premise.

You need to question yourself. I know that's the way—I know that is reality, but how far are the people on top willing to go? If you want to do something there is a basic principle. Just ask yourself, "Am I willing to die for this?" It's nobody else's business but mine.

That's always why I ask you to think about dying more than living. Living is easy because you're already breathing. You're living right now. It's easy for you. Dying is important. Dying well is harder, reaching perfection is much more hard. With living, you take for granted just sitting there while you breathe and eat and think what you want because you are allowed to at this point in time. You get comfortable with this and the same thing happens and you want to take it to the next level and the next level and the next level. What level are we talking about?

You can say that New Yorkers are jaded and sophisticated but they aren't going to change the world. They live in the capitol of capitalism—in the end, nobody takes them seriously. They aren't going to change the world. It's just about them. Familiarity gives you some kind of confidence, but you have to understand that confidence can be a double-edged sword. In what way are you confident? Anyway, okay. So, I need to repent. There's always room to repent. I need to repent because I didn't intend to be like this today.

For whatever it's worth, if this helps you, nobody is ever going to do this to you again, maybe your mommy or something. Let's just be happy because I believe that it's doable. I do. I do. It is doable. We just have to do it step by step. We've just got to in reality. We have to have it in reality. We need it in reality. We need more of it. Hey! It's not too late right? You don't want to think it's too late right? 

Do you want this to go on? Do you want me to come every Sunday? How long? Give me the days. How long do you see that being? You give me a time and I'll do it. Whatever. How long? That's what I'm asking.

(One sister says, "Forever.") (Laughter.) I'll be here as long as you need me. If you don't need me just tell me so and I'll disappear. I'll be more than happy to disappear. Take care of yourselves. Okay.

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