REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
ROAD TOWARD THE IDEAL
September 7, 1986
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
As human beings, we do not exist separately. For example, where
there is a man there should also be a woman; both are dependent
upon each other. When there are children, there are parents; they
are also dependent upon each other. Surrounding them are the rest
of the relatives-brothers, sisters and so forth.
Furthermore, human beings are surrounded by an environment,
which includes other existence's such as animals and the things of
nature-the trees, rivers, mountains and so forth. All these things
are a part of our surroundings. We can divide the things of nature
into three different kingdoms-mineral, vegetable, and animal. All
those are the visible surroundings for humankind. However, there
are also invisible surroundings, the phenomena of the spiritual
When we observe all of these things, we must come to question
where they came from. There must be an origin or some root of all
the natural phenomena surrounding us. Since we exist in this moment,
we must be the result of some process or original motivation. The
problem we humans face is that we are still groping for that origin;
we are not yet sure of our own source.
There is a basic conflict between those who say that the origin
of the entire universe is manner, or material, and others who say
that there is something other than material, something invisible.
They say that an invisible world of mind and spirit exists. The
conflict between these two schools of thought has not yet been
My teaching has always been that there is an origin of the
entire universe, and that is God. God exists and God causes everything
to exist; from Him, everything started to happen. There is a certain
orderliness built in to our existence; all things exist in an
orderly and purposeful fashion.
If the universe were nothing more than matter in random motion,
then how could we expect any real order within this universe? It
is impossible. What about the human mind? Why does it function in
a certain way, according to certain principles? When we consider
all these things, how could we even imagine that matter is the
ultimate origin of this universe?
When we examine ourselves as men and women, we see that we have
two distinct aspects-the internal and the external. It is most
important that these two aspects of human beings-mind and body-exist
in cooperation with one another. Once we lose harmony between mind
and body, there is disunity, confrontation and contradiction.
Then the problem arises: what kind of harmony do we need? Where
does harmony come from? Is it from the outside to the inside, from
upper to lower, or lower to upper? How can harmony be achieved?
The ideal of harmony exists in all directions-between left and
right, up and down. between inside and outside. Harmony in all
directions is the ideal.
There must be a certain cause or pulling factor, some purposeful
origin; otherwise, harmony and unity could not be possible because
there would be no central rallying point. Again we come to this
absolute: there must be a center that can serve as the rallying
point to engender the purpose. That purpose will bring all directions
into a certain harmony.
We cannot deny the fact that before men and women ever came
into existence, there must have been something which existed prior
to them. There must have been some motion or motivation which
preceded and engendered the existence of human beings. When they
are first born, men have absolutely no idea that women exist;
likewise, there is no understanding on the part of women that men
exist. There is some greater cause which already determined,
"There should be both men and women; they should be harmonized
in a certain way."
Man is born and he goes in a certain direction, following what
may seem to be a labyrinth; but there is actually an overall
direction to his growth. You are constantly being guided by a
certain power to move in a certain way. What do you think-do we
continually move toward improving ourselves or worsening ourselves?
Why are men and women always trying to move toward something better,
something improved? Why do we not seek to move toward bad things,
such as accidents and disasters? There is some built-in mechanism-we
might call it a homing device-which guides us toward betterment
and improvement. There must be some guiding will which is outside
I am in a difficult situation: if I talk in Korean translated
into English, many Japanese members do not understand. But if I
talk in Japanese and it is translated into English, many Korean
members do not understand. Completely difficult! What shall I do?
So now, I ask you Japanese members: what language do you want me
to speak? Japanese, Korean, or English? How about spiritual language?
The language barrier is one of the most difficult problems in the
world. How can we solve this historical problem? We have to resolve
I think about who will be able to solve this problem. The power
of science and technology cannot do it, neither can government
power. The only power that can do it is religious power. You have
to know that. Therefore, I am always saying to you, "We have
to unify the language. We have to shatter the language barrier."
Do you understand?
I have decided to speak Korean today; that's the mother tongue,
after all. Furthermore, you Japanese members here in America must
learn English. Turning back to the original subject, let us ask:
What is the ideal? The most important description of the ideal is
this: it cannot exist alone, all by itself. Take your eyes as an
example. You have two eyes that work together to achieve one focus.
There is only one focus; you don't see two images. Why does the
eye focus automatically? Before each eye ever existed, a concept
or a design blueprint existed. The ability to focus didn't come to
exist after the eye was created; it was part of the original plan
for the eye. The eye was designed in a certain way to fulfill its
purpose of proper focus.
The ideal of the eye requires that two points work together in
harmony and unite with a third point. Actually, we see only the
third point but there is also a fourth point which is invisible.
It is within your brain; that is what engenders the ability to
focus. The two eyes work together and unite with that third point,
but there is a certain cause that makes it happen, so there are
actually four points.
When you look at your eye, you can see that it has a rounded
shape, not sharp, or pointed toward the sides or up and down. Why
is that? Roundness is the best shape to enable easy harmony. Look
at your mouth and lips; there are no sharp edges there. You have
two nostrils in your nose but they come together at the top and
become just one tube.
The English language is so limited in its adjectives. You don't
have a word like "wonma." "Won" means round
and "ma" means full. One word connotes roundness, richness
and fullness. But there is no one English word to equal the meaning
of that beautiful Korean word. You have such a poor language!
People today talk about evolution as a fact; they believe that
everything in existence has evolved. But we must ask whether that
process of evolution just happened spontaneously, or whether there
was some cause or motivation behind it which allowed it to happen.
What about the movement of evolution? Was it along a straight line
or in a circle? That is the kind of question we should ask. Evolution
must be moving according to a certain order or discipline and that
discipline could be along a straight line or a circular line. But
then, could evolution itself determine whether to move straight or
in a circle? How about going up and down? There must be a certain
will which determines that.
If some life form moved up from a lower level, there had to be
something that caused it to develop into a higher form of life.
Who determined that it should move up to a higher level? We might
ask this question of Charles Darwin, the author of the evolutionary
theory: "How could certain forms of life develop into more
sophisticated forms? Why didn't they go in the other direction
toward a more primitive form? Mr. Darwin, did you order that those
life forms should go higher? Are you God?"
Small beings always unite and become absorbed by larger beings.
Why do they do that? Why should they bring themselves together into
harmony? Why should one atom move together and unite with other
atoms, forming more complex elements? Why don't atoms go the other
way and become smaller and smaller, getting shattered into pieces?
That doesn't happen. The logical person cannot not deny that some
concept or purpose pre-existed all these phenomena.
I am not planning to teach a long sermon about evolution today.
That is not our topic, so let's leave Darwin alone now; we'll come
back to him again some other time.
Everyone, including each of you, is trying to improve himself
and move toward the bigger and better situation. Isn't that true?
You don't make effort each day to make yourself more miserable, do
you? That universal inclination is found everywhere-in material
objects as well as human beings. Thus we can logically conclude
that it must be the reflection of some universal principle in
Your hair grows out from your scalp. Ask your hair, "Why
do you do that? Did you decide according to your random will to
sprout out all of a sudden on the way to Belvedere this morning?"
What about your teeth? Why do they grow where they do, and not any
other place? What if your teeth grew inside your belly? No, the
teeth are supposed to grow inside your mouth, not inside the stomach,
or the hips or anywhere else. They are designed( in that way. That
design existed before the teeth did.
Imagine if your eye complained, "I don't want to be where
I am. I want to be on top of the nose!" Why are the eyes
supposed to be where they are, slightly lower than the top of the
nose? The eyes never complain or seek to move someplace higher on
the face; they recognize there is a universal order which dictates
where they are supposed to be. That is the position of the eyes
and they must stay there; no complaints are possible.
Imagine if your head were upside down on your neck. The original
concept and purpose dictated that the head should sit the way it
does on the neck. No head can disobey that. Thus the idea within
evolution-that there is random mutation or what is called the
evolutionary process-is not actually true. Growth and development
are not random things. There must be a discipline within them.
Discipline toward what? Harmony is the ultimate goal toward which
all existence is moving.
Let's say that instead of your eyeball being flexible and moving
around, it was rigid and immovable, like a stationary hole in your
face. What an awkward and inconvenient eye that would be. Knowing
about that inconvenience, a certain designer said, "The eyeball
must be flexible and able to turn in all directions."
It is a tenet of communism that matter is the essence of the
universe and that all spiritual phenomena are nothing more than
the byproducts of matter in motion. We must ask these important
questions: Which comes first, existence or interaction? Is matter
everything? Nothing in this universe is completely stationary. If
you break down the molecules of even the most heavy, solid rock
you will see hat incredible motion is occurring between the electrons
Going back to the eyes-did they just all of a sudden spring
into existence by themselves? No, there must have been some prior
motion which allowed them to exist. Look at electricity. Does
electric energy occur first, or does electric interaction come
first? The plus and minus interaction comes first. There is a
prerequisite to any action-two parties, subject and object. So
every action seeks improvement and greater sophistication. In order
for an action to take place, there must be a subject and object-two
While you are calmly sitting here listening to me, all sorts
of interaction is taking place inside of your body. That is what
enables you to keep your balance and inner harmony. The mind and
body interact within us to create a certain balance. Therefore we
can enjoy a peaceful life; without that, all kinds of imbalance,
even trauma, would occur.
All the existences within the universe could not come about
just suddenly. There had to be some action first. But, as we said,
action cannot take place unless there are the two parties called
subject and object having give and take. The universe is full of
energy, but is energy everything? No, even before energy existed,
there had to be action and before that action, there was the
interrelationship of subject and object in this universe.
The atom could not become an atom until an electron and proton
came together; their interaction is what created the entity called
an atom. When you are born in the minus form, the duty of that
minus form is to go out into the universe and search for a
corresponding plus form. Unless you find that plus form, the law
of the universe says, "You have no right to dwell in this
universe. Get out of here." The universe will kick you out!
Within society, all kinds of perversions take place such as
homosexuality and lesbianism - men loving other men, women loving
women. Before anybody said anything about it, the laws of nature
themselves said, "You don't belong in this universe."
Human beings have certain aspirations in the pursuit of happiness,
but if you go in an abnormal way, those aspirations can never be
satisfied. Ultimately you can only destroy yourself.
You women, tell me, are you in the minus or the plus position?
Do you say, "I do not accept the minus role! I want women to
be in the plus position!" Even if you proclaimed, "I am
a plus!" for a million years, the universe would not accept
that. You might chant to yourself over and over, "I am going
to become a man," but nevertheless you would look at yourself
and see that you are still a woman. That is absolute. Man is a man;
woman is a woman. You cannot change it, either here on earth or
in the hereafter. Is that too tedious for you?
Do you women say, "I believe in religion because I want
to bring about a revolution in the very order of the universe! We
women will become men and the men will become women"? No matter
how much you might proclaim such a revolution, the universe would
just laugh at you and say, "No way. Impossible." The
"law of the dialectic" cannot be applied in those
No matter how much you men might try to become somebody other
than yourselves, you cannot do it. Do you say, "Since we are
all created equal, men and women should be exactly the same"?
Can you act one day like a woman in your relationships and another
day like a man? Yes or no? When God created human beings equal,
that means they are equal in the highest possible goal - the
achievement of love. In that realm, men and women are absolutely
equal: they are the children of God, period.
Men and women are destined to come together and unite into one.
They can never be stationary-either they move up or down; there is
always motion and action. Once you form that male/female unity,
would you like to move down or up? You say up, but which one is
more difficult to achieve, going up or down? Why do you suppose
God didn't create things so that going upward is easier? If He had
done that, there would be no basis for value or preciousness.
When you go upward, higher and higher, you are moving toward
the summit, the pinnacle. That pinnacle is always one point, so
everyone is moving toward that one goal. As you go up higher and
higher, it becomes more and more difficult; getting closer to that
pinnacle requires more effort. That means you have to overcome, to
control all the elements within that arena in order to reach the
top. It takes effort, discipline and drive.
Where does that road toward the ideal begin? Does it begin at
the highest point or at the lowest place? What is the ideal? Is it
the totality, everything, or is it only the highest thing? Can
you find the ultimate ideal in the high place or in the low place?
Let's say that your grandparents live in your home. Should your
grandfather be seated in the lowest, most humble place or in the
highest place? What about God, then? As you know, God is the oldest
Granddad of everybody, without question. Then shouldn't God have
the highest position of all? Is that an easy place or a difficult
one? Can you say to God, "Please come down. I want to be up
there and You come down to my place"?
What is the ideal? We can draw a line on the blackboard to help
us understand this concept. Each line always has two ends to it.
One end moving toward the other is a representation of the ideal.
Take your hand, for example. Its ideal motion would be to move all
the way across your body and touch the other arm. Moving from all
the way on the right to the left is a representation of the ideal.
The left hand moving all the way across the body and grasping the
right hand is the ideal. When you have an itch someplace, do your
hands argue about whose responsibility it is to scratch it?
"That's your territory so you do it!" No, that doesn't
From this simple illustration, you can realize that the ideal
means the unity of extremes, or end to end. Therefore, the ideal
for human beings is for one extreme, man, to unite with woman, the
other extreme in regard to sex. It is not man to man and woman to
woman. The unity between man and woman is very difficult to achieve;
it is a virtually impossible task, but that is the ideal.
Achieving unity between you American women and men is especially
difficult. Why is this the ideal? Men and women should become one
and create a certain roundness and harmony; then you can turn
together, moving upward toward the goal. Men and women are created
to be interdependent; therefore, when they separate themselves, a
certain danger arises. In order to preserve your own self and to
assure your own survival, you have to hold on tight to your partner.
That is part of the design.
Why do you women have to carry around the heavy burden of broad
hips and large bosom? It is because there is a certain necessity.
That is the woman's bait to fish for men! When men look at women,
their eyes always go to those two places, bosom and hips. You women
may not know that, but all men, including me, know this. If a man
looks at a woman who is straight up and down, with no curves, he
has no interest. When he sees a woman with a nice, abundant bosom
and hips, he thinks, "Oh, she looks juicy!"
On the other hand, when a woman looks at a man, she isn't
interested in his chest or hips. If some man had a large bosom and
round hips, she would be repulsed by him! Women are interested in
a man's muscular build and powerful shoulders. A universal design
and will caused men and women to be made the way we are. We didn't
decide how we should be built. That universal will made us this
way for the purpose of harmony.
Even a man's skin is designed to be masculine, which means a
rough texture and lots of hair, even a beard on the face. But women
are meant to have soft skin, tender like the snow. Thus two extremes
are brought together. Let's say my arm has lots of hair on it.
Can you imagine how I would feel if I raised Mother's sleeve and
saw as much hair? If Mother presented that kind of arm, I would
say, "Oh, no!"
Women have narrow shoulders, which allows them to be easily
embraced. If you had big wide shoulders, it would be rather
difficult for a man to put his arms around you. It would never look
good in a romantic movie, that's for sure!
All these things are the result of the universal will. They
are not caused by you. You did not design yourself in such a way.
The amazing truth is that all the features you women possess are
not for your own satisfaction or liking, but for the enjoyment of
somebody else, namely a man. The same is true for men. In other
words, women are created for men's liking and men are created for
women's liking. That is why we say you are not born for yourself
or exist for yourself.
The ideal means unity and harmony between extremes, from one
end to the other. Once you achieve unity, you do not stand still
but begin a circling motion. The question is, what sort of circling
motion will you make? Do you want to just circle around in a small
area or will you circle around a greater thing and a bigger purpose?
You can learn a lesson even from dancing. When two people dance,
who leads-the smaller woman or the larger man? Automatically, the
one who is the larger will be the leader. Always the anchor is the
one at the center the bigger, stronger and taller person, the
masculine one. He is the one who takes initiative. Therefore,
between man and woman, man is definitely the subject.
This is the universal discipline; it's not something people
can vote on. It's not something I decided, either. It is the way
the universe itself designed men and women. That is why men are
meant to be the ones to take the initiative; women naturally enjoy
being lifted up when dancing. That is harmonious and beautiful.
But if a man is twirled around, he feels uncomfortable.
In America today, many men and women are moving toward absolute
selfishness. People are saying, "I don't need anybody else.
I just want to enjoy life all by myself." What about you women,
do you have love? You are not sure? Is your love for the purpose
of yourself or for loving a man?
Does love exist for the purpose of giving, or just for receiving?
The essence of loving is giving. What about here in America? When
you women get married, do you say, "I am marrying because I
want to give love"? Or do they feel, "I want to receive
love"? What do you think? That was a very pragmatic American
answer-"both." However, which one should come first?
What happens when you only want to receive love? If the woman
says, "You give me love," and the man says, "No, I
want to receive it. You give love to me," there can be no give
and take, no intercourse. Therefore you both stand idle, with no
unity. If you cannot unite, you cannot move upward. The ideal
requires that you make a circular motion; the horizontal and vertical
lines must come together and create the global, circular motion.
What is the worst sin of you women? It is that you always want
to receive love. That is the sin of sins because it is so destructive
of humanity and the rest of the universe. But when you are determined
to give and serve others, then you not only unite but you also make
a circling motion. You create the rhythm of up and down. Therefore,
what is most wrong in our world today is that people just want to
Someone might say, "Nobody ever taught me that before. I
certainly didn't learn that in college. Reverend Moon, you have
created something brand new." This may be new to you, but it
is universal law. No one can deny even one iota of this.
You women, please be honest to me and I promise to forgive you:
Have you been thinking of ways to receive more and more love, or
have you thought about how to give more love? This is the revolution
which I have proclaimed, the revolution toward selfless love. That
is what the Unification Church revolution is all about.
Men naturally pursue women, but for what purpose? To receive
love or to give love? That is the most important question. It is
a serious problem that American people have not understood how
universal law works. You men should never think, "I'm so glad
I'm getting married because now my life will be easier. I will have
someone to cook breakfast for me and wash my laundry, someone to
serve me." But all of a sudden, that is not what happens and
you start to complain, "Hey, what's happening here?" Your
first concept was wrong; you are not supposed to get married in
order to make your life easier. You should think that your life
will get tougher, but you should be willing to do it in order to
Love is always developing. Once you begin your love relationship,
it must always expand. Your horizons must become larger and greater,
expanding to the society, nation and world. Why are men and women
so essential to each other? It is because you can develop your love
to the world level through that most basic unit, the "building
block" for love-that relationship between a man and woman.
In other words, the husband and wife are the nucleus. When they
form the ideal model, the nucleus is there for the ideal world of
love. Such a husband and wife can move anywhere-to the level of
society, nation and world-and can fit perfectly, harmonizing with
everyone. At the same time, you can serve the world better. When
you observe the universe, you can see that every thing is in the
pair system. There are no bachelors in the natural universe. This
is true in the vegetable kingdom or the mineral kingdom-inside the
atom, there is the pair system-as well as in the animal kingdom.
The entire universe is based on the relationship of pairs. The
reason is that the pair system allows for the give and take of
love, which is the ideal for the entire universe. Therefore, when
men and women become united as husband and wife, giving to one
another in the perfect fashion, they are like the guiding light of
the universe. Everywhere they go, they will be welcomed, not only
by humanity but also the rest of the universe, including all of
If we represented love as a railroad track, it would spread
out wider and wider. The normal railroad track has parallel lines,
but in the love railroad, the tracks open up wider and wider because
the sphere of give and take of love gets larger and larger. Love
always develops to a higher plane or stage; it cannot go backwards
or down. To advance yourself in love, you have to give more and
Men and women are meant to be the standard for the love of the
universe. When you become perfect, you can proclaim, "All of
you other forms of existence can measure the quality of your love
against us. You can be measured by the scale that we have."
All of the other existences will agree and they will come to you.
The universe needs that love scale, that standard of measurement
for love which perfected human beings represent.
The reason so many marriages are breaking down in this society
is that people are only seeking their own well-being when they get
married. Such couples are sleeping in the same bed, but their
thoughts and purposes are different because each person is centered
upon himself. Therefore, unity can never come to them. What is
the most ideal marriage? It is when a person gives himself up to
the point where he doesn't even exist for himself. Only his love,
his partner, exists. When both partners say, "I am totally
at your service," how can that marriage break up?
Imagine the man who loves his wife so much, he just bites off
the tip of her nose one night in the utter ecstasy of love. When
his wife gets up the next morning, would she go to court and sue
her husband? Or if the husband expressed his love so passionately
that he gave his wife a scar someplace, would she say, "Oh,
no, look at me! I cannot live with you any more!"? If that
scar was on her leg, she would look at it and say, "What a
beauty mark, a glorious love mark! I want to have another and
another- all over me!" Is such a woman unhappy? If her whole
body became decorated by those love marks, do you think she would
be happy or unhappy?
That is what excitement is all about, but watch out for your
fingers! You men and women were born in order to pursue excitement
and enthusiasm in your life; you desire greater energy for life.
When husband and wife are engaging in love in bed, it is almost
like a battle-you may tear up the sheets and virtually destroy the
bed. Because of the wildness of such love, do you women say,
"I'm afraid of my husband, so I'm going to protect myself with
a pistol"? No wife would want to do that. Even though it is
rather wild, you anticipate it and look forward to it happening
again and again! It is exciting.
When you get married, you look forward to some fullness of
excitement, not something mediocre or half-way. That kind of bubbling
enthusiasm will never come if the man and woman are both saying,
"You must give love to me. I need it." When you totally
commit yourself and give yourself up for the sake of your spouse,
great excitement can be generated.
I am surprised to see the clock-I have already spoken for an
hour and a half on this "love lecture." I could continue
all day like this, but what about you? You might be able to enjoy
it, but after all, I do get hungry, you know!
The most important thing I am trying to explain today is the
ideal. The ideal is the coming together of end to end, extreme to
extreme. That includes the horizontal extreme to extreme and also
the vertical extreme to extreme. When both the horizontal and
vertical come together, that is truly the ideal. Plus/minus
horizontally and plus/minus vertically having give and take create
the ultimate ideal of motion. In order to make that circular motion,
you have to be united in a round shape. There are two round shapes,
actually-the horizontal, or the husband and wife, and the vertical,
between God and man. When this vertical and horizontal love come
together, they create the whole love ball.
What is the most important point of all in the realization of
this ideal? What is the center between horizontal love and vertical
love? That center is the love between God and man. The reason the
love of this world is so confused is that people are trying to
engage in horizontal love alone, without their vertical connection.
When you examine any sort of circling motion, you will find that
there must always be an axis; without an axis, there can be no
turning. This is true for the planet Earth and for the entire solar
system, including the Sun and Moon. That principle can also apply
in human affairs. We must turn along an axis; without an axis,
there can be no turning action. The axis for men and women is true
love, centered on God.
True love is humanity's common denominator. Within true love,
you can fulfill your own unique self; you become a public man,
registered and accepted by the universe. True love is the only
point upon which God and man can come together, so it is also the
common denominator between God and man.
I have already said many times that the husband and wife are
the nucleus and the basic standard and measure, for the universe.
That core nucleus is surrounded by the family, which is part of
the society; the society is part of the nation, and the nation is
part of the world. The whole world eventually comes under God.
That is how it goes, but only if the nucleus is strong.
Therefore, each social unit such as the husband and wife and
the family and so forth must be properly centered. The family must
be centered upon the head of the family. The tribe must be centered
upon its chief. The society and nation have a head of state. From
the very bottom, you circle upward all the way to the top and within
every social unit there is a head or a central figure.
We need four directions in order to determine our position. We
need to know where we are in relation to north, south, east and
west. You must turn in all four directions to make a complete
circle. This is why people have the aspiration to visit many
different places in the world You want to see places in the north,
south, east and west.
Where did the white people originate? They are from the northern
part of the world. Have you ever seen a polar bear? That is a very
white creature! The northern part of the world gets a lot of snow,
which is a symbol for the white race and culture. Then there is
the equator, which is like the lower valley, which is where the
black race and cultures originated. Whenever there is a tall
mountain, there is also a deep valley.
The valley is always full of odors which attract a lot of small
insects and animals; it is a fertile environment for them to enjoy.
But on top of the mountain there is nothing to eat, no vegetation;
it is barren and infertile. By the same token, it is an emotionally
barren place, with no heartistic richness. Thus the color white
suggests coldness and even arrogance. Many white people try to
elevate and dignify themselves but they lack heartistic warmth.
In order to find that warmth, they have to go down into the valley.
In the culture and tradition of the Unification Church, white
people have the desire to marry black people in order to make
greater progress and development. Love between two white people is
less dramatic than that between a white person and a black person.
When a white couple is together, walking through the lobby of a
hotel or in a coffee shop for instance, nobody even notices them.
The same is true for a black couple or an Oriental couple. But
when a handsome white man and a beautiful black woman are together,
looking happy and united, everybody's eyes are drawn to them. Such
a pair definitely attracts attention. Why is that? It is human
nature to appreciate drama and excitement, and such a couple provides
When you go to an amusement park, you can ride the giant Ferris
wheel and go around and around all the way up to the very top, and
then down again. The beauty of that ride is that you go all the
way around, not just to the top, but also down and around. The
greatest excitement is when you are going down; that is when
everybody screams. When people are riding up the hills on the roller
coaster, everybody is quiet, but as soon as the cars start to
descend, everybody starts screaming! That downward motion is most
I have been speaking about the definition of the ideal this
morning so by now you understand it clearly, right? There is no
special dramatic effect to white people just loving other white
people. That is almost like scratching your own arm-no excitement.
But when white people and black people are loving and caring for
one another, that is true beauty and harmony.
Who in the world can ignite such a historical social revolution
on the earth-political leaders, philosophers, scholars? No, they
cannot. It is only one person and one group-Reverend Moon and the
Unification Church. This audience is a good example. We have the
entire globe in miniature here-all the colors of skin-black, white,
yellow, red and brown. If anybody asks you whom you would like to
follow, none of you would say, "Ronald Reagan," or
"The Chief Justice," or "My Congressman and
Senator." You say, "We want to follow Reverend Moon."
I would prefer that you say, "Reverend Moon," rather than
simply "Father," because that clearly states that even
though I am an Oriental, a Korean and so forth, you don't care.
Still you can say, "I want to follow Reverend Moon."
What is my secret weapon that causes you to feel this way? It
is absolutely simple and it is what I have been expounding upon
this morning: I have love to give. I am constantly giving my love
to you. I came to America to give my very life, and even though
this country has put me into its prison, still I love and give to
America. It is a universal law that anyone who does that has to
have a magnetic pulling power.
When the original mind manifests itself, it doesn't require
any explanation; people automatically understand and respond to
it. That is a characteristic of human nature. When you live
according to the original mind and act with original love, people
and nature can understand you. That is the secret of my ability to
attract you people.
When you come to Belvedere on Sundays, you wonder, "Is
Father going to speak?" When I don't come, you feel, "Oh,
gee, I'm disappointed;" but when I do speak, you feel all
sorts of electricity and excitement. Is that true?
That is why you Moonies are known to be crazy people- some
mysterious power is drawing you and exciting you. But that is not
abnormal at all; it is actually a natural characteristic. That is
the power of the universe and the way things have been operating
from the very beginning.
The largest vertical circular motion can be found between God
and the True Parents. God is at the highest extreme, while the True
Parents are at the center of the universe and of this planet Earth.
Therefore, between the highest God and the True Parents on earth
a circle is created which is the vertical circular motion. When
the highest point unites with the lowest point, they form circular
motion and the center or axis comes into being. That is where you
can find the ideal.
Thus, we say that God does not find joy and excitement by Himself.
He doesn't look at His own hands and say, "How beautiful they
are." He doesn't look at Himself in the mirror and say,
"What beautiful eyes I have!" That doesn't give God any
joy. God has the ability to smell, so does He want to smell His
own scents? No. God wants to hear things, but not the sound of His
own voice. He wants to smell the fragrance and hear the voice of
His object of love. When you touch your own hand, it doesn't give
you any great thrill, but when you touch the hand of your object,
you feel a strong sensation. The same is true of God. He too wants
to feel the excitement of love.
Even the word "ideal" has no meaning to God unless
He has established some give and take relationship between Himself
and His object. Today's topic is the road toward the ideal. That
ideal can come into being only when there is a subject and an
object-or the highest and the lowest point, one end and the
other-coming together in harmony and loving one another. The ideal
comes into being when you practice living for the sake of others,
not for yourself. Unselfish devotional love alone can engender the
When you give to others, you will also prosper, while if you
try to take from others, you will become smaller and smaller,
eventually finding destruction. Therefore, when you have the
strongest desire to give for the sake of others, you can become
connected to the road toward the ideal. The Bible teaches this
clearly when it says that those who give shall be more blessed than
those who receive.
Let me ask you, am I telling you the truth? You must think
about this deeply. It is a very fundamental question. Are you sure
this is the truth? What about yourself? Look and ask yourself, what
kind of life have I been living? Have I been living according to
that principle to the absolute degree? If not, you have been a
failure-you have flunked the course! What does that really mean?
You are like a traitor and a rebel to the rest of the universe.
But you can reverse that trend; today you can make a change. You
can turn yourself around and live according to the absolute level
of this ideal.
When the members of the Unification Church receive the Blessing,
many think, "This is the terminal point, the final goal for
the Unification Church way of life." Rather, I am telling you
that that is just the starting point! The center of that family is
the church and the center of the church is the nation; that is why
I have always taught you to live for the sake of the nation. Then
the United States, for example, must live for the sake of the world.
It is not doing that now, so our determination is to create such
The United States must know this secret: by giving unselfishly
and altruistically for the rest of the world, this country will
never perish. Instead, it will gain greater power and true dominion
over the world. Much greater blessing will come to this country.
Reverend Moon has been faithfully practicing this principle
and because of it, a lot of sacrifices have been imposed upon the
East Garden family. Mother has had a suffering course because I
have very seldom paid her much attention. Likewise, my children
have not received much attention from me. Mother's life has been
very difficult. When she was only a tender young girl, she met with
her giant husband. Can you imagine the suffering her heart has
endured? She has had absolutely no freedom. Mother has been bearing
within her heart so many pains; she could never even speak about
them. She has felt that it was her responsibility to bear her cross
and support me. Now that I have accomplished on the worldwide scale,
Mother has matured and become truly a mother for the universe.
The True Parents' position is that of giving endlessly, with
no reservation. By doing that, the new world can come into being.
There is no other way a new order and new life can be created-that
must be practiced to the letter, to the ultimate degree. For example,
when I came to America it meant that I had to leave Korea behind;
I could not pay attention to the Korean people because I had a
greater goal. After the United States government mistreated me and
I returned to Korea, the people there told me, "Reverend Moon,
why do you ever want to return to the United States, since they
have misunderstood you so completely?" But I returned to this
country because I operate according to a different principle. My
goal is the ideal world, not just one nation such as Korea. That
is where I am moving toward-the ultimate, highest point.
When you are climbing up toward the top of the world, there
are times when you cannot see the goal and the future seems bleak.
But now is a different time-we can finally see the North Pole, the
destination. Things are getting easier and easier and we are
thinking, "Yes, we can make it!" We can see very clearly
that communism is failing and that it will come to an end. No
question about it. What about the democratic system-is that the
ultimate system? No, that too will come to an end; it has so many
obvious problems today.
Can you imagine that the Messiah or God Himself could be elected
by popular vote? Would God be a Republican or a Democrat? Or perhaps
we should say, "We don't need an absolute God. We just need
to follow the democratic system.''
The road of love is not the road of popular elections. Voting
is, in a way, a selfish act because people usually vote for their
own desires and goals. But love itself is simply giving. In true
love, there is no such thing as oneself; true love is selflessness.
That is the ultimate state of the holy man and woman: they have
totally emptied themselves. As you know, the ideal never comes
alone; there must be partners.
Before the establishment of sovereignty for the ideal world,
there must be a guiding principle and leaders who are moving this
world toward that goal. What citizenship would you like most to
have-the United States, the world, or the Kingdom of Heaven? As
just an American citizen, you cannot receive citizenship in the
Kingdom of Heaven; you must first move up to the world level. No
one in secular society has world citizenship today. However, the
Unification Church is a place in which people can gain that world
But is that the end of it? Is the goal of the Unification Church
just to acquire world citizenship? No, we aspire to a higher
level-that of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and in heaven. It is
best if everybody could enjoy the citizenship of all of these-the
nation, the world and the Kingdom of Heaven. But if the situation
dictates that you cannot enjoy them all, which one would you prefer
to have? You say Kingdom of Heaven citizenship. Is that easy to
acquire? Who is going to guide you into that Heavenly citizenship?
You say, "Father," but what kind of father-a fallen one
or a perfected one? Only the perfected Father has the right to sign
your name on the rosters of the Kingdom of Heaven.
What was the original plan-to be born directly into citizenship
of the Kingdom of Heaven, or to be born into sinful citizenship
and then move up to the Heavenly citizenship? How were you born?
What is your root, your lineage? The fallen lineage is the root
upon which you ( were born. The nature of fallen love is to receive;
it is selfish love and that is the essence of fallen nature.
Therefore, we have to bring a revolution to that love and turn it
into unselfish love. Without that kind of love, you cannot enter
the Kingdom of Heaven.
That is why the teaching of religions throughout history,
particularly in the Bible, has been, "Go 180 degrees opposite
from the way of the world." We have been encountering opposition
constantly in the role of pioneers. Under these adverse conditions
we are struggling to build a highway for our posterity, so that
they can follow that road and reach the goal much more quickly.
But as the pioneers, we must go the way which is opposite to the
way of the world.
Although we are resisted, opposed and persecuted, we do not
seek revenge. We do not want tooth for tooth, eye for eye, or life
for life. Our only revenge is that of true love; we want to
reciprocate with forgiveness and true love. That is the difference
between our way of life and that of Satan's. That is the boundary
line, the point of separation where Satan has to say, "No
more. I cannot pursue you any further."
As individuals, we want to practice giving love; as families,
we want to practice giving love; as a church, we want to do the
same. Only one way of life, one direction should appear on the face
of the earth-that way of life will bring together all the five
colors of skin. There is only one time in history that this will
happen. In a way, we are taking a stick and drawing a line on the
ground and telling the satanic world, "You cannot come beyond
this line. No crossing over."
The Unification Church and Reverend Moon are practicing this
Principle to the ultimate degree. We think that if, by sacrificing
the Unification Church we could save the world, we would do that.
We would give anything to pull this world out of destruction. Are
we on the right track and following God's principle? Even though
people of the world have persecuted Reverend Moon and the Unification
Church, their original minds have always known what is right and
wrong. Sooner or later, Americans will come to realize that they
have committed a serious crime and they have to pay for it. That
time has already begun and thus a big change is taking place in
the country. The atmosphere is different; people want to repay the
wrong they have done, the debt they have incurred. The universe
will continue to change in that way.
We are a "moving" movement, in a way, going from west
to east, north to south, in order to equalize economic discrepancies
and bring about a true sharing of resources. Also, we are bringing
east and west together to share in one cultural sphere, the sphere
The True Parents are in the position of giving to you, as
individuals and as families. From my position as father, I am always
the one to give. The True Parents always want to give. This is true
on every level-from the individual to the world level. But then
the world is, in a way, refusing this gift; what a truly terrible
crime that is.
You are in the position to receive such a great blessing and
such great love. Can you betray it? If so, that is truly the worst
betrayal. I want to give to you on the individual level; my family
wants to give to you - especially to you, not to everybody. If you
don't want to receive this gift, how great a betrayal that is. When
can you ever pay it back? Especially you Unification Church members
- how many times have you complained or repeated comments against
We have to go to the highest level, so Father does not stop
but keeps going up, up, up! Going up is not an easy way. More and
more the communist world and the KGB are thinking, "How can
we assassinate Reverend Moon?" They want to eliminate "that
Reverend Moon guy"; they are serious. So this is a very
difficult situation, not an easy one. Father thinks about how to
save the communist world. How can I give more love to them now,
especially, so that their next generation, their young people, can
participate in a new revolution? I hear many reports from our
underground members working in that area.
Think about our way of life. Think about how you have conducted
yourself in the past. Our way has not been toward the ideal but in
the opposite direction many times. Although we want to do better,
we often find that we have gone in the wrong direction. We do not
have a nation yet, our sovereignty, do we? That means God doesn't
have authority. I have been concentrating upon the United States
in order to turn it truly into one nation under God, because it is
the microcosm of the world. America can influence the rest of the
world more easily than any other nation. This is the reason I came
to America. But where is this America heading now? Is it spiritually
well-off, or is it declining and going the road of destruction?
Where is America going-upward or downward? America is declining,
it is true.
The United States is beset with a multitude of problems, such
as immorality, juvenile delinquency, and drug abuse. The problems
of the family are multiplying and there is tremendous ideological
confusion and loss of values. Do you think the Unification Church
has the solution to all these incredible problems? If you believe
it, how can you prove it? The proof is very simple. You can say,
"Look at us. We were once part of that perishing America,
but we are very different now. We are new people with new life and
new goals. I made a 180 degree turn, so I am the example, the
testimony." Isn't that true? Thus the hope for all the millions
of people in America is quite simple: it resides within you. If
they can turn around just as you have, this country will be saved.
The secular education system in America is totally on the
satanic side; it is bringing the people straight toward destruction,
not life and hope. Within this country I have been able to establish
a sort of alternate educational system-our movement-in which young
people can be re-educated and turned around. That is the victorious
testimony of this great movement here in America.
We know that our road is not an easy but an arduous one, so we
have made up our minds to go through it. But the rest of the world
has been suffering without understanding why. The difference is
this: we have a most difficult road today, but we know that tomorrow
it will change; thus we have hope for a new day. Although people
in the secular world may be happy in the moment, they have no reason
to hope for tomorrow. In fact, they feel that tomorrow will
certainly be darker; they will become more confused and disunited.
That is a big difference.
When persecution came to Reverend Moon from the United States
government, I did not want to avoid it. I wanted to go over it.
Do you follow? My way of life is different-I always overcome the
difficulties. You blessed couples, husband and wife, must be ever
more determined to go out and work harder. If you just stand still
as a married couple, you will isolate yourselves from the rest of
the universe. You have no way to stay connected. If there had been
any other way, I would not have come to America for this most
arduous road of persecution.
By my coming here and creating this incredible and controversial
movement, all the True Children were exposed to tremendous pressure
and emotional pain. When they go to their schools, the other children
make fun of them and whisper, "That's Reverend Moon's son and
daughter. Oh, those Moonies." The children have had to endure
that kind of daily scorn and come home with heavy hearts. I know
that. This is different from your own position or that of your
children; My children have to carry an extraordinary mental burden
all the time. My message to them is always, "Look at me, your
Daddy. I am receiving worldwide persecution and I am receiving it
willingly, gladly. Can't you take this small persecution that comes
from your school? That is really very small compared to what people
have done to me."
However, I have the vision and the experience to see well beyond
the present moment, so I never become discouraged or disheartened.
But within the minds of my children, these experiences are gigantic
because they cannot see as far beyond. For that reason, their
suffering is much greater, in a way. You don't know about these
kinds of things. If I had not come to America, these things would
not have happened to them. But I came here for a purpose: for the
sake of the world and the entire providential goal. I have never
become discouraged even one iota or moved backward one step, even
though my own children have had to be overburdened in that fashion
and sacrificed, in a way.
But what about you? Do you think, "Well, Father is Father.
He is going his way and we are going ours"? Can you take that
easy route? Do you think, "Let's just wait for a while until
Father becomes victorious. Then I will f show up on that day to
share in the victory"? I want you to understand this very
well: instead of trying to shy away now, thinking, "I'll come
back later when things are easier," think, "I am a
representative of Father. I am on the forefront of this nation
and I will be responsible. I would like Father to take the glory
and comfort; I want to take the hard work and suffering." That
is an example of giving, which is the standard for the ideal.
Reverend Moon's life is the model in three most important
aspects. If I am asked, "When did you give for the sake of
the world?" my answer is, "Always, every minute of he
day." If I am asked, "When did you live for the sake of
others?" and "When did you love?" I say, "Up
to this moment. There was no moment in my life without love."
Because of that loving heart, I have always forgiven others.
All beings, even a tiny mouse, will welcome you when you are
trying to live for its welfare. That is the law of nature. Do you
understand? Nature is waiting for such a master. The trees and the
grasses are saying, "You human beings are the supreme form of
creation. You are the masters of the universe; therefore, we are
waiting to be served by you, loved by you." All of nature is
awaiting your love. Somebody has to initiate love. That is the
role( of the subject. Human beings have to initiate love and then
the rest of the universe will respond by giving and serving and
loving; but unless someone takes the initiative, nature can never
Because God has already given to us, lived for our sake, and
loved us, in our hearts there is the desire to respond to God. When
you practice God's principle: giving and living for the sake of
others, as well as loving others, you will move gradually and surely
Now the paths of East and West are converging. Throughout
history, the Oriental way of life has been basically centered upon
the mind and the spirit. Thus their concept is to turn inward, deny
the material, and focus on giving, serving and moving upward in
that way. That has been the Oriental mentality. At the same time,
the Western way of life has been centered more upon external things,
such as acquiring scientific knowledge and material wealth.
We could say that the Orientals are spiritually rich and the
Occidentals are materially rich. But now the time has come for
these two halves of the world to come together. They have to swap
with each other-the West must share their material wealth and gain
spiritual well-being. The East must give their spiritual wealth
and pursue the scientific and modern-day material wealth. Therefore,
a swapping mission must begin, where Orientals bring their ideal
elements to the West and pour them out and the West gives its
material wealth for the sake of the East. Who is the model and the
center of this swapping mission? Reverend Moon has been that center.
Reverend Moon, as a representative of the Orient, came to
America and poured out everything of internal value. Now we have
to see the reverse-Westerners need to go to the Orient and pour
out their external wealth. When each part empties itself out-spiritually
and materially- they will automatically begin revolving in harmony.
The world is already seeing this phenomenon-the Western world is
showing more and more respect and appreciation of the Oriental
world. American people are interested and attracted to everything
Japanese-restaurants, clothing, cars, everything. This is not a
problem; it is combining the two worlds. God is working in this
way; it is the providential way.
This is the final chapter of fallen human history-the West must
bring its material wealth to the Orient and pour it out there,
while the Orient must bring its spiritual heritage to the West.
The two twins can become one and create perfect harmony. This is
the final chapter. Then absolutely we will return together back to
That is the ultimate dispensational role of the Unification
Church. Our responsibility is to be like glue-bringing things
together. There is a type of glue nowadays that is so strong that
once two things are glued together, they are bonded and cannot be
separated. We have to make such oneness between different cultures
and ways of life. The quickest way to bond together two different
ways of life is through our international marriages-bringing East
and West together in one home. The Japanese women who married
Western men, please raise your hands and let me see. Who gave you
your Western husbands? Did I force you, or did you want that?
These marriages represent two extremes coming together. That
is the most beautiful and dramatic thing in the universe. No matter
what other people may say, the most important thing is that you
live happily, in an exciting and rewarding way. Furthermore, when
you have children you can be most proud of them because they are
the fruit of the unity of East and West. Be proud of the fact that
those children are the closest to God's heart and a joy to Heaven.
Think, "I may be further away, but my children are close to
God. God really loves my children." How wonderful!
If there had been no opposition from established Christianity
forty years ago, perhaps I would have married a British woman.
That's true. At that time, the Eve nation was Britain. America
was born from that country, so America is the son. The son is the
representative of Adam and Eve. Standing in the middle in the
archangel position at that time was France. France always goes
either way, every time.
The most important, valuable way to live is to follow the way
of truth-giving, serving and loving. You have to know that clearly.
God is an absolute being and He has to protect anyone living this
way. I know that clearly. That is why I could survive all these
years. I understand the laws of original existence and I am following
those laws, so no matter how much opposition comes against me or
how difficult the atmosphere, it is no problem. I will continue
following the way of truth. Do you understand?
My life testifies clearly to the truth of this way. Many people
in the past thought, "Reverend Moon is too controversial. He
is destined to fail." But they were wrong; Reverend Moon has
become more and more successful. Now people testify, "Reverend
Moon is the happiest person, even though he has had such a difficult
life. No one else has reached such a successful position."
People are amazed to see how happy Reverend Moon is. This is the
testimony-my life. This is the way of truth. I know it and I am
teaching you this clearly at this hour. Now you know clearly, right?
What should you do in order to follow me? Should you only think
about your life? No, you have to make effort and gain results.
You can achieve the same position as mine only by taking action.
Otherwise, there is no way. Father is showing you that standard.
This is really the most valuable and precious way. Who is really
against me? No one, only Satan. Satan and man came together through
the fall, but I have been teaching people this truth. Your original
mind is following Father's words and now many people are dedicating
themselves to sacrificing and separating from Satan.
Someday in the future you will die and go to the spiritual
world; that is certain. When you stand before God at that time, He
will say, "Who are you?" You might say, "I am a
Moonie." Then God will say, "Are you a real Moonie or a
fake one?" What will you answer? Will you be able to say,
"I am a genuine Moonie." Do you have that confidence?
Show me your result.
The real Moonies' way is that of giving everything, forsaking
everything, and loving everyone. God knows that, so He will ask
you, "Did you live all your life on earth according to those
three criteria?" At that time, how will you answer Him? Will
you say with assurance, "Yes, God, I did"?
God created the entire universe with that heart. He gave
everything, thinking only of others. We received that wonderful
gift, so we have to return it. Where? Not to God directly-we must
give back to this world. The world is your training course for
Heaven, where you learn to forsake, give, and love. Become the kind
of fruit for Heaven who feels: God's happiness is my happiness;
His joy is my joy.
What power do we need to make God's world? We need love power.
How wonderful a life we have! God is our subject of love; we are
His objects of love and we are meant to become united into one.
That is man's purpose and destiny-that is your destiny! Every person
has to become that way with God; we have to reach that purpose in
reality. This is the real purpose of man. Is this clear? Now you
know that this is our responsibility.
So the Kingdom of Heaven is a place where no one can live alone,
because the ideal cannot be found by an individual all by himself.
It has to be two-husband and wife. What about you American people-do
you want to go at least once to Africa? America is in the highest
place, at the summit. The highest place and the least developed
place must have the exchange of give and take. As much as I have
given every ounce of energy for the sake of the United States, you
in turn must do that for the sake of unfortunate nations, as in
The United States is protecting Korea today almost reluctantly,
but some force has been holding the two countries together. The
international situation has always forced America to stay closely
connected with Korea. At the same time, Reverend Moon has been
holding tightly to the United States. The only difference is that
the United States is trying to push Reverend Moon in one direction
but I have been pushing them in the other direction. This is the
battle. The United States has been saying, "Reverend Moon,
you are all right as long as you will turn around and be centered
upon the United States. We are the subject and you are the
object." But Reverend Moon has been saying, "No, no, this
is not true."
Who is bigger-the United States government or Reverend Moon?
Reverend Moon is even shorter than you, so how could you say the!
I am bigger? The population of the United States is 240 million
and Reverend Moon is only one Oriental person, not even a citizen.
That is the way America sees it. Whose eyes are bigger-Reverend
Moon's eyes or the U.S. government's eyes? What about this-between
the U.S government's nose and smelling power and Reverend Moon's
smelling power, which one is greater? Even though Reverend Moon's
physical ears are not too big, which is greater-his listening power
or the listening power of the U.S. government, which is greater?
What about verbal power-which one is stronger? When I shout out
something, everybody is shocked. But the U.S. government can issue
statement after statement and nobody listens; everybody is dozing.
The difference is this: what Reverend Moon speaks is what he
does. The U.S. government speaks but often there are no deeds to
follow it up, so it is just empty rhetoric. The scale of the U.S.
government is quite puny, but that is what they are trying to
measure Reverend f Moon with. They just don't have the right kind
of scale to measure with. They try to use binoculars to watch him,
but those lenses cannot encompass him; Reverend Moon is so big,
they cannot see all of him through those particular binoculars.
They cannot see anything clearly. They say, "Where is Reverend
Moon? Who is he?"
You Americans tell me: Which one will surrender, the U.S.
government to God, or the other way around? If they refuse to
surrender out of arrogance, what will happen? The government will
remain only as a facade, while the entire population of the country,
particularly the young people, will eventually come to Father. They
will be like a paper tiger, with nothing inside. You Americans are
different, at least. You understand that God should be at the center
and the U.S. should be the object. Is that true?
If you found some precious treasure, would you feel like giving
it to the President of the United States, or to Father? You are
crazy people! That is why they say you are brainwashed. However,
we know that we are true love-washed, not brainwashed. Other people
do not know or understand the touch of true love, but you Moonies
have tasted something unique. That is why other people cannot
understand the Unification Church-they do not understand true love.
And that is why we are such at mystery to them.
Would you like to see Reverend Moon treated with greater respect
than the president, or lesser? At this time, what do you think-is
my position higher or lower than President Reagan's? A simple way
to look at it is this: If President Reagan came here trying to take
the place of Reverend Moon, he could not lead the Unification Church
for even one day. that's for sure. But if Father were to move to
the White House, I could guide the country with no problem. One
aspect of this democratic country is very good-the fact that I can
speak like this today. If I were to speak like this in a totalitarian
system, within a few moments I would be taken away and possibly
What they call the WASPs-White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants-look
at Reverend Moon and cannot accept him. There are many Americans
saying, "No, no," against Reverend Moon now, but they
are getting very tired and they will fall asleep. When they wake
up, the rest of America will have gone to follow Reverend Moon's
Are there any CIA agents in the audience? Go ahead and tell
the director of the CIA everything that Reverend Moon is speaking.
The CIA is clever and at least they understand the truth. They say,
"Well, Reverend Moon is a true anti-communist, and he is
teaching good moral standards to young people. That is all good
for America. The only problem is that he won't become Americanized;
he is trying to Moonize America!"
All kinds of people have come from around the world and become
Americanized, but has that made them better human beings? On the
other hand, you American men and women who have become
"Moonized," what kind of people have you become? You have
become purpose oriented, moral, dedicated, and unselfish. What is
wrong with that? That means the battle is already over; the umpire
has already made his call. It is only a matter of time now. Do you
Nothing really bothers or disturbs Reverend Moon; I am solid
like a rock. I can chortle and laugh, "HA, HA, HA." The
key point is this: Moonizing is not bad, but what is the final
result, what are the consequences of it? Is Reverend Moon just
trying to use everybody like bait in the Pacific Ocean? No, Reverend
Moon is Moonizing young people to truly create the Kingdom of God
on the earth. What is wrong with that? By using the American citizens
as raw material, Reverend Moon has produced people of much higher
quality, with heavenly citizenship. This is the most ideal,
sought-after position. Anybody who seriously opposes this is actually
a traitor to the United States. If the government opposes it, then
the government is actually betraying the American dream. Do you
American people live well, and they ask, "Why shouldn't
we?" That is fine. I have no objection to all the American
people living well, except that such a high level should be reached
by going through the level of Africa. Two extremes must come together
in harmony- the top American way of life and the most difficult
African way of life. That is why my message and training for you
have always included both the highest ideal and the lowest, most
difficult way of life.
We do fund raising, witnessing, fasting and so forth. We work
very hard all the time. People say, "Reverend Moon, your
teaching is good but your practices are terrible. Why do you put
American young people in such bad situations, such as selling
flowers and other hard work?" But I say, "I am helping
to create Americans who can embrace both the top and the bottom in
life, people who can have dominion and control over everything."
American people should give everything for the sake of Africa.
Suppose people sold their fine homes and possessions and took that
money to Africa where they could buy land, build hospitals and
schools by which to serve the African people. If you could do that,
would you strive I only to make yourself comfortable instead? Would
you do that for your own sake? The way you can win Africa is to do
three things: give to them, live for their sake and love them.
You will not lose yourself, either. That is the truly wise way,
the way that Reverend Moon is teaching.
I have been pouring everything, all my energy and resources,
into America, but I have never felt that I have lost anything.
Instead, I have gained something much greater: I have gained America.
Korea, in the lower place, gave to America, which is in the higher
place. I have been the personification of that standard of giving.
Now America, in Reverend Moon's tradition, should give everything
to Africa, which is in the lowest place. That will never bring
about your destruction; rather it will enable you to live truly.
That is where your true life and your true hope lie. I would like
to see America pour out everything she has into the continent of
Africa, just as I have poured everything into America.
What about you American young people, do you agree with this?
Do you think Reverend Moon's teaching is wrong? You accept this?
Then you never know what might take place. For instance, this
brother here never knows when I might say, "OK, now I want
you to pack up and move to Africa." Will you complain, "But
I need a little time to take care of this and that, a few days."
Then will you say, "I need a few weeks"? Then will you
say, "A few more months"? Finally, would it be, "I
need a few more years here in America"?
The wisest men and women are those who don't feel they need to
have some nice apartment or townhouse to live in, but are content
with living out of their suitcase. Then all you have to do is pick
up your suitcase and go, saying, "I'm ready, Father." It
is almost like a seasonal bird who moves from one hemisphere to
another. They don't have apartments or houses or possessions; they
don't even have automobiles. All they have is their two wings.
But the male and female birds are very happy to fly together and
their little offspring follow them, also very happy. The family of
birds travels happily together.
What if I issued moving orders to all of you to go to Africa?
Would you resist going? What would happen? You American white people
here who can say, "Father, as soon as you issue your moving
orders to go to Africa, I will be ready," raise your hands.
You are great people. Unbelievable! I'm not saying "Grey"
people. I don't like grey. I like "Great!"
Let's imagine if the children of the U.S. Cabinet members sold
all their belongings and went to Africa to do missionary work.
Would that create bad public opinion? What has been the policy of
most white Americans in the past? Basically, it has been exploitation:
"Let's go to Africa and take away the resources, such as the
diamonds and gold and iron, and make ourselves richer."
Therefore, the people of the world have resisted Americans. On
every continent people have expressed their resentment toward the
"Ugly American" and have waved banners saying, "Yankee,
America has been given all its riches and resources from God
so that it could exercise stewardship. America is safeguarding that
properly until the Master comes, but when the true Heavenly owner
and Master arrives, they should relinquish ownership. If America
realizes that, they will be all right. When the Master comes, will
he say, "OK, it's all mine now"? No, he will say, "Open
up the doors of the treasury and give out everything for the
unfortunate people of Africa and the rest of the world."
Is that role of the Master parallel to what I have been teaching
you this morning, or is it contradictory? The Kingdom of Heaven
must begin from Africa-not the United States. So the American people
should walk and let the African people ride in their big cars; let
the Africans take comfort while the white Americans fulfill the
role of missionary. The white people brought black Africans over
to America and used them as slaves; the white people were their
masters. Now you should go to Africa and say, "I want to be
your slave; you are the masters now."
If Americans did that, would this country perish? No. That sort
of action has never even been discussed by anyone in history, much
less has anyone been doing it. Only Reverend Moon has had the logic,
the reasoning and the pride to be able to do it. That is what
Reverend Moon's training program is all about: Asian people come
to America and work for the sake of America; American people go to
Africa and work for the sake of Africa.
If American people say, "I will not do that sort of thing
because I am a first-class citizen of this fine country," the
future of this country will be very dismal. I will watch to see
how you American people respond. The blessings of this country-material,
technological and every other sort-are for the sake of the whole
world. If Americans try to hold on to them just for selfish
purposes, to promote the well-being of the white, Anglo-Saxon
people, this nation will definitely perish.
The Moonies' hope is in turning. By turning and making a full
circle, we create a center; that is our hope-to create a center.
Once we turn, the axis shall be formed. That axis should be always
on a vertical line. The more you turn without an axis, the more
problems you create. But with the right axis of true love, the more
you turn, the more construction that can take place. Is this very
It doesn't matter how much book learning you may have, or how
many courses in philosophy you may have taken. What do you think-just
holding on to one way is better, or holding both sides is better?
What about East and West, is it enough to just hold hands, or
shouldn't they embrace? Then when they embrace, what should be
their center? True love. There should be movement- Oriental people
should love Westerners more than they love Easterners. Western
people should love the Eastern people more than they love themselves.
The spirit world is coming down to love the physical world
and the physical world is loving the spirit world. Again, this is
give and take with the highest ideal. In the name of God, we can
have the exchange of love; you can f go joyfully to the lowest
place or the widest, highest place. We can move to the east, west,
north or south; we are the God-created independence movement,
bringing true freedom on the face of the earth.
Reverend Moon is not only speaking about an Oriental philosophy
or ideology; I am also teaching a Western ideology. Within me the
two realms are harmonized. Reverend Moon is not only harboring the
earthly ideal but the heavenly ideal as well. Reverend Moon's ideal
is universal-it can go anywhere and in all four directions.
When the True Parents go to your home would we be guests or
like hosts or masters? Would you welcome us in your home, or would
you want to charge us for the room? Or will you say, "Father,
if you want to come to my home, you have to call first and make an
appointment"? That is the American way, isn't it? What if I
just showed up all of a sudden and kicked your door, saying,
"I'm here!" Would you immediately say, "Don't invade
my privacy!"? Would you tell me I couldn't come in? No, you
say you would welcome me in anytime.
Unless you embrace the two worlds of East and West, there is
no way the ideal can be created. It is the Korean custom that
whenever you present a gift or some object to another person,
particularly an elder or someone in a higher position, you always
use both hands. In America, since you have no such concept, you
always give something with one hand. Some Americans even give me
papers or things like that with one hand, sometimes not even looking
at me. The eyes are very important when you present something.
You should present something with both hands and your eyes should
be directed toward the recipient. When your eyes are there, it
means your heart is also there. Your heart, mind and body are all
there, focused into that act of giving.
The other way is almost barbaric-virtually shoving something
at somebody in a casual and careless manner. In summertime, many
women walk around on the streets half-dressed. That is not so
pretty, either; it is certainly not a reflection of a highly cultured
society. That is also vulgar and barbaric.
The way of life in the United States is based on pragmatism.
I am not really opposed to pragmatism. The road toward the ideal
is actually the most pragmatic way of life because that is the way
you will gain the most in your life. You will eventually gain more
this way than any other way.
Suppose I said that everybody here at Belvedere today should
go do missionary work in Africa. Those who oppose such a thing,
please stand up. Nobody is standing up so that means, at least,
that everybody here is aspiring to go to Heaven. In 1971, God spoke
to Reverend Moon and said, "My son, go to America." What
should I have said? "God, don't you know that I need time to
prepare myself? I have to learn to speak English and study the
customs there. I need some time!" Should I have said that?
The important thing is not the language, the customs or culture.
The only really important thing is obedience. "Yes Sir, Heavenly
Father" is what I said and I just took off.
If God told me now, "Leave America. The job is done there,
so go to Africa," then I would be gone by the next morning.
I wouldn't even have to say, "Members, assemble I want to say
good-bye to you." Do you think that I would say to God,
"But Belvedere and East Garden are just getting shaped up.
Now that we have built more room at East Garden, I want the chance
to enjoy it before I leave for another country"? No, not at
all. What about you, would you do the same?
I may go back to Korea and you would want to come there, isn't
that true? All right, but you can only come to Korea by way of
Africa. You have to go to a land hostile to America, where the
people shout, "Yankee, go home." Go there and transform
that hostility until they want to pay respect to you good American
people. When you have earned respect as their brother, their teacher,
their master, then you can come to Korea and see me. Do you follow?
Why should it be like that? The road toward the ideal is designed
in exactly that way. To go on the road to Heaven, you have to
embrace Cain; Abel must love Cain and gain dominion over him before
he can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the teaching and ideology
of the Unification Church. The Principle teaches this point,
particularly in the Principle of Creation; it is absolutely the
basic, fundamental truth of the universe. Everything must be
manifested according to that law; no shortcuts or deviation are
This is why you are doing the things you do; you are tasting
Africa here in America, in a way, by doing fund raising, fasting,
witnessing and so forth. African people will also come to America
and work diligently; they do not just sit passively and wait to be
taken care of. They work side by side with the American people and
Look at me. I came as a foreigner to this country. Have I sat
passively and waited for other people to take care of me? No, I
have always stayed ahead of everybody. Many changes have taken
place in America and now a lot of people are saying, "Reverend
Moon, we really need you here. Could you please reconsider and stay
You know, I have no sense of time while I am speaking, but my
stomach is telling me that it is getting late. When I looked at my
watch just now, I was surprised to see that it was 10:00 o'clock.
In a few days, I will be leaving America to go somewhere,
probably Korea. I do not know when I will be back. This is the
reason I have spoken this particular sermon today, which is very
important. When I am here in America and speaking at Belvedere,
you come to Sunday Service but when I am not here, are you going
to stay away? Actually, the ideal is for you to attend even more
regularly when I am away. When I am not here, you should work even
harder. That is the ideal way. Am I wrong? No, you know that this
Thus when I am away working on some other project, you should
be assembling at Belvedere with even more passion and prayer, and
working harder, giving even more. While I am away, I will ask,
"How many people are assembling at Belvedere?" and if
the answer is, "Not many," then I will say, "Those
Americans are just hopeless; I'm not ever going back there. I don't
want to deal with them any more."
I would like to go to Red China. Does one Chinese person have
the same value as one American? Yes, in God's eyes their value is
the same. Which would be easier to transform-one American or one
Chinese? Of course, the Chinese would be easier. If we could go to
China and spend the same amount of money and resources as we have
poured out in this country, you think about what would happen.
Wouldn't China virtually turn around, or would it just remain
immovable? Deng, the Chinese leader, would certainly enjoy meeting
with me. Now that gigantic country of China is taking an objective
position; they are trying to grab onto me.
Now you know the way toward the ideal. You have learned it this
morning. Two must become harmonized- two arms, two legs, two eyes.
Heaven must be entered by men and women together. When a child is
sick, the parent's heart is completely concentrated on him. The
sick or crippled child receives the most sympathy among all the
children from the parents. That is the quality of the parental
heart. The parents are at the peak position, so their heart goes
down to the lowest valley. That is the ideal-extreme to extreme.
How can anybody rebel against that? Nobody can oppose this law.
It is absolute.
How can we make the bridge between the extremes? You should
imitate my way of life. You know that now. You have to work for
the world, not just the nation. Our ideal way is to always pursue
the higher goal. Shall we conclude now? The conclusion is very
simple: if you are ready to die honorably for the sake of God and
the world, you will surely live honorably. If you have such a noble
conviction, you will certainly live in an honorable way every day.
But anybody who wants to get away with living just for his own
happiness will go the opposite direction. This is the most central
point of Jesus' teaching, as recorded in the Bible: "Whoever
wishes to save his own life shall lose it; but whoever loses his
life for My sake shall find it." Jesus truly knew the universal
We all should live according to that teaching, as Jesus did.
Once again, you cannot enter the ideal level by yourself. Either
as an individual, society or nation you must be paired. The United
States must be paired with Korea; therefore, Reverend Moon has been
holding the United States tightly. Although the United States is
reluctant and resisting, it is still holding on to Korea. This is
happening because of some greater power. When Korea comes to the
United States' position and vice-versa, uniting and making a perfect
turn, then the entire world will have become one at that point.
All you Moonies want to go to Korea, don't you? Who controls that?
I did not instill that desire in you, but it is the manifestation
of the universal law.
If you go to a festive celebration and everybody starts to
dance, what if you have no partner? What a miserable feeling to
have to just sit and watch all by yourself. The entire universe is
like a grand hall or ballroom. Everyone within that hall must be
a part of a pair; otherwise, you cannot stay. God Himself will tell
you to leave. That dance hall has a door which opens automatically
to any pairs who want to come in and dance. There is no discrimination
or refusal to anyone.
If you Westerners or American people feel you can remain forever
in a very high place, you are wrong. The only way you can go to
Heaven and the ideal place is by lowering yourself. That is the
teaching of Reverend Moon. The problems between black and white
people in America will be solved once this teaching is understood.
Whites will humble themselves and embrace with the blacks; blacks
will make the effort to elevate themselves to equal give and take
with the whites. Then the problem will be gone.
The circling motion will bring us down into the center, into
the focal point. Once we reach that focus, we return the other way
around and develop outward. It is wrong for black people ever to
think, "Because it is Reverend Moon's teaching, you white
people have to come here and serve me." That is the wrong
attitude and equally as evil as white arrogance. Black people must
humble themselves and work hard, clean up their atmosphere and
orient themselves in an altruistic direction; then give and take
will occur. Then we will have a focus, a true center. Without that
center, you will be thrown out of orbit, never to rejoin the
community of the universe. Do you understand what I have said this
When I have been gone from the United States and I call and
ask the American leaders how many people have f been attending
Sunday Service at Belvedere, I want to hear, "So many that
they spilled out onto the lawn because there was no room for them
in the auditorium." Do you think I would be resentful and say,
"Gee, why didn't that many come to hear me when I was there?"
No, I would say, "Hallelujah! Finally, America has understood
my message!" If such a booming Belvedere service ever happens,
I will feel great confidence and comfort in America and I will
think, "I'm glad I gave them the sermon, "Road Toward the
Ideal." They must have gotten my message that day."
Those who pledge to me that you will do it, raise your hands.
Thank you and God bless you.