Reverend Sun Myung Moon
Absolute Values and
The New Cultural Revolution
Fifteenth International Conference on
the Unity of the Sciences
November 28, 1986
J.W. Marriott Hotel,
True Love and the Unified World
Honorable Chairman, Committee Chairmen, Distinguished Professors,
Ladies and Gentlemen; I would like to express my sincere appreciation
to you for coming to this, the 15th International Conference on the
Unity of the Sciences. I know you have busy schedules.
My topic on this occasion is "True Love and the Unified
World" The fundamental cause of confusion in the world today is
the conflict between materialism and idealism (spiritualism), which is
the conflict between the side of goodness and the side of evil, which
in turn can be expressed as the confrontation between good God and evil
The hope of humankind is peace, and peace can only be realized
through unification. This means not only the unification of the world
but many other levels of unification; unification within each nation,
unification within each family, and unification within each individual.
Of these, the most important is the unification within the individual.
In considering all current unification movements of the world at any of
these levels, the name of Reverend Moon can not be dismissed.
In order to realize the world of peace which God desires, the
following must be accomplished.
First, the unification movement must achieve preeminence in the
realm of human thought. It must challenge and surpass all narrower
philosophical and religious views.
Second, unification movement must rise to the summit of scientific
technology, and then distribute that technology evenly throughout the
world. Up to the present day, technologically advanced America has
subordinated South America, while Europe has done the same to Africa.
In order to correct this, the level of scientific technology needs to
be equalized among all countries.
Third, this movement must deal with global economic problems.
Today the world is confronting an international monetary crisis. This
can be controlled if numerous conglomerates buy stock in and establish
a supra-national bank.
Fourth, it has to take preeminence in the realm of media. With the
Washington Times as the core, we are establishing preeminence in
the American print media, a field of more than 1,750 American
newspapers. By doing so we can include all fields of intelligence.
Today we have in this area surpassed the liberal New York Times
and Washington Post, and continually gaining important
confidential information not only from America but also from other
governments all over the world.
However, even if we stand on the summit in all the realms of
thought, scientific technology, economy and media, there remains yet
another problem. The problem is how to create (educate) a person to go
beyond nation and race. When someone takes responsibility for a
project, if he is American, he tends to employ all Americans for the
task; if he is English, he tends to employ only English; the French
employs French; etc.
Therefore, before the peace and unification of the world can be
contemplated, one must know how to educate a person so that they can
completely overcome their own sense of nationality in favor of the
world. Even communism, which has transformed half of the globe, cannot
rid itself of its own nationalist and racial inclinations, and is
reduced to "racial communism"
Turning to the question of God, in the latter half of the 20th
century the majority of the world's population has inclined toward a
humanistic outlook that denies God and has turned toward a form of
mammonism, while half the population has fallen under communism. which
is mere materialism. Philosophy, whose task it is to find God (absolute
truth), has failed, and religion, which is supposed to live with God,
has now lost God and become spiritless.
In the unification of the world, the crucial problem is man. Before
the unification of the world is possible, we must achieve the
unification of the nation and the unification of the family, and the
unification of the family must be preceded by the unification of the
individual man. Unification of the man means unity between the mind and
body. When the individual suffers, the family suffers also. When the
family suffers, the nation cannot help but suffer with it; and the same
with the nation and the world.
After all, a true man must be found, a true man whom humankind and
the universe cherish, and whom God can trust. Men like things which do
not change. Hence they like jewelry. People value the hardness of
diamonds, the luster of gold and the delicate color of pearls, all
because of their unchangeableness. This is also true in men. Precious
is the unchanging man. He is the true man. Therefore, all people want
unchanging parents, unchanging teachers, unchanging leaders and
Today, the majority of people do not recognize God. This is because
as individuals their minds and bodies are in conflict. On the other
hand, even those who initially do not recognize God, if they begin to
think that "something must be wrong in men,' will come to have a
different outlook and see that there may be a God. Then, coming across
such religious concepts as the fall and salvation, they could discover
When we discover God, it becomes clear to them what is
"public" and what is "private" That which is public
means that which is for the whole, and "private," that which
is for the self. When you reflect on yourselves calmly, you find
yourselves in a quandary between what is public and what is private.
Because of this, religion teaches us restraints such as fasting,
suffering, modesty and humility in order that the body, which is very
much inclined toward the "private" way of behaving, may be
restrained in favor of the mind, which is more "public" God
certainly exists. True man is he who resembles God. To realize the
world in which true men abound, not a human revolution but a
"revolution of character" in man must take place. This
character revolution is to transform men into true men who will come to
resemble God. This character revolution is to uplift men's character
and bring it closer to God's own character. God, who is already
omniscient and omnipotent, does not need any more knowledge, nor more
power, but even He needs His objects (of love), man and woman.
The sixteenth verse of the third chapter of the Gospel of John in
the Bible says "God so loved the world that He gave His
only son, Jesus ..." This means that God sent Jesus for the sake
of all mankind, not just for one particular denomination or church.
Therefore God covets sons and daughters who love the world with their
very life, as does God Himself. What God loves most is a culture of
love. What God wants every man and woman to be is not a rich man or a
scholar. He wants every man to be a loving man. In the Bible we come
across innumerable teachings concerning love; "Love thy
enemy," "Love thy neighbor," "Of faith, hope and
love, love is the greatest," to name only a few.
Do wives truly love their husbands? Do students truly love their
teachers? Do citizens truly love their countries? Ladies and Gentlemen,
do you know what is most precious to a man? It is woman. Likewise, what
is most precious to a woman is a man. The purpose of life, into which
we all are born, for a man is woman, and for a woman is man. Man and
woman are born to live for each other. The harmony of their body shapes
and of their organs of love are simply made so.
If you truly understand this fact, you have mastered more truth and
more precious wisdom than an entire encyclopedia. God, the Great King
of wisdom, has placed our organs of love in each other's custody. Thus
the true master of the organ of love which a man or woman possesses is
not that person at all, but is their loving spouse. Those husbands and
wives who are ignorant of this, and misuse what they have in an
undiscriminating way will surely meet the judgment.
By realizing this truth, husband and wife can attain harmony, and
their children will develop filial piety; the son of such a marriage
will grow up to be a loyal citizen, and the daughter a chaste wife.
They will grow further to become saints and eventually be the holy son
and daughter who belong to God.
Without finding mutual love between husband and wife, which is a
horizontal relationship, we cannot receive God's love, which is a
vertical relationship. If man had not fallen, heaven would have started
in the family, and the expansion of that family would be the population
of the world. Thus, the family is the training ground of love to
qualify men for heaven.
Only those who possess God's love can inherit the right of heaven
and earth. As for the question of which is first between life and love,
the answer is love. Love is the universe's first existence, and life,
which only begins as a result of love, is the second existence. In a
family, out of the love of the parents, children are born. Thus a child
inherits life from its parents, having been a part of his parents'
Once two parties are bound in the relationship of love, they come
to stand on an equal level. Since love comes from the other,
"live for the sake of others" is the highest
philosophical principle. God created man to be His own object; God
created him for the sake of the object, man himself. Man, therefore,
was likewise made to exist for the sake of God. However, as a result of
the fall, men have become self-centered, living for the sake of
themselves rather than for the sake of others.
Today's human society is corrupt, and philosophies are becoming
self-centered. To sweep away these philosophies, only God's love,
true love, can suffice. True love is the love to give and give without
expecting any return. Give and forget.
Once we maintain this relationship with God, we are given the
privileges of dominion, independence and inheritance. When we establish
God's realm of the object, and realize the glory of unchanging love, we
can justify eternal ethics centering on human love.
God, truly in a miserable and pitiful position, is still seeking
for His realm of the true object. Out of so many clergymen in this
country of America, God, recognizing me as an object of love, visited
me in prison to tell me to work on Nicaragua's crucial situation.
The unification of the world, including that of divided Korea, can
never be accomplished by military power. Unification becomes possible
only with God's love, a love which embraces the enemy countries as
I have practiced this ideal up to this day. In my ministry in
America, I have been teaching people of the mutually hostile countries
of World War II to love each other, Japanese and Korean, Japanese and
American, and American and German. Without our establishing a firm
tradition of being able to love the people of the enemy countries more
than one's own, the unification of the world will not become a reality.
And only God's love will enable one to love the enemy countries more
than his own.
To repeat, before the unification of the world can be achieved, the
unification of the country, the unification of the family, and the
unification of the individual must precede. The unification of the
individual, as I mentioned before, means the unity between the mind and
body in love. On this foundation husband and wife can achieve unity in
love, and unification of the country and the world will follow. Also,
this is the only way to realize a world of new civilization.
It is therefore my fervent wish that all the professors gathered
here will also strive for the unity of mind and body. Love your wife or
husband deeply, and thereby contribute to the unification of the world,
and the building of a world of new culture.
In closing, I hope that this conference will be a very fruitful one