REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
APPLY WISDOM TO THE
REALIZATION OF GOD'S IDEAL
Eighteenth International Conference
on the Unity of the Sciences
Farewell Banquet Speech
August 26, 1991
Your busy schedule of these past few days is now over, and now it's
time to bid farewell; I want to express my deepest gratitude to our
Conference Chairman, Dr. Alvin Weinberg, for his dedicated leadership
in the last three conferences. He has continued to raise the level of
ICUS to even greater standards of academic excellence.
I also want to thank our distinguished Vice Chairmen,Dr. Tor Ragnar
Gerholm, D. Michael Higatsberger, and Dr. Se Won Yoon, as well as all
Committee Chairpeople and participants. Your very intense discussions
and hard work during this conference have borne great fruit.
Mrs. Moon and I have been very happy to welcome you here to our
homeland of Korea, where you could experience the Korean countryside,
the warmth of the Korean people, and continue to forge bonds of
friendship across national and cultural boundaries in this radiant
Over the past twenty years, we truly have become the "ICUS family,"
composed of scholars seeking to make the world a more ideal place. On
each opportunity that we have to be together I have tried to share
with you something from my heart centered on the will of heaven. This
evening, I would like to share with you something about my thinking in
placing such importance on giving encouragement and support to the
Scholars serve humankind through their wisdom and knowledge. Scholars
enrich our lives and make them more convenient through their advances
in science and technology. But even more importantly, realize that
they have a mission to accomplish in realizing an ideal world of
In spite of the most earnest desires and fervent efforts of scholars,
and in spite of the fact that we have seen a revolutionary improvement
in our external material living conditions, humankind has yet to find
a way to escape from anxiety and chaos, or from crime and violence. We
find today that we need to develop deep wisdom concerning life, much
more than we need further quantitative increases in our share of
knowledge. Going one step further, we are in a position today where we
must apply our wisdom to the realization of God's Ideal of Creation.
We who have been born into a fallen world carry within ourselves an
original mind, that is, a mind that seeks to live forthrightly and to
serve others, and also another mind concerned only with our own
selfish gain and individual peace of mind. We have all experienced how
the exponents of these two minds contradict and oppose each other in
our daily lives.
It is God's desire that we follow our original mind in order to
fulfill His Will. If only you can control the impetuses of your
selfish mind, you will have true peace of mind and you will be able to
hear God speak to you with His intimate advice for you. When we come
to know the living God and form a heartistic relationship with Him, we
can possess the ecstatic happiness of being enveloped in the ideal of
God's true love.
Unlike knowledge, which is accumulated through a series of steps
involving research and study, wisdom is gained through spiritual
inspiration received as a result of God's blessing. People cannot
develop spiritual faculties of inspiration as long as they follow the
course indicated by their selfish minds.
I believe the greatest of all wisdom is to know the heart and ideal of
God. We in the ICUS family need to develop a forum for our common
efforts that will transcend the dimension of conventional research and
enable us to possess the wisdom of heaven. If this is accomplished, we
will be able to take a central responsibility in bringing about an
ideal world of peace that is the ideal of God and the common hope of
all humanity. God is eagerly awaiting scholars of good conscience who
will take on such a role. In view of the expectations that society
places on scholars and of the mission that scholars bear in the
education of our young people, it is clear that the role models that
you provide will have wide-spread influence.
I am deeply touched that you and many other scholars like you are
coming together to work for this noble cause, although you may not
share all of my ideas. I feel that God is pleased to see you pouring
out your wisdom and knowledge in service to the future of the world,
and I'm sure His blessing will continue to be upon your efforts.
We have made many important contributions over the past twenty years,
and I believe there is still much more that we must do. I will
continue to support your efforts. The world today way present us with
problems that seem beyond our capacities. As long as we root ourselves
in the spirit of God's true love, that is, the spirit of living for
others, our sacrificial efforts will serve as the primary force in
accomplishing a world of peace.
I am happy to announce that I have invited Dr. Tor Ragnar Gerholm to
become the Chairman of the next International Conference on the Unity
of the Sciences, which will be held one year from today, in August
1992, here in Seoul. The 19th ICUS will be a part of the great
festival of world culture, which you have heard me speak of before.
I am sure Dr. Gerholm will be calling upon your cooperation and
assistance in organizing next year's conference. I know you will give
him the same active cooperation that you have extended that you have
extended to Dr. Weinberg and other chairmen in the past. I look
forward to welcoming you, the members of the ICUS family, together
with the participants in the other cultural and athletic events that
will be held then.
God bless you all, your nations, your families and your work. May you
have a safe journey home and a prosperous year until we meet again
next year at the 19th ICUS here in Seoul. Thank you very much.