REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE WAY TO WORLD PEACE
Federation for World Peace Founder's Address
Little Angels Performing Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
August 28, 1991
Today, upon the founding of The Federation for World Peace, I am very
honored and pleased by the presence of such distinguished leaders of
the world. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for coming and for
making this ceremony most memorable.
From the beginning of human history until the present time there has
never been a period when people did not long for lasting peace, nor
has there ever been a person who did not wish deeply in his heart for
true peace during his lifetime.
Yet, contrary to the desires of all people and in spite of our great
achievements, humanity has yet to secure world peace. Quite the
contrary has been the case. At no time has human life been free of war
and bloodshed. Why is this so?
In contemporary history mankind has experienced two world wars.
In 1914 with the assassination of an Austrian archduke at Sarajevo in
Bosinia, the first world war was ignited. Eventually this war engulfed
the whole of Europe. Sixteen nations were involved. In the end at
least 30 million men and women were either dead or wounded. It was
Europe's worst tragedy.
The inhumanity and severity of this war caused world leaders to
acutely realize the need to strive for world peace at all costs, to
end all wars. On the wave of this genuine desire for peace and longing
for the improvement of human welfare President Woodrow Wilson of the
United States spearheaded the founding of the League of Nations.
Although the League handled over forty political disputes with varying
degrees of success, its inability to resolve major crises between the
powers eventually determined its failure. Sadly, President Wilson
could not even bring the United States to participate in the League,
and his noble dream for peace failed. The world's ardent desire to put
an end to war remained unfulfilled.
Less than 20 years after the ending of World War l mankind faced
another cataclysmic war. At that time, World War ll engulfed not only
the Atlantic Region but the Pacific Region as well. Many more millions
of human beings were the victims of war, suffering injury,
destruction, and death. Only after the atomic bomb was used against
Japan did this most tragic world war come to an end.
Once more world leaders were alarmed and anguished. They sought to
find a means to prevent the world from again becoming a living hell by
war. The fruit of their efforts was the United nations which was
inaugurated on April 25th, 1945 in San Francisco. The history of the
United Nations has thus spanned 46 years until this time.
Yet, has the United Nations been able to alleviate the tragedy of war?
Is humanity living in peace? Unfortunately the answer to these
questions is no. Even after the founding of the United Nations, wars
have continued to break out. There have been more than 60 wars and
skirmishes since the end of World War ll, including the Korean War,
the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. The tragic cycle of human
destruction continues as before.
Why is peace so difficult to achieve? Today we are gathered together
for the inauguration of The Federation for World Peace. Before we
proceed, however, bearing in mind the previous record of mankind, we
must think deeply and analyze accurately as to why peace is so
difficult to achieve. Without knowing the causes of war, without a
deep analysis of the past, we may very well repeat past history, and
the noble goals and ambitions of this Federation would remain
Ladies and gentlemen, up until this time people have longed for and
anguished for peace without having a true philosophy of peace. Without
this philosophy of peace, there can be no true methodology for
The fundamental reason that peace has constantly eluded mankind is
rather simple yet profound. Human beings have lost their relationship
with God. Because of that, they have lost the ability to attain true
peace. Since that time, men and women have repeatedly tried to restore
peace, but have met with failure after failure because they have been
trying without God. This is the fundamental error mankind has been
committing. This is the real reason why we have not yet achieved
God is the source of true love and true peace. Yet in the world which
God created, the inhabitants are pitted against each other in war and
mutual killing. This is completely paradoxical.
God created man in his own image. Furthermore, God created man as a
holy temple in which He, God Himself, wanted to dwell. Suppose each
individual were a perfected temple of God so that each individual was
living every minute of every day with the spirit of God dwelling
within him. In this situation could man war against man?
In the original world of God's creation men struggling against men
would be something like your right hand fighting against your left
hand, or even more, your own hand pulling out your own eyes. In other
words, in the ideal world of creation it would be impossible to have
war among men. In this world, people would only be capable of loving
each other and harmonizing together. The only challenge would be in
competing in ways to glorify our Creator better and further.
No matter how large the population of this world, it should still
function like one person's body. In one human body, as you know, there
are many billions of cells. Although each cell has its own
individuality, among them there is not contradiction. Likewise, each
individual in the original world would become a temple of God, and God
would dwell in the hearts of everyone. How can God, dwelling in each
person, engender a contradiction among men? It would be impossible.
In such a world there would be no conflict, no misunderstanding. There
would only be harmony, cooperation and mutual assistance. There would
be unity among people in the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty.
This is truly the world of peace which man seeks. This world would
reflect the nature of God, whose primary characteristic is
unselfishness unselfish love, unselfish peace. In religious terms this
is called the Kingdom of God on Earth. The basis of such a world is
the worldview of Godism, or the headwing ideology.
If God is Almighty, He is certainly capable of realizing a world of
peace and happiness for all humanity. If this type of world could not
be achieved, then we would be forced to conclude that there is no God.
At the dawn of human history, when God began to realize His world,
something tragic happened. Our first human ancestors lost God.
God created one man and one woman to be the beginning point of
humankind. In religious terms they are called Adam and Eve.
Tragically, at the outset of human history they committed sin, not
allowing God to dwell in them, and they were expelled by God from His
Kingdom. At that very moment, with their departure from God, man and
woman failed to achieve their potential, and were unable to become
temples of God. At that moment peace was lost. Instead they became the
temples of Satan, whose characteristic is selfishness.
Since this occurred at the very start of human history with the very
first human ancestors, all their descendants up to the present
generations have grappled with the arduous task of finding God.
Without the knowledge of God as our True Father and the understanding
that all humankind are true brothers and sisters, men have become each
other's enemies. Originally if you were to hurt someone else, it would
be the same as hurting yourself, since the same God is dwelling in
both. But humankind has become spiritually darkened. Under the present
tragic conditions when one kills his own brother he feels no pain.
Furthermore, to make things worse, since man has become the dwelling
place of Satan, he is aware only of himself and not the whole. The
natural result if the manifestation of selfishness from the level of
the individual to the family, society nation and world.
With this limited outlook, when someone's own interest or profit is
violated, he is ready to fight. War is thus inevitable. This is the
real reason for war on every level.
Then what does God intend to do with this fallen world? God is living
and God is Almighty. As I said, God is a God of love.
God, our Creator, has a Will. That Will is to restore this world into
the world of true peace. In other words, He will restore the world of
His original nature and ideal by re-creating the present world.
For this reason, there is hope for true peace in the future. God's
Will is to eradicate selfishness from each individual, then transform
or re-create that person into His own temple, and make all men holy.
For this reason true world peace between nations begins not at the
national level, but with the perfection of the individual. Each person
is perfected by becoming the temple of God. This is where world peace
is germinated. Each one of you, ladies and gentlemen, is the true
beginning point of world peace.
Since the Fall of Man, there has been a constant war going on within
each of us. It is an inevitable consequence of the Fall of Man that
there is continuous struggle and conflict going on within ourselves
between mind and body, and between the desire for good and the desire
Originally mind and body were to be one.. The mind and body were to be
one. The human mind represents God's mind. The human body is to be a
container to accommodate the mind, or a dwelling place for the mind.
Separation came between these two when the Fall of Man occurred.
The Fall of Man resulted in the body coming under the domain of Satan
or selfishness. Thus tragically the human body has become the servant
On the other hand, the human conscience is the agent of God in the
individual person. One's conscience does not exist for the benefit of
oneself. The conscience is planted by God for the sake of
righteousness. Thus, the conscience always strives toward goodness and
unselfishness. Yet the body rebels against this conscience. The body
only seeks after comforts and tends to act selfishly, going after
carnal desires. The conscience in turn is trying to chastise the body
and direct it toward the mind. This is why there is always inevitable
conflict and struggle within one's self.
This is the reason why the traditional religions of the world
unanimously teach the principle of chastisement of the body through
fasting, prayer, and other disciplines doing things the body does not
want to do. Religion is the training ground where the desire of the
body is suppressed, thus bringing the body to the will of the mind.
For this reason religion has been the instrument of God to bring men
back into the original ideal.
However, no one is capable of dominating his body without uniting with
God within himself. The only power that enables the mind to have
dominion over the body is that generated by the unity of the mind with
God's truth and love. Mind is subject and body is object. God's love
and truth have the power to bring them together into one harmonious
person. This is what religion defines as a man of perfection or a holy
God-centered men and women in perfection are called men and women of
goodness. These good men and women may receive God's blessing of
marriage and be united into a couple of husband and wife. This will be
the beginning of one ideal family of men on the face of the earth.
This model family is what God wanted to have as a building block of
the society, nation and world.
There is an old saying in the Orient that "once peace is dwelling in
the family, everything goes right." A happy and harmonious family is a
family of peace and the foundation of the heavenly kingdom.
The dynamic of the family is true love. You must love God first, then
love your husband or wife and your children with truly pure and
sacrificial love. This is the manifestation of true love. God created
love as the supreme force in the universe. He has created nothing
greater in this universe. True love is supreme.
True love, of course, originates from God. God has invested
everything, every ounce of His energy, for the creation of all things
and mankind. Love is the only thing that when invested fully, returns
fully. When you invest true love, no attrition occurs. It will
multiply and prosper. Investing 10 per cent of true love will yield or
return 120 per cent. One might think that those who practice true love
would become poor and miserable, yet the end result is to the
contrary. By practicing true love you will acquire prosperity and
This kind of family of true love becomes the foundation for creating a
society, nation and world. That society, nation and world shall be
true-love centered, and shall become ideal and peaceful. There you
will find harmony instead of contradiction. You will find
understanding instead of misunderstanding. You will find unity instead
of division. You will find unselfishness instead of selfishness. This
is the society, nation and world where sacrifices and good service
become the dominant virtues. The realization of the ideal of God is
the way to achieve the ideal of true peace in the world.
When the Bible says that God sought to create human beings in "His own
image," this means that the invisible God wanted to manifest Himself
into a visible form. In other words, men and women would have become
the personifications of God.
If the first man and woman had realized the ideal of God they would
have become the first visible form of God and created the first family
of man. Then God-centered children and grandchildren would have formed
an ideal society, nation and world. In this case the invisible God
would become the vertical True Parents of man centering upon true
love, and the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, would have become the
horizontal True Parents of mankind centering upon that same true love.
Centered upon these True Parents of man, humanity would have become
one family eternally fulfilling true brotherhood.
however, the fall of Adam and Eve meant that humanity lost True
Parents. That day we became orphans. Brothers turned into enemies. As
a result, nations came to develop antagonistic relationships rather
than friendly ones. Accusations abound on every level
In the final fulfillment of human history, therefore, God's work of
restoration is the restoration of True Parents first, liberating
humanity from its orphan status. Today this is the central
dispensational work of God to bestow True Parents upon mankind, to
create the original family of man centering on God and true love.
Ladies and gentlemen, today's creation of the Federation for World
Peace must be different from that of the League of Nations and the
United Nations. Most important is that we must found this organization
upon the true ideal and philosophy of lasting peace as well as the
ideal of True Parents. In the final analysis, peace in God and with
God is the newest level of awakening. This is therefore a refreshing
new beginning toward the attainment of peace. The exclusion of God
from human efforts for peace is the core reason for their failure.
Therefore we shall make God the center of this movement and the
dynamics of this movement will be true love.
For men and women who are fervently longing for world peace, today's
gathering is a historical gathering. There are many presidents and
former presidents here today, as well as prominent religious leaders
and leaders from every walk of life. This is truly a rare and
extraordinary assembly. Furthermore, there are leaders from the East
bloc and the West bloc. Until recently, those leaders were mired in
the Cold War and locked in a chilling confrontation. In this
auditorium however there is no East no West. Everyone is gathered
together in one spirit of cooperation and reconciliation.
On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall finally came tumbling down. Ever
since that event we have been living in a different world. The world
is moving quickly toward reformation, change, mutual understanding and
friendship. Everyone today feels acutely that the mood of the world is
opening up to the blossoming opportunity of peace.
If you agree that the principles I have expounded are the fundamental
criteria for peace, then true peace is reachable and achievable. The
industrialized North must reach out to help liberate the South from
pervasive impoverishment. The developed nations must reach out with a
helping hand toward the developing countries and the new democracies.
Each nation's attitude must be changed from a selfish one to an
unselfish one. That in itself is a revolution. Nations can do this
when leaders see from the position of parents. The most unselfish and
sacrificial love of all is the love of parents. From that perspective,
one can see that all nations are brother and sister nations. Then a
fresh new vision emerges and new opportunities will open up in front
It has already been announced that in September North Korea and South
Korea together will become member nations of the United Nations. This
is another significant positive development toward the achievement of
world peace. Then the number of member nations of the UN will reach
163 countries. What should be the priority of those 163 countries in
the days to come?
The time of colonialism is over, where the powerful nations exploited
the weakest ones. The law of the jungle and Herbert Spencer's
"survival of the fittest" do not apply in our world. The age of the
superpower arms race that drove the world and humanity into fear and
uncertainty has also passed; humanity ought to be liberated from the
devastating threat of nuclear arms. What time is it in God's
timetable? This is the time that the Holy Scriptures refer to as that
of "beating our swords into plowshares."
This is the time for developing mutual trust based on a high moral
standard. It is a time when all the member nations of the United
Nations with a relationship of mutual respect and love should jointly
declare one final war against our common enemies the scourges of
hunger, ignorance, disease and crime.
This is in God's plan. From this time on, the definition of "my
country" will expand. Although everyone has their home country where
their family lives, in a larger sense, the world now becomes "my
country" because it is where God my Father and my brothers and
sisters all the people of the world live.
From this point-of-view, advanced nations should seek to share high
technology with the developing nations and new democracies. To do
otherwise would be a moral crime. Things which are good and beneficial
must be shared among all nations. When a new discovery is made, it
should benefit all nations. If something is good for humanity and the
world we must fulfill it transcendent of national boundaries. For a
long time, I have been fighting for equal opportunity in the use of
high technology by all developing nations.
Ladies and gentlemen, your coming to this place is not an accident.
Nothing happens by accident. I feel you are ordained to be here. You
are chosen by God as champions of peace.
Within our lifetime we shall commemorate the year 2000. That year will
be history's new turning point. A new era is unfolding. With the
cooperation of God and man together the twenty-first century will be a
century of peace. In order to make that happen we shall work
tirelessly together for the next nine years. If we do, we shall be
able to eliminate all obstacles that might hinder the attainment of
The twenty-first century shall be a righteous century. In the
twenty-first century wealth will not be the dominating factor. Instead
the human spirit and human soul shall be dominant. The twenty-first
century shall be the era of unity between God and man. It shall be the
era where a new awakening will come to every man a realization that
he shall benefit himself more when he genuinely lives for the sake of
others. In the twenty-first century selfishness will decline. Life,
honor, and glory based on unselfishness shall be triumphant. These are
the characteristics of the coming twenty-first century.
The era for peace is approaching. Even the opportunity for the Kingdom
of Heaven on earth is closer. The twenty-first century shall be a
hopeful and glorious century. TO make this happen, the Federation for
World Peace will provide the ideal and philosophy to educate the
world's population. The Federation will assist spiritually, mentally,
and financially in the development of needy nations. The Federation
will set a high moral standard and take up a dynamic role in building
a world of peace.
Ladies and gentlemen, you are the apostles of peace. A bright new hope
as well as an exciting new future is awaiting us. Today we should
fervently feel the desire to fulfill the great mission that is being
bestowed upon us.
In order to achieve this sacred duty and the historic responsibility
of building lasting peace, we should dedicate our lives, our fortunes,
and our sacred honor with total commitment. The very first item on our
agenda shall be to invite God into our individual hearts, and those of
our family, society, nation and world. When God is with us, who shall
be against us?
Respected friends, my beloved brothers and sisters, we are called to
this sacred mission the building of world peace. Our noble march shall
begin today toward that glorious future. Let us build a true world of
peace together with God.