The Path to World Peace in
View of God's Will
Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon
The Search for Solutions to Critical Global Problems
Global Violence: Crisis and Hope
October 20, 2001
New York, NY
Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace
World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations
Honorable Chairman, world leaders representing various fields,
Ambassadors for Peace, leaders from the Interreligious and International
Federation for World Peace, leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations,
ladies and gentlemen.
Today, at this transitional point in human history, leaders from the
world over who are concerned about the future of humanity have gathered
here in mutual consideration of how to resolve the crisis facing the
Earth. The tragedies that took place in New York, Washington D.C. and
Pennsylvania on September 11 truly shocked the entire world. Along with
the concern over peace and safety, we came to reflect upon fundamental
and serious questions of modern civilization and future of humankind.
Resolving the Root of Conflict
Throughout history, human beings have continuously aspired for
world peace. However, that dream has never been realized. We can look
back at the end of the Cold War, at which time fierce political and
military conflicts and struggles concluded. Many people expected that
the long-awaited era of peace and stability would arrive based on the
foundation of highly developed science.
Nonetheless, we came to realize that conflict, hatred and selfish
desire are imbedded deeply within each of us and are still active. These
are creating ever more serious disasters in new shapes and forms. Violence
wreaked upon innocents is certainly an inhumane criminal act, and it
must be stopped. However, what can eradicate those inner conflicts and
struggles, and resolve the fundamental human problems at their root? Where
was the seed of hatred, conflict, and struggle sown, and how did it come
to be rooted deeply within us?
The seed was planted in the family of the first human ancestors,
Adam and Eve. The conflicts and struggles that resulted have continued
from generation to generation until the present time. Then, where is the
path to resolve those conflicts and realize peace on Earth? Historically,
human beings have been attempting to overcome conflict and pursue peace
through economic, political, diplomatic and military means. However,
such methods obviously do not provide fundamental solutions, as we are
still struggling with many unresolved problems.
There is but one fundamental way and it is simple. It is to restore
the family that the first human ancestors lost; that is, the ideal family
of God. That is the family with God at its center, the family that has
achieved perfection in true love both vertically and horizontally. God
exists as the Original Being of true love and the invisible True Parent
However, love cannot exist alone. It exists in relationships and it
can bear fruit only through relationships. That is why we were created
as God's children, through whom He sought to realize His true love.
The Three Blessings of God
The First Blessing of God to human beings, "be fruitful" (Genesis
1:28), called God's children to become the object partners of His true
love by becoming true persons. When we love someone, we want our object
partner to be better than ourselves. Thus, in love, God, as the Father,
wants His children to be better than Him. That is why God repeatedly
invests Himself in human beings, the object partners of His love, and
nevertheless constantly forgets about what He has already given and
desires infinitely to give love more and more. This is so because love
has its origin in the desire to live for the sake of others for eternity.
God then bestowed the Second Blessing, "multiply," (Genesis 1:28). The
first human ancestors were to have grown to maturity as the children
of God. After having reached perfection, as one with God in heart, they
were to have become True Husband and Wife. Then, they were to have become
substantial True Parents to their children, inheriting and passing on
true love, true life and true lineage from God.
As such, God's ideal of creation was to perfect true love both
vertically and horizontally, beginning in the first family of our common
ancestors. Since God's love is absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal,
that family also was to have become the absolute, unique, unchanging and
eternal family, centered on true love. Human beings would have become
substantial embodiments of love, totally united with God in heart. They
would have enjoyed perfect freedom, happiness and the realization of
Then they would have become the Lords of true love whom all beings in
the universe would have loved and welcomed. This was God's Third Blessing
(Genesis 1:28). This is the Blessing to create a living environment in
which we can experience joy and happiness, having dominion over the
creation. This includes the care for and preservation of the world's
ecological balance as true masters of the creation.
Not Power or Knowledge, but True Love
Tragically, our human ancestors could not inherit the Three Blessings
of God and establish the family of true love. That means they failed to
become true persons, true spouses, true parents, and true Lords centered
on true love. Instead, they disobeyed God, and He expelled them from
the Garden of Eden. As the fallen human ancestors, they became false
spouses to each other, with false love that has nothing to do with God's
Blessings. They gave birth to children and those children multiplied to
populate the world of today.
Since the fall at the beginning of human history, human beings
have not been born on the foundation of true love, in the attendance
of God. Instead, we have lived in conflict and struggle between our
own mind and body. This conflict manifested as a tragedy of hatred and
murder between two brothers, Cain and Abel, in the first family. That
was the miserable reality of a family that left God.
A family built upon the basis of human relationships alone cannot
become a family of the original ideal of creation. An ideal family must
connect to God vertically and have a true person as its pivot. Under the
true love of true parents, among siblings who own and share a common
vertical pivot, the family finally can establish the relationships of
ultimate harmony and peace. We can experience true love within an ideal
family that bears good fruit. The family is the original and best school
of love. Power or knowledge can never create true love.
The Loss of God's Blessings
Honorable world leaders! What do you feel when you look at the reality
of human society and at the youth of the contemporary world? Do you feel
hope for a bright future? I believe that you experience agony over the
increasing rates of crime, violence, drug abuse, immorality, corruption,
teen pregnancy and so forth. These arise out of a confusion of values
and foretell darkness enveloping our youth.
How did we arrive at this point? Better school systems and social
improvements would have delayed the onset of these problems, but these
endeavors do not address the fundamental cause of these problems, which
is the breakdown and loss of families. This breakdown is a product of
the time we are in, a time when humankind is harvesting the fruit sown
by the loss of the first family of true love.
The destruction of the foremost school of true love leads to
the phenomena of family breakdown, with enormously destructive side
effects. This breakdown not only causes personal anxiety but also
leads to manifold problems on the national and worldwide levels. Of
particular concern is the emotional instability of youth, which leads
to changing life goals, spiritual wandering, and even deviation from
World leaders who are concerned over the future must take very
seriously the real problems of youth avoiding marriage, rampant divorce,
and so forth, which destroy the fundamental foundation for families.
Having lost the First and Second Blessings, humankind does not
understand how important it is to perfect one's individuality. As a true
individual we can experience sacred and eternal conjugal love. Most
of today's youth are not educated in a thoroughgoing way about the
importance of keeping purity before marriage and reaching individual
maturity through true love. Thus they do not understand the value of
true love, which is the fundamental root of joy, happiness and all ideals.
The tendency to make light of trust and fidelity between husband and
wife, and to ignore the sacredness of marriage, is an internal cause of
indescribable disasters and tragedies for humankind.
True love has no place in the so-called free sex culture, in which
people seek only the physical love between a man and a woman as the
cardinal but momentary pleasure. The rapid spread of HIV-AIDS and other
sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) threatens the very existence of
the human race. It is said that there is no safety zone against the
A greater terrorism than that over which the entire world is now
trembling is before our eyes, allowing us no safety zone. Once contracted,
its victims must give up their dreams for happiness, ideals, and life
itself. Unless we resolve this catastrophe plaguing our planet, how can
we claim that we are world leaders?
Nor have we taken responsibility for the Third Blessing endowed by
God, to "have dominion over the creation." This requires that we take
care of all creatures with true love. What would happen if the natural
world were to rebel against the abuse and misuse it suffers at the hands
of human beings who lord over it? Are not those symptoms beginning to
appear? Before the natural world punishes our intolerable arrogance, we
should stand before nature in true love as people of restored integrity.
Steps to World Peace
Respected world leaders! Now is the time for humanity to voluntarily
repudiate pride, ignorance, selfishness and hatred. Let us follow the
laws of Heaven and humble ourselves before God.
Ever since God called me at the tender age of 16, I have committed
myself totally to the realization of world peace, which has been God's
deepest wish. And at this time, I would like to set forth several
crucial steps that are necessary for us to take in order to bring peace
to the world.
First, we must live for the sake of others. A self-centered life
not only causes discomfort to others, but also violates the laws of
Heaven. Living for the sake of others, on the other hand, is the way we
can resemble God. Loving our family, our community, our nation and the
world is the way to inherit God's true love. It is the way to live in
accord with the fundamental order of the universe.
Only through practicing true love can we become true individuals,
true parents, true teachers and true Lords. Only then can we finally
become the leaders who can bring about peace on Earth. A life of living
for the sake of others is the first gate to peace.
The path to peace ultimately must be based on "Godism" or "Head-Wing
Ideology," the teaching that can reconcile and embrace all sides
in a conflict, from the thought to the fruit, by dealing with the
starting-point of conflict in the relationship between Cain and Abel.
How can we break the chain of hatred and violence we perpetrate
against one another? Returning hatred in response to hatred only leads
to more hatred, terror and destruction. This is certainly not the path
to peace. We can touch, embrace and educate conflicting parties only by
true love. True love that places God in the center disregards national
boundaries; therefore it is international.
True love transcends the high walls dividing religions and races;
therefore it is interreligious and inter-racial. True love centered on
God's ideal of living for the sake of others can generate the power to
touch a person's heart and spirit. By true love alone can the various
reasons and causes of conflicts on Earth be overcome, whether the
confrontation is between right and left, front and rear, above and
below, or inner and outer. By true love alone can we establish a world
of eternal peace.
Marriage as an Instrument of Peace
Second, the family is the fundamental unit for building peaceful
nations and ultimately a peaceful world. As I already mentioned, the root
of conflict originated in the first family. Therefore, until the family
of the True Parents appears, it is impossible for us to enter the era of
world peace. The international Blessings that I promote worldwide are
not the wedding ceremony of a particular religion. They are a movement
to save all nations and the world.
We teach youth to keep their purity before marriage and, when they
reach adulthood, to marry under the Blessing of God. However, as a
condition to receive the marriage Blessing, they first must pledge to
their spouse that they will maintain absolute trust and fidelity as
husband and wife. Thus, the Blessing is a holy movement to build true
families and lift up true parents who live centered on true love.
Families built upon such an ideal and such an education have no
need to feel threatened by the AIDS virus. For them, preventing AIDS
is easier than preventing a cold or flu. If we educate the youth of the
world in this vision and practice it, we will completely eliminate the
AIDS epidemic. We will eliminate the scourge of family breakdown as well.
Further, these families of true love will serve as the cornerstone
for peaceful nations and a peaceful world. In particular, if individuals
of enemy nations, who have lived in discord throughout history, come
together in true love as in-laws, their reconciliation will bring nations
and races together. It is a high wall to overcome.
Nevertheless, here is the supreme formula for bringing true peace to
the world: bring together children from enemy families and nations for
the "Exchange Marriage Blessing." These interreligious and international
families can build a realm of Blessing, perfecting true families of true
love that both Heaven and Earth desire. From that point will begin the
world of eternal peace that God and all humankind have desired.
A Challenge to Religious Leaders
Third, inter-religious reconciliation and cooperation is an essential
condition for world peace. I have campaigned tirelessly for interreligious
harmony and dialogue. I always have devoted a far greater proportion
of my funds for that purpose than for the growth and development of the
Do you think that practicing such sacrificial love with an unchanging
heart is easy? By no means! But we cannot expect world peace unless
religious people reconcile and cooperate. World peace is the original
ideal of God.
Therefore, religious leaders and believers should be the guides
who lead people to peace. If religions only emphasize narrow-minded
denominationalism and fail to teach true love for God and the universe,
we will never free humankind from the horrors of war. In the face
of this global crisis, religious leaders have to practice true love,
humbly following God's Will, walking hand in hand beyond the boundaries
of their own religion.
The inner power of religion touches our hearts and can recreate us as
people of peace. It can cultivate our ability to practice self-control
from within. It can overcome historical hatreds and resentments among
us. This is the root from which arises true peace and stability.
If religions demonstrate love for each other, cooperate with each
other, and serve each other, putting the higher ideal of peace ahead of
particular doctrines, rituals and cultural backgrounds, the world will
Beyond National Self-Interest
Fourth, I once again emphasize the proper role of the United Nations
in realizing world peace. As a representative organization for world
peace, the United Nations has made many contributions.
Last year, I presented my proposals to solve the fundamental problems
plaguing the planet Earth, given that the world's circumstances have
changed and the complex situations in which nations find themselves
today are unlike those at the time of the United Nations' founding.
One of these proposals was to establish a special body that would
discuss and evaluate the religious, spiritual and moral dimensions
of world problems. The United Nations must serve the world and God's
ideal of creation effectively. To do so, it must transcend the power of
politics and national diplomacy, which reflect the motives of nations
seeking their own self-interest. Only then can it truly protect the
human rights of all peoples and nations and build world peace.
This is not limited to the United Nations. Maintaining order in the
world and protecting public prosperity and peace will be difficult as
long as political sovereignty operates on the principle of national
self-interest and ignores or undermines moral and spiritual values.
What is required is that high-level leaders ground themselves
spiritually and morally upon God's ideal and govern according to universal
principles. No political power or earthly authority should stand above
God and the laws of Heaven.
Moreover, the United Nations should to listen to and embrace many of
the views of the Non-Governmental Organizations. This is the reason we
established WANGO. I encourage all NGOs, while not losing your original
founding spirit, to dialogue and cooperate with one another. I request
that you continue serving the world, be unselfish and stay free of
Our Historical Quest
Respected world leaders! A person who only talks about world peace
without practicing it is not a true leader. Given the current world
situation, we cannot leisurely wait for the arrival of world peace while
sitting down. Each of us, the Ambassadors for Peace and everyone else,
must create world peace by all means. Let us all take active roles as
leaders in the movement for peace.
I wish and hope that, centered on the Peace Embassies, all
international organizations including the United Nations will participate
actively in the movement for world peace and ideal nation. It is our
International organizations: let us be united as one in mind and
heart. Let us become pioneers for world peace, by first building ideal
families of true love and living for the sake of others.
May God bless you forever. Thank you very much.