Way Of Unification (Part 1)
by Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Section 5. Explanation Of Materialism (Part 1)
1. Marxism And The Limitation Of His Philosophy
Who is Karl Marx? Is he a saint? Marx cannot belong among the ranks of saints. As you know, saints are not the ones who lived centered on humans. Those who insist on centering on humans cannot be saints. (41:69)
Philosophy says that the troublemaker is man. Advocators of philosophy have always raised trouble in history. In the case of Marxism, Marx played the major role in developing his philosophy to the worldwide level. This he did in order to absorb all other systems of thought into the realm of his own thought. Human beings became the center in the development of thought. Accordingly, under the influence of Marxism, the culture of the world became centered on humans. In combining societies centered on humans, what has played the major role internally in today's world is philosophical trends like Marxism. However, the way of the saint is not like that. For saints, the center of life is not human beings but God. This is how they differ from those who support Marxism. Therefore, anyone who does not promote God as the center cannot belong to the ranks of saints. (40:33)
Marxism and similar theories today are nothing but a sort of philosophy. Philosophy starts from the individual. The origin of philosophy is human's knowledge; it does not emerge from a relationship with God, who is the origin of life. Philosophy tends to focus on the existing human nature, rather than pursue the origin of life, when trying to understand what it means to be a human being. The origin of life is pursued not by philosophy but by religion. (41:69)
There was a time when philosophy tried to find God, but it failed. By giving up on finding God, philosophy fell into humanism, which humans like the most. This humanism then fell further, into materialism, which insists that material is the best. (Dec. 18, 1985)
What leads today's trend of thought? Philosophy. However, philosophy has nothing to do with true life. You have to know that. Philosophy is not in the position to solve the problems of life. Philosophy can be the object of knowledge and life, but it cannot decide the contents of life. In this sense, philosophy cannot save lives. Saints are not philosophers. What did saints do? Even though they taught knowledge and the way of life, their teaching was not a tactic to dominate the world. Their teaching was different from philosophy's. The more one knows knowledge, the more one tries to dominate the world. Western philosophy is the philosophy of domination. The more one knows, the more he tries to dominate by going beyond himself. Such a person tries to change the world centering on himself. Even though such a person goes forward for the sake of the world, the problem is that he does it centering on himself. Because of this, his direction results in materialism. Therefore, the important thing is what the center is. Since philosophy cannot solve the fundamental problems of human life, it has just the value of objects. (40:330)
2. Two Great Trends Of Thought
The world of mind began before you were born. Your environmental world also started before you were born. Then, did the universe emerge without any purpose? (No!) Even for this piano here to be made, there must have been a reason. You may not know how the piano was made, but because some harmonious purpose and effort were invested in it, the piano could be made. That is, because some investment was made, the piano could emerge as a result of that investment. Therefore, material things are not the cause but the result.
When you are born, which comes first: the origin of the mind, or the origin of matter? When you are born, there is the world as well as the mind. Which existed first? That matter existed first cannot be asserted. Regarding the problem of which came first between matter and mind, two great trends of thought have been argued in history. If you have no mind, can you say, "I am going"? (No.) You think first, and then you do something. When it comes to eating food, can you just be eating food? No, your thinking comes first, and then you go eat. In this sense, which comes first? The internal part, thinking, comes first. Then, which is stronger between the body's desire and the mind's desire? The desire of the body has a limit; for example, a person's appetite is satisfied after eating sufficient food. However, the desire of mind has no limitation. It reaches out, going beyond any limitations. You can know this clearly in your lives. (27:55)
The history of human beings has developed toward a certain purpose. The necessary means of accomplishing that purpose is thought and theory. That which is centered on matter is called materialism, and that which is centered on the mind is called idealism. The democratic world has developed centering on religion and culture, which are in the realm of idealism. However, the world is still struggling between materialism and idealism. (20:302)
What kinds of worldviews exist today? The materialistic view and the idealistic view. These two are in conflict. Can they become one? No, that is impossible. Human beings consist of mind and body. The mind cannot be analyzed and managed by the realistic method. The world of the mind cannot be understood by the material world. However, even though the world of the mind seems not to have any concrete substance, it can control the world of reality. In this sense, while the material world can be analyzed by the internal world of the mind at the highest level, the world of the mind cannot be analyzed and resolved by the material world, because its level is very low. (28:15 1)
Today's world is divided into two camps: the Left and the Right, or materialism and idealism. These two will confront each other head on one day in the near future. When they do, will that be a moment of joy, or horror? That is the problem. If horror surrounds their confrontation, then the world will face death. On the other hand, if they meet in joy, the world will be happy. If they try to establish one world system through threat and horror, then the world will end. On the other hand, if they try to unite into one through peace and joy, then the world can live forever. (9:319)
The mind is inclined to pursue the highest ideal. It tries to reach up to God. The body is the tool to realize our ideal. However, to realize our ideal requires effort, endurance, and self-sacrifice. There is tension between what the body pursues and what the mind pursues. While the mind is looking for the world of faith, the body is looking for the world of reason. Because of this, two conflicting views developed in human history. Because one view is rational and external, it emphasizes the superiority of the body. For example, physical satisfaction, physical beauty, and interest in science require the physical reality. The other view, centered on religious tradition, emphasizes value that goes beyond the body. The law of the mind, value, and God's revelation, which are of the realm of the mind, cannot be the object of scientific verification. These two views, which we can see in our lives, are the origin of two ideologies in today's world.
The democratic world, or free world, started from religious tradition and developed. The foundation for the modern concept of democracy can be traced to the Bible passage, "God created man in His image." This means that because human beings are children of God, the democratic world respects them. And it grants them the maximum possibility of choice because human behavior cannot have value unless it is freely expressed. On the other hand, communism is the result of a more external, secular trend of thought. After studying the French Revolution and the Enlightenment, Marx insisted on reconstructing society through violence by doing away with faith in God and applying the sociological method. Marx's sociological method is based on denying the existence of God. However, what is the result of Marxism in history? Although some people still support it, Marxism, which reigned for 70 years in the Soviet Union, has ended up a tragic failure. Some 1.5 million people's lives were sacrificed through false charges in order to establish a strong system of communism, but the world of justice and prosperity that Marx promised cannot be found in communist society. The countries that support the two great ideologies are confronting each other, and all mankind is threatened by a horrible destructive power that the world could never imagine. (166:130)
1) The Course of Historical Development and Communism
Those who have shaped history in the past centuries have been people with good minds, namely intellectuals. If we compare historical eras to parts of the human body, we could say this was the era of the head. But in the period surrounding the first and second world wars, militarists, namely people with power, influenced the world, ushering in another era -- the era of the fist. Now we are entering another era centering on the farmers and workers-the era of the foot. In order for heaven to reclaim everything from Satan's world, history had to develop in that way. In other words, human history is God's history of the providence for restoration.
Many people with good minds stood on Heaven's side and, most intellectuals from the democratic world who lead the free world today, including America, are people who believe in God. Now, little by little, Satan is being robbed of his head and body and, finally, he will be kicked out altogether. When humankind, who had been trampled underfoot by Satan, was snatched back by God, Satan faced the inevitable destiny of being eliminated in front of God. As Satan could no longer be attended by humankind, he founded the atheistic ideology Of Communism, with the intention of preventing humankind from attending God, too. You all need to know that. For this reason we can now see the worldwide phenomena of separation which is due to Satan. There is separation within the head and within the hand. The head symbolizes God and it can be called the information organ of the body. The organs that observe all things are in the head. Through the seven openings of the face, namely the mouth, the nostrils, the eyes and the ears, the world is perceived. Through this network of intelligence, which represents the number seven, Satan and evil things are to be completely cut off. Therefore, Satan is using his final means in order to escape.
Satan, who once opposed God, now acknowledges God. But now, in this era of the Last Days where Satan has had to reveal his true identity, he endeavors to deny himself and God so that neither will be worshipped. Communism is such an ideology. Also, Communism is an ideology that tries to prevent humankind from returning to God. Communists hold meetings at night. Secret directions and secret details are all decided on at night. They also meet under the ground. On the contrary, the democratic world does all these things in the daytime. Therefore the Communist Party is a movement whose aim is global Communization, making the whole world satanic. God is destined to govern the world, but because the satanic force of Communism has emerged, whose aim is to rule the world instead, God has a big headache.
2) The True Character of Materialism.
Now God and Satan are fighting over humankind. The Bible states that Satan seized authority in heaven and is ruler of the earth. Therefore God had to reclaim the sovereignty of heaven and of earth. For a long time prior to the First World War, Heaven had possessed the spiritual world. Since Heaven owned the spiritual world, Satan had to come down to earth, and with the onset of the war, an era began in which God and Satan struggled over global power. Deprived of the global spiritual world, Satan mobilized the world to oppose the heavenly world. What does that mean? The global cultural sphere of Christianity and the cultural sphere of Satan began fighting each other. Also in the spiritual world, centering on the cultural sphere of Christianity, there was a struggle against Satan. In the same way there is a global struggle on earth between the spiritual God who is united with the Christian countries and Satan who is united with countries opposing Christianity.
Because this world was under his dominion, Satan was able to muster the intellectual elite and upper classes to join together in opposing God. That fight took place prior to the First World War. It was a time when the upper class, which held power in the world, mobilized Satan's world and struck God. Again, referring to the human body, Satan mobilized the head to oppose Heaven. That was the First World War. Next, because Satan lost the head, he turned from the upper class to the middle class. He was pushed down to that level. The era of the neck passed and the era of the arm, namely the era of power, began. He tried to oppose God with power. This was an era of militarism that corresponds to the middle class. The era of militarism manifested the attitude that with power alone everything will work out. That was the Second World War. Satan was pushed down to the middle class level. In terms of the human body, at this point, Heaven had taken everything above the hip. Therefore Satan, who was pushed down, had no choice but to head towards the very bottom. Thus began the era of the foot. This is the era of the workers and farmers which is Satan's last attempt to revive. Through Communism, Satan has called together the lower classes centered on workers and farmers. This is the very bottom.
Satan has thus reached the lowest level, and when he is expelled from there, he will have nowhere to go. Because he will have nowhere to go and will not be worshipped by humankind, he has created an atheistic ideology with the purpose of preventing humankind also from worshipping God. Therefore this ideology is called Earthism -- Materialism. It is also called Economism. He is trying to rule the world through economics. Marxism is a philosophy of economics. It is an ideology that strives to remove completely the element of heart, the internal God, and is determined to exclusively possess humankind.
When you look at this, you all have to understand how crafty and cunning Satan is. Therefore you have to understand that Communism is Satan's knowledge and wisdom. Because Communism is a movement that is trying to conquer the world not by exalting humankind but by exalting matter, Communists give more priority to matter than to people. Communists think mankind has evolved from matter and don't recognize the value of people. Originally, there was value in people doing things centered on God; but because all that was denied, the world became a world of materialism. Therefore it is easier to eliminate one person than it is to destroy one house. If there is the choice between the destruction of one house or the killing of 10 people, the latter will be chosen. There is even no problem with getting rid of many people. This kind of "ism" is now swaying the world.
If the upper class, namely, the head and body, had fulfilled its responsibility, the foot would now be under control; but because it failed in its responsibility, the foot is able to walk around and cause trouble. If the democratic world had fulfilled its responsibility and the upper class (neck) and the middle class(body) had united with the Lord, forming a normal body, the world could have been made one. Because this didn't happen, it is as if everything died completely.
All created things are matter. If this 'ism' that loves matter is so determined to dominate the world, then we need to think about how tough the people in favor of the Creator need to become. It is then a reasonable principle that the 'ism' centered on the Creator and the love for the Creator's sovereignty needs to be several times stronger than the "ism" centered on all things and the love of the sovereignty of the Soviet Union centered on materialism. This principle should be totally clear to you. It is said that humankind evolved from the soil of the earth. However, the soil came into existence for humankind. If you don't understand this correctly, the world will become Satan's world. You have to understand that the mission of our Unification Church today is to make this clear. Therefore if only you all crush Satan's world, then the world will be ours. This is our Unificationism. You have to know that the ideal world will appear for the first time when Heaven takes away the spiritual and physical world that Satan has dominated externally and can control them. Do you understand? (Yes).
You have to know that we have first of all to separate from Satan's dominion. Until now humankind has fought about territory and people. Materialism is a theory that intends to captivate people's bodies. It is devoid of any concept which connects with spirituality and the cosmic purpose of Heavenly law and eternal life. This world belongs to humankind.
But the basis of materialism is the historical view of economics and it upholds a world in favor of materialism . However, democracy is putting humankind itself at the center. In fact, all kinds of Marxist theories, such as the theories of labor value, surplus value, dialectic materialism and historical materialism are completely opposite to the truth and lend justification to a violent revolution.
3) The Alternative to Materialism
What is atheism? Atheism says there is no God. Materialism, centered on matter, and humanism, are atheistic theories. Atheism is centered only on itself. Why did an empire such as Rome go to ruin? Because it was not united with God's principles of cause and result, God's principle of the ideal and God's principle of creation. What is the cause? Self-investment. What is God going to do after investing Himself? He is going to look for love. Even though God invests everything, God is in need of love. He invested himself for something greater. That is the bottom line.
Rome, which had its eyes on the world, was hoping for an ideal world centered on Rome; but it didn't invest itself enough. While facing the world it didn't invest its country enough. If Rome had sacrificed and invested itself, what would have happened? The world would have become one with Rome. If you compare the fundamental roots of Godism, theism and materialism it becomes very obvious. When atheism, regarding theism, claims that God doesn't exist in the social system, then that in itself amounts to destruction and self-exhaustion. Under this system, the more power is generated, the more exhaustion there is. The motive power of love cannot be supplied in this way. The Communists appeared centering on common property, but why does common property achieve less than private property?
This is the problem. From the viewpoint of common property, all groups that possess the right of ownership centered on the profit of the group need to put more importance on the individual than on the profit of the group. If it is done like that it works. Do you understand? The Party needs to have more regard for the individual than for its own desired profit. This means that property doesn't only belong to the Party but also to a higher private owner. Such a concept hasn't been realized. Always the individual has had to live only for the sake of the group. There is no concept of the Party also living for the individual. That is Satan; that is called a system of dictatorship. What is on Satan's side? The Party centered on the Party; this is absolutism. It has no "ism" that claims living absolutely for the smaller part, or shows the Party to be existing for the sake of the individual and family. That is Satan. Therefore he is pulling the individual into hell. Because the individual can't realize a reciprocal foundation of ideal give and take action, he becomes a worthless and entirely destroyed existence. Therefore he can only go to hell. Do you understand what that means?
Communism is a contradiction. It is a logical contradiction to set up a dictatorship regime centered on workers and farmers. Such a logic cannot become an ideal logic. The ideal needs to have give and take. Can you realize the ideal alone? If that was the case, God, who is the greatest ideal subject, could have felt satisfied about being by himself, but he created the world in order to pursue the realm of ideal love in relationship with an object. Therefore, we must clearly grasp that the logic of love is based on the origin of creation and has to develop in that context. Isn't that so? That means it can never be separated. If you consider different viewpoints such as an individual outlook or a family outlook, they should be connected with the bone. Therefore we have to center everything on the heartistic realm of love. That direction is inevitable regardless of whether you live in the east or in the west.
If there is something good, the Party wants to get it and doesn't want to give it to the individual. If there is something good, the group shouldn't center on their desire for possession. Without love this is impossible. The parents, if in the position of subject, don't keep something good to themselves, but want to give it to their children because of love. They want to give until they exhaust themselves. In this world, such love doesn't exist. People are centered on the desire for possession and don't think of giving what is theirs to someone else. Therefore the parents don't show any appreciation for their children. Everything is hooked onto Satan's side centered on individualism. Therefore, in such a world the place where this love can be realized is already destroyed. For this reason individualism and the desire for possession belong to Satan.
The desire for possession centered on love is not for material things but for the ideal. Everything can be sacrificed for that ideal. Every aspect of life desired by humankind, including even one's own life, can be sacrificed. Therefore, this dimension is different. No matter how much sacrifice is made, it doesn't become a problem to human life. However, this is not the case with the concept of possession centered on the individual. One cannot go up to a higher level within that concept. You all know Communism, but remember the concept of Communism is an ideology centered on matter. It is not an ideology centered on God. Also, what is democracy? It is an "ism" centered on people. If so, what is the original Adamism? It is the way of true love: if there is only true love everything will be resolved. if so, where does True Loveism start from? It starts from God. In that case, when we ask what kind of circumstances humankind is hoping for, it is not a world in which we eat and live well. It is instead a world of True Loveism.
3. Dialectical Materialism And The Alternative
1) Hegel's Basic Mistake
Hegel's dialectic was wrong. Do you know where to acknowledge the concept called "struggle" which is found in Hegel's dialectic? If we delve deeply into the mind of humankind, we find that the conscience and the physical mind are struggling. Therefore, Hegel thought that struggle existed there from the beginning. He misinterpreted, thinking that this struggle was an intrinsic part of the world which God created. But this interpretation lacked understanding of the fall of humankind. This was his fundamental mistake.
If you investigate deeply the deep mind of fallen humankind, you will find that two opposing minds, the conscience and the physical mind, are confronting each other. It is this confrontation that is behind humankind's historical development. If we analyze fallen humankind, we can see that man embodies two contradictory natures. But a theory was created stating that the universe had also developed in that way and that God had created man as a being who embodied these two contradictory natures. Communist ideology analyzes all matters, and understands the development of history, from a dialectic viewpoint. They are propagating a theory of struggle in which the social reality is divided into an upper sphere and a lower sphere, and history develops through the confrontation between these two spheres. Therefore, they created a theory that claims that what existed before has to be destroyed for the sake of development.
Hegel's dialectic took the position that humankind hadn't fallen. But, in fact, the opposite is true. Because of the fall of humankind, the conscience and physical mind started to oppose and struggle with each other. Created humankind originally didn't have any contradiction within itself. We absolutely need a substantial movement upholding such a viewpoint, which is one with the standard of the original creation. Hegel regarded contradiction as being inherent in "the market of life". He regarded contradiction as being intrinsic to everyday life and that religion is strange. However, Hegel's thought and his formulated theory are fundamentally flawed. It was a mistake to regard fallen mankind as a being that was originally created like that. Therefore, we need to quickly emphasize and promote the concept that humankind did fall.
Within humankind the conscience and physical mind are arguing with each other. The expansions of these two entities ultimately caused the division of the world into democracy/spiritualism and Communism/materialism. As these two entities have developed, the harvest is being manifested as the Last Days, which is a phenomenon of our present time. From such a viewpoint, how shall our Unification thought tackle this issue? Because the starting point was flawed, we have to go back to the origin, which is a higher dimension.
What original human form would constitute a higher dimension? It is not a form where the conscience and physical mind are fighting with each other but rather a form in which conscience and physical mind are united. From the viewpoint of a standard of absolute and eternal unity, the spiritual world and physical world have to become one. Until now we have all been false. Look at yourself! Why are you false? You are struggling with your mind and body disunity. How can that be called true? When two are fighting can they become true? (No). Humankind in this state of falseness was examined carefully and the contradictory logic called dialectic was found. All the discoveries made by people such as Hegel came from the study of fallen, struggling humankind. Nowadays, philosophers generally don't understand the concept of the Fall, and when they examine the mind they say, " it seems like this", and something approximating a dialectic principle emerges. Looking at man from the point of having already fallen, the theory of the origin of struggle can be given much credence. If you analyze the mind of humankind, there is clear evidence of struggle, making this theory seem quite plausible.
2) The Mistake of the Dialectic Theory
Communism says that everything develops because there is power in the macrocosm. They acknowledge the surrounding world first and then develop the logic. In order for anything to exist, there first needs to be an environment in which that existence can be sustained. Water, earth and air have to be there. These are the absolutely indispensable environmental conditions needed. If you analyze their argument, where is the starting point of the environment which enables evolution? There cannot be any. That is the contradiction. Where does the life-supporting environment begin?" "Naturally". "If you say naturally, according to which law?" "Because of power". "But how is power generated?" Power cannot be generated by itself. Before there is power, there needs to be a reciprocal foundation. The same is true for scientific phenomena: there cannot be any action or movement unless there is a reciprocal base which is connected with purpose. If that is so, what do you need before power can exist? You need a reciprocal foundation. There needs to be a concept of subject and object in order to acknowledge a reciprocal foundation. There needs to be a base of common purpose so that subject and object, plus and minus, can engage in give-and-take-action. Therefore the phenomenon of power or action can be generated only within the domain of the common purpose of power. If that is so, then the dialectic that Communism upholds is debunked.
Communists say there was something in opposition to the origin, and that through struggle they will become one. The origin and that which is opposing it are completely different concepts. They have a different sphere of purpose. Can they become one while they have different spheres of purpose? They don't say that originally there was an origin and something opposing that origin. Rather, they say that first there was some opposing element which had to go through a course of struggle in order to reach the origin. However, reciprocal action can only occur within the limit of the common-purpose sphere. It absolutely cannot be generated in a situation that would bring negative and damaging results. Mutual give-and-take-action occurs within a sphere where the common purpose is established. From this viewpoint the dialectic of Communism is fundamentally wrong. Everything exists reciprocally. If the object is chosen, the purpose automatically makes itself apparent. That purpose possesses even greater value than the sum of the two entities. Therefore the two become united not because of mutual contradictory confrontation, but for the sake of accomplishing the common purpose. This is the fundamental idea of the Unification Church. With this proof you can turn this false theory upside down, and the theories of historical materialism, economics and all of Marx's theories will be proven false.
What is Communism? It recognizes neither subject nor object. There is also neither direction nor purpose. The relationship of subject and object is regarded as one of struggle. They become one through conflict. On earth, where does such a law exist? (Father laughs). Is it possible? Does it mean that man and woman or mind and body become one through fighting? They say that even though there is subject and object, matter comes first, not the mind. The mind is a by-product of matter." They are just turning things upside down. This bad guy Satan! While he says, "direction is struggle", he is striving to realize a direction characterized by struggle. This is not a direction towards peace. He says, "Unification needs to see blood and as you see blood, there is unification." This violates the principle of historical development as well as the principle upon which the universe exists. Power is always generated through mutual give-and-take action between subject and object. Subject and object don't have give-and-take in order to damage each other. If the head gets chopped off, there can be no give-and-take action. For example, during adolescence when it comes to dating, a man wants to meet a woman as a partner and vice versa. As they meet, they have to like each other. As long as there is no plus or benefit experienced, one absolutely won't give of oneself. One dislikes to give. If it becomes clear that someone would receive benefit from a relationship and that it would not result in any damage, then that person would want to have give-and-take with the other. But if they meet for the first time and from the first day on there are only minus elements, they won't want to meet again. They absolutely won't want to see each other.
Even if you look at subject and object from the viewpoint of mutual purpose, unless one can receive more plus points and greater purpose from a partner than one would receive by being alone, one doesn't want to have give-and-take with that partner. Once again, if a good result doesn't come, there won't be any give-and-take.
What does good mean? It means that it becomes plus. What does bad mean? If things are constantly taken away, eventually everything disappears and becomes a minus. Good things become plus and prosper, while bad things become minus and perish. So, if there is a minus situation, no matter whether there is a relationship between subject and object and regardless of whether more power is applied, the dynamic of give-and-take-action won't be generated. When we look at it from this viewpoint, the dialectic of Communism is ignorant of that argument. In order for there to be power, a relationship between subject and object is necessary. This is a prerequisite. Even when you conduct a chemical experiment and look at the tendency of chemical elements to ionize, you will notice that the elements don't act unconditionally. If a chemical element can increase and fulfill it's given purpose through interaction with another element, it will act immediately. If there is even a tiny element added that would bring minus and disturb the chemical element itself, it absolutely won't act. This universe is acting and protecting itself. That is a principle. That is called a scientific principle. Do you understand?
Nowadays, the world faces enormous problems because of Communists' attachment of great importance to philosophy and dialectic theory. There is no existence that doesn't possess the aspect of purpose. Development occurs only where a greater purpose is pursued. If we look at humankind, we should see that it is a resultant entity. It exists because something caused it to exist.
3) The Concept of Struggle in Communism
If you look at the dialectic on which Communist ideology is centered, what kind of principle of struggle does it provide? Every social existence centered on a contradictory course is divided into an upper element and a lower element. The upper and lower elements cannot become united and the upper element exploits the lower element. The concept of love doesn't exist. There is only a concept of struggle. What are they aiming at? Utopia -- the ideal. What is the ideal? It is a world of peace resulting from struggle. Such a world of peace is different from the peace that democracy talks about today. Everything that is violating that peace is eliminated. It is called a reactionary element. They talk about a peaceful world in which all reactionary elements are eliminated. That is the difference. Today the Soviet Union advocates peace centered on Marxism-Leninism and thus doesn't mean a state of peace through becoming one with non-supportive elements, but a state of peace in which all reactionary elements that violate Marxism-Leninism are eliminated. They are talking about a state of peace in which there are no opposing elements. That is the difference.
Democracy talks about a concept of peace where right and left harmonize and become one, thus creating an ideal state. That is the fundamental difference. Democracy is talking about inclusive and idealistic concepts and not about concepts of elimination and destruction. Therefore, this Communist ideology cannot be approved or tolerated by humankind, and people like us must become the spearhead in the fight against it worldwide. In communism, love, and even parents and family, are regarded as major areas of exploitation. According to this thought, children exploit the position of their parents for their own benefit. Within this theory, you cannot say there is love.
The question is whether there can be truth here or not. Today, Communism proclaims, "We have to gain supremacy over the whole world." Whoever opposes that will be expelled and eliminated. Even one's colleagues and parents aren't immune and can be eliminated. How is it possible to massacre people? It is possible when the absolute value of human life, even that of one's own friends and relatives, is not recognized. The only thing attributed with this value is the Party. The Party is only a skeleton. The more one regards the Party as the greatest entity, the more it becomes fearful and cold-hearted. Do mind and body feel comfortable in such a place? Surely not. Because of the ever changing structure centered on the dialectic dynamic, you cannot live eternally. You have to know that this theory cannot aspire to anything eternal and elevated.
4) The Contradiction of the Theory of Struggle
Now the world is divided in two: the democratic system and the communist system. Which one is true? Both of them claim to be true, don't they? Does it need to be officially approved as to which one is true? Such approval has to come from history. According to Communist theory, history has to be officially recognized. Because history develops through struggle, according to the dialectic argument, tradition is not cherished. Therefore Satan is the ringleader of the destruction of tradition. Satan is the leader of destruction. Thousands of years of history cannot be set up. Because such a system is false, it cannot make any historical claims. That means that there is no traditional historical background following the unchanging rule of the Principle.
Then, when is the Communist world going to set up a historical foundation of tradition that is unchanging and based on the truth. They talk about a world of utopia . . . . Mankind passes through the stage of socialism and enters the era of communist society. Is the communist society, therefore, the end? What would the world become with such a contradictory argument? Dialectical materialism embodies the concept of struggle. The inherent state of contradiction is resolved through struggle. The conclusion is that the ideal world cannot be established through the concept of struggle, but only through the concept of investment. That which becomes the subject has to invest. If you hold a high position and you invest yourself, you will decrease but your object will increase. Students will claim, "There is a need for a revolution of consciousness. Evil has to be chased out and good has to remain." That is right, but is the Communist party good? The essence of dialectic materialism is conflict. Does conflict lead to achievement? Is such an argument correct? When man and woman love each other, is that conflict? Man and woman become one through love not conflict. Communism regards man and woman as contradictory beings. So how would it be possible to become one in harmony? They are crazy! Because of them the world is collapsing.
Dialectic theory is ridiculous. Two entities confront each other and through struggle they become one. The argument goes that every day man and woman are struggling, but next morning there is development. (laughter). Is that possible? It's far from it. If there is fighting, there is damage on both sides and there is retreat. In the history of the world, have you ever seen a country that fought and became rich and powerful? You must know the answer to this. The dialectic is a concept of struggle. The starting point is dissatisfaction. A dissatisfied Satan broke God's will. You shouldn't be manipulated by Satan who rebelled against God's will and who is using a theoretical base to cause confusion throughout the world.
What is the concept of struggle in Communism? It is a doctrine that weakens both the upper and lower levels through division and conflict. We must recognize and go beyond the failure of the first and second Israel and instead embrace the ideology of the unification of the whole world centered on the sphere of the third Israel. The ideal is not achievable through the fist or through power, but only through love. We have already reached an era in which many problems cannot be solved. Therefore, secular people question why humankind has become that way. Today, history is going to ruin in a whirlpool of confusion because religion can provide only a vague explanation of the cause of the fall and cannot present it in a systematic way.
From what angle does the Unification Church look at history? History is indeed a history of struggle; but good and evil are transformed through that struggle. That is the difference. Good and evil fight with each other and evil becomes eliminated, and as this struggle has gradually become a global struggle, the world is changing toward goodness. That is the view of history of the Unification Church. Do parents need development and revolution in their hearts? What do you think? Even animals know how to love their offspring, don't they? Can the dialectics of Marx, Lenin and Hegel be applied here? The concept of restoration is not found in dialectic theory. It doesn't develop. The argument that everything will return to the developing world -- the Communist world, is false. That logic is absurd. It starts off from a static, unchanging point, and goes through an unchanging course and connects with an unchanging end-point and finally arrives at something unified. That is not going to bring about a world of love and oneness. It's impossible with this theory. If it was possible with this theory, I would have already brought an end to Communism. Because I am a person who has been confronted with Communism since my youth, I became today the leader of anti-Communism.
Why is religion needed? Religion is needed in order to resolve humankind's contradiction and to unite God and man. Religion is needed until the ideal is reached. Therefore, when the perfect human of God appears, religion will not be needed anymore. In the midst of this contradictory environment, we yearn and hope for the ideal which can be reached through the framework called religion. This is true theoretically. But we can conclude that it is impossible to claim that contradictory humankind can realize the ideal world through rapid progress and struggle. Today, it is impossible through dialectic theory or through Communism. It has no standard for realizing it. Rather, it is ignoring the standard. They say that matter comes before spirit, which means that the lump of meat, the body, is perfect. If we look at ourselves, can we say that the body is more perfect than the mind? (No.) The body exists in the limited sphere, while the mind exists in the unlimited sphere. If we question which of the two is greater, it is the mind, not the body. Analyzing in this way, if we look at the systems of Communism and Democracy, we should recognize that only theism, in the form of religion, provides the logic and a path which leads to the realization of the ideal.
What kind of man is Reverend Moon? Amidst the whirlpool of such problems, Reverend Moon has taken greater pains to solve these problems than any other person. How can a standard be made that is unchangeable even after tens of thousands of years? If even after countless years from now, people, centering on an "ism" which upholds an absolute standard of the past, invest themselves wholeheartedly facing limitations and persevering with a desperate and absolute conviction, the whole world will automatically become unified. From such a viewpoint, unification absolutely cannot come about in this present world centered on the dialectic of Communism. It is a logical contradiction to say that unification comes through struggle. They have hope for the future and pursue unification, but through such a method a unified world cannot be realized.
5) What Cannot be Explained Through Dialectic Theory
What is true love? Is it changeable or unchangeable? (Unchangeable.) Let us look at the types of unchanging love in this world. What are they? Is it the love between husband and wife? (No.) Is it the love of parents for their children? Which one is it? Which one is unchangeable? (Parents' love.) Between the love of children for their parents and the love of parents for their children which one is more unchangeable? (The love of parents for the children.) We can see throughout history the fact that no matter how much love changes, the love of parents for their children doesn't change. So what does the problem become here? Can Communism explain through dialectic theory the power of love that parents have for their children? That is the problem. Can they or can't they? (They cannot.) They absolutely cannot. For example, let's assume the son of the biggest leader of the Communist party gets in trouble with the Communist law and is sentenced to death. As he is about to die, what is the heart of his parents like? Would they say "Die quickly, you villain."? Whatever the Party says and does away with, will parents have the desire, centered on parental love, to save their child or not? Which mind comes first? Is it the mind that says you have to die or the mind that has sympathy and likes to forgive? Which mind comes first? What would the professors who teach dialectic theory of Communism be like. They would be the same. How about the worker or farmer! Wouldn't they react the same way if their children's lives were in danger? Is it any different? This is a natural phenomena. Even a dog dies for the sake of his puppies. Even animals are like that. Can this love be revolutionized?
Can the theory of Communism change it? Does that make sense? (No.) Regardless of what it is, neither Communism nor Democracy can revolutionize such a true, original love. The conclusion is that it is unchangeable. Do you understand and recognize this? Do you absolutely recognize this? Does it become recognized by theory? Then why is parent's love like that? Why does such a love endure in the world in which we live? Where does it originate from? The parents love. Prior to the expression of parents' love, the love is already there. What is the motive behind the result? Where is the cause? As soon as one thinks, one needs to have this love, it shows itself. Is that a motive of the result that oneself doesn't even know? Is it a position of motivation or a position of result? What is the origin? (God.) As a result, we come to know the fact that there is one entity called God who is at the origin of all our ancestors. Man is a resultant being, not a causal being. Because the cause and the result have to be the same, the result needs to become one with the cause. Because they have the same form, if it applies to the result, it also applies to the cause. That is correct theory. If there is no cause, there is also no result.
Is the love between parents and children good or bad? No matter how much revolution and change takes place in the world, and even though the theory of development through dialectic transformation expands to some extent, there is no power that can revolutionize the parents' heart of love for their children. Can the bird's love for it's off spring be revolutionized? Can that be done or not? (Cannot.) Can that be changed? (Cannot.) It is absolute. It was the same a thousand years ago and ten thousand years ago. Communism claims that everything develops centered on the concept of struggle. If that is the case, when we look at the salmon's behavior, we should expect greater development. But how is it that they endure so much hardship in order to reach the place where, once they lay their eggs, they die. The question is why do they die? What is eternally unchanging, absolute, good and can absorb everything and can cause transformation to goodness. That is God. But even God, of an unchanging mind and center, cannot do it alone. Love is needed. Love has to be found. When you ask the Communist Party, they also hope for eternal and complete love. It is the same with them. Therefore we can make a theoretical conclusion that whereas the ideal of dialectic philosophy cannot bring happiness to humankind, the ideal of unchanging-love philosophy can. Do you understand? Nobody complains about that. The king as well as the worker likes that. It surpasses any rank. You have to know that there cannot be any ranks. (91-146)
Section 5. Explanation Of Materialism (Part 2)
4. The Time Of "No-Ideology"
1) The Current of Thought
When we look back the history of 2,000 years after Jesus, a great number of Christians have developed various movements in order to rediscover God. As the result of the movement, the Roman Empire, which had persecuted Christianity extremely, came to authorize Christianity. As established by the Vatican in Rome, Christianity came to conduct the affairs of state centering on the papacy. Through this papacy, Christianity came to provide an important foundation in forming the feudal society. However, in Medieval times, when the papacy was decayed, as the reaction against that, humanism came to emerge. Humanism gave a great influence on the medieval feudal society. Because of the influence of humanism, medieval Christians gradually came to grow far away from God. A great number of people gave up their faith and embraced humanism instead. Humanism has developed through the course of history. It passed through the age of enlightenment, and finally gave birth to historical materialism.
Historical materialism is based on rationalism and empirical philosophy, which emphasize human reason and experience as the base of philosophy. This materialism is having a great influence on modern society. Especially through the influence of materialism and capitalism, modern society has fallen down in a world where the idea that money is everything is prevalent. Then, who made the medieval feudal society collapse? God collapsed it. God had wanted to develop His Will centering on the Vatican in Rome, but because Christianity decayed under the feudal society, God could not but collapse the medieval feudal society.
God raised up humanism. Humanism came to play a decisive role in destroying the medieval feudal society. That is, since medieval people, who believe God, betrayed God's will, God could not help reprimanding Christians by destroying the feudal society through humanism. However, in order not to lose His providential base, God raised up Martin Luther, who was worrying seriously about God's providence, and had him reform the decayed religion. Likewise, God partly reprimanded the decayed religion, and God raised up a new religion through the Reformation. In other words, while humanism representing the Cain-type developed by destroying the decayed social system, Christianity representing the Abel-type, developed by reforming its own religion and by undergoing various historical courses.
That is, the two thoughts of humanism and Christianity came to develop respectively in a dialectical relationship. Providentially, Christianity formed the realm of the second Israel through various historical courses. Christianity not only passed through the confused situation of the Renaissance, but also passed through the current of enlightenment centered on humanistic philosophy. Finally, in this modern society, Christianity is contending with materialism, which was derived from humanism.
Voltaire, Russo, and Montesque had thought that Christianity would collapse. However, even though Christianity was confronted by the currents of enlightenment, pious people from Germany had saved Christianity by raising the pietist movement which emphasizes the internal, mystical experience with God. The pietist movement influenced England, and John Wesley from England revived the pietist movement by raising the Methodist movement. Moreover, Quakers contributed to the development of Christianity by raising the mystic movement to emphasize the internal experience. Likewise, God has worked providentially in the background of the history of Christianity. On the other hand, because of the influence of materialism, modern people not only grew far away from God's love, but also were isolated from their own reason and themselves. They were secularized and came to adore materialism, whose most precious value is material. However, even though mankind is fallen, because humanism ultimately has to return to its original position before the fall, materialism, which prevents mankind from returning to the original position by denying human personality, will by necessity be destroyed.
The Medieval Age centered on God has passed away, the rationalism and empiricism centered on rational philosophy has also passed away, and the materialism based on historical materialism is losing its influential power gradually. In the future, people will not be satisfied with only loving material things, and will not resolve humanity's fundamental problem even by the teachings of past historical figures. The world of the future will be confronted by a miserable situation which humans cannot manage. Communism cannot be the fundamental solution for the future world.
This is so because Communism regards humanity as the outcome of material and tries to have human society prosper by the productive capacity of material without regard to God. Thus, communists will never have dominion over the world as they wish. In the 21st century, with the onset of the atomic age, as the influential power of material civilization decreases, the communists' dream of having dominion over the world will be frustrated. Then, after Communism, what period will come? The age of love will come. People will find joy in the world of love, and share joy by living for the sake of one another. Therefore, we should be wise persons who can fit the coming age of love. In order to do so, we should be able to analyze all trends of thought and synthesize them. In fulfilling such a mission, we can be proud people in the age of love and before the universe.
Because you must go through the course of fallen Adam and Eve, each individual has to inherit the historical mission of the second Adam. However, you have to know that you do not qualify yourselves to fulfill such mission. Moreover, you have to know that today's history was formed by the process of finding God, true humans, and true all things, which had been lost due to the fall. (4-17)
2) Humanism and Godism
A. Humanism Cannot Be The Ideal
If God likes religion, Satan dislikes it. They are opposite each other. It must be true. Don't you think so? [Yes!] In the last days, God's side and Satan's side will be divided. Therefore, the world will be divided into two groups: the one which opposes religion and the other which supports religion. This is a natural conclusion. In that situation, what kind of problem will be raised? The problem of truth and falsehood will be raised. That is, which is right, humanism or Godism? From this viewpoint, humanism does not lead people to God's side, but it leads to Satan's side. God's side is the world of goodness. So, this world is necessarily divided into the two worlds of good and evil. Such phenomena are certainly manifested in today's world. What period are we in now? We are facing the time when we should attack the whole world that is dominated by humanism. Can this world have a hope for the future? Material civilization cannot but be frustrated and will fall into desperation. In the Oriental concept, desperation means that there is no hope for the future.
Why is the history of humanity confronted by desperation? It is because humans denied God and received humanism. It is because material civilization centered on humanism is dominating this world. Mankind descended from fallen ancestors. By adoring such fallen humanism, this world cannot have hope. Then, what should we do in this fallen world? As fallen descendants, we have to adore what is not fallen. How can one adore what is not fallen? One has to return to God through religion. Therefore, the nation which adores God, the thought which adores Heaven, and the world which adores God can never perish. That must be so. It is because Satan's world and God's world are completely opposite. If one follows Satan, one must fail. On the other hand, if one follows God, one must get success. In these days, everything related to God and religion is denied because of humanism, and religious foundations are collapsing. If mankind lives centered on humanism, mankind cannot have hope for the future. Today's phenomena reveal such a negative conclusion. Accordingly, we have to analyze the traditional concept of God and the past religions, and then we have to establish a new concept of God and a new view of religion centered on God. By doing so, we have to overcome humanism. Otherwise, mankind cannot have hope. This is a final conclusion. Do you understand? [Yes]
If such a movement is not expanded rapidly to the whole of the world, there is no way to save mankind which lies in desperation. (83-128)
Humanism cannot be the ideal thought of mankind. Humanism centered on fallen humans is not an ideal thought. Humanism tries to absorb everything centering on humans. However, when we look at the human himself carefully, everybody is selfish and self-centered. (64-322)
B. The Historical Development Of Humanism
In the 12th and 13th Centuries, humanism centered on human experience began to develop. At the end of the 16th Century, humanism arrived at the extreme stage, which denies the existence of God. (42-313)
Humanism has developed from the Renaissance up to the present, and through that process, human history has fallen down. It is the history expelling God. (30-301)
The Vatican, threatened people with its authority in the name of God. In the name of God, they said, "If you do not do this, you will go to Hell." This is a kind of threat. However, when rational people think of this teaching rationally, they come to recognize that it must be wrong. From this point, people come to a point of disbelief, asking, "Is religion necessary for humans?" Because of such blind teaching of religion, humanism came to emerge and the history of materialism was expanded to all over the world. Moreover, the atheistic insistence that God does not exist became widespread. (165-64)
Owing to the appearance of humanism, theistic thought was damaged. However, because humanism does not fit the universal law, the destruction of humanism will necessarily come. ( 93-83)
Seen in context of the history of the trend of thought, theistic thought turned over its influential power to materialism, and humanism turned over its influential power to materialism, the thought which makes the world destroyed. [Laughing.] Dancing disco was derived from that thought, which destroys the world. Likewise, human thought has changed throughout human history. (May 1, 1980)
Mankind came to depart from God and took a long journey of thought. Mankind went through materialism based on atheism, and went through secular Humanism based on the thought of anti-God philosophers, and eventually fell into Hedonism. Accordingly, mankind arrived at the final point of hope like the end of human history. Those thoughts came to be the fundamental cause of the drain of spirituality of today's generation and the decline of faith. That history is giving a great stimulation to religious people. (Nov. 12, 1985)
Seen in the development of the history of mankind, vague theological thought influenced the world for a while. When that declined, humanism emerged. Although today's world is still under the influence of humanism, humanism cannot be the thought which would bring a hope to mankind. Today, communism, which betrayed humanism, has emerged and has influence all over the world. These phenomena are showing the gloomy prospects for human's future. (77-282)
This world where we are living is the confused world. Throughout history, human society has passed through the vague theistic thought and various thoughts, and now we are standing in uncertain time of humanism. Moreover, today's society is under the influence of materialism. In such an uncertain historical situation, because humanism and materialism do not present certain contents in the process of history, today mankind is confronted by the time of no-ideology. Mankind comes to think that the current thought can no longer manage this world. Therefore, what becomes a problem to us is neither human nor material. The problem is that a certain view of God does not emerge. If a certain view of God is established at this present time, through the new view of God, a new outlook on life and new view of history can be established again. Without doing so, mankind cannot have hope for the future. If we know God certainly, every problem such as the vague view of God in the Medieval Age, humanism, and materialism, will be solved. (77-257)
C. The Origin Of Humanity Must Be Understood
How do we describe this world? Existentially, humans are still struggling between mind and body. So, the world can be said to be the place where 3.6 billion people are struggling between mind and body. Because of this, there is always conflicts and fighting in this world. Isn't that right? In other words, the form and results of this world were made by the struggle between mind and body. This struggle between mind and body made mankind pay a great price of sacrifice throughout history. Such history of struggle is the very history of the world and the reality of this world. The worldwide struggle cannot be solved only by a sovereign nation. What should be done to solve that problem! First of all, the unity between mind and body has to be accomplished, and on the worldwide level, the world representing mind has to get a victory against the world representing body. In order to do so, true motivation and true result have be raised. If such contents are presented, because people can be united centering on that motivation and result, all problems of the world will be resolved. Then, who can make the worldwide fighting stop? That fighting cannot be stopped today by any thought or theory. It cannot be stopped by humanism centered on humans. Why is that so? Did the human mind begin from itself? If one's mind is derived from oneself with having self-motivation, fighting between mind and body can be stopped, so that the world would be unified into one centering on humanism.
At the beginning of this world, were human's progenitors born centering on self-motivation and self-will? Human beings are a relative existence. No matter how much one strongly insists that the human is subjective, the human is an absolutely relative existence. However, since humanism insists on human subjectivity, humanism cannot but generate negative results. Therefore, you have to deny what you like. You have to deny totally what the advanced countries are advocating. Such a negative stand against humanism has to occur. As an example of the negative phenomena caused by humanism, hippies are now causing social problems in America. That is the historical gift. That is a punishment for the evil that violates moral laws. In these days, with the negative results of humanism manifesting themselves, what shall we do? Humanism cannot manage negative results of history of the world. Materialism also cannot do that. The human mind cannot be a fundamental motive of human existence. Material also cannot be a motive of human existence. Therefore, the origin of mankind must be correctly identified. However, the thought in the Renaissance of the 13th century had a great influence on the current of thought of that time, and brought about the result to deprive humanity of God's name in human history. In the end, the thought of Renaissance arrived at the conclusion that God is dead. Then, are human beings alive?
Before God can be dead, humanity would die first. However, people, like groups of corpses, are making a disturbance that God is dead. Such a society cannot have hope for the future. Humanism, materialism, and communism cannot make a foundation for human happiness. No matter how the human reached his ideal and fulfilled his responsibility in his social life, those things would by necessity pass away. Your achievement in this fallen world has to be denied totally. Why is that so? Because the body has to be always denied before the mind, all works which are achieved centered on one's body, have to be denied. Today's communist countries are denying God and human consciousness as well as human personality. Communism tries to push people into its logical realm, which is centered on materialism. However, originally humanism as a subject was created to manage the logic or the theory, but was not created to be bound by a logic or a theory. Theory cannot dominate the world of love. What is the love of father? What is the love of mother? Can those questions be explained by theory? If the ideal love can be absorbed into theory, such love is not needed by humans. Actually, such theory cannot be made. (22-224)
D. Every Thought Centered On God
Why do problems such as no-ideology and the destruction of the view of value occur? It is because those problems occur in trying to manage every problem centering on humans. Therefore, in pursuing the new world of future, there may be a method which can manage such problems. The method would be able to explain clearly if God is there or not, and if absolute God exists or not. In other words, if some thought and theory, which are explained from God's viewpoint, not from the human viewpoint, are not found, the world we desire can never come in the future.
From the certain view of God, the problem of life and material has to be solved. Those problems would not be solved separately, but from a synthetic viewpoint. The problem of materialism and humanism has to be solved in God's nation with God as the absolute center. Otherwise, that cannot be resolved absolutely. That is a natural conclusion. (78-99)
Today, both left wing and right wing were established centered on human will. "If I only can live a happy life, everything will be fine." This selfish thinking was also established centered on humanism. Such thinking is false humanism. Do you think that the appearance of humanism is not the result of the human fall? Although humanism centered on God can be permitted, the humanism which denies God, is apparently the fruit of the fall. Therefore, in order to overcome such false humanism, first of all, the present humanism has to be denied totally, and then Godism has to be established anew. Based on that Godism, humanism has to be pursued again. In this sense, the starting point of thought and life has to be God. If a human does not live a life centering on God, there would be no way for that human to return to God. (59-89)
Communism cannot explain resultant things or causal things. Democracy also cannot exactly explain about cause and effect. Then, who can explain that? What should emerge here is a religion. Some religion must emerge, and teach with certainty, "You were begun from this motive and are going forward in that resultant world." Moreover, that teaching has to be established as the standard which most people can accept. That standard must be centered on God, not humanism. (10-159)
Now, we have arrived at the stage that we would consider the world which has synthesized all thoughts and theories. That is, if there is a certain and true God, there will be Godism which goes beyond every ideology and thought, and there will be humanism which true God can authorize, and there will be materialism which true God can admit, and there will be the unified one world in which all those cannot be separated absolutely and can be authorized by God. (77-282)
God's purpose of creation is to establish a humanism based on God. If humanity goes towards God, democracy, which was created in the process to go to God, also can be regarded as the process of establishing Godism. (10-118)
Advanced nations, which developed the world culture of the 20th Century, are saying proudly that they do not need to receive another philosophy or thought any more. Accordingly, they cannot have the opportunity to be revolutionized by God's truth. Communism is also not such a thought about which God can feel joy. (20-107)
Materialism must fail. On the contrary, does democracy have a historical and victorious condition? It does not. Without some victorious condition, there cannot be a victory in the future. Then, what would religion, which does not have such a victorious condition, have to do? Every Christian in the world has to be united into one. Now what goes forward into the future of hope has to emerge. Although some religions insist on going back to the past, today's situation is not the same as the situation of the past. Could today's problem be managed by the contents of the past? We should not go back to the past. Only when we achieve historical and actual results, can we establish a foundation for the future. Therefore, the thought, which can synthesize the past, present, and future, has to emerge. (11-253)
Communism is the thought centered on the human and material. However, humanity will be changed and material also will be changed. Communism was made centering on changeable human and material. Human opinion is changeable. Don't you think so? However, what God insists on will never be changed. Then, what is the goodness and righteousness on which God insists? It is to live for the sake of heaven and earth. This has never changed. (87-261)
We created the CAUSA movement to resolve the problem created by secular humanism. (May 6, 1986)
E. The Inadequacy Of Medieval Thought
The reason why materialism cannot manage the human problem is that it excluded God and the value of humans. Materialism denies the value of the human. Therefore, materialists massacre people mercilessly. That is the very problem.
How about humanism representing the democratic world? Humanists not only exclude God, but also take serious the view of materialism. That is a pernicious evil. In this sense, they have nothing to do with God. They are rather close to communists. Then, between the materialist and humanist, who is stronger? Materialists can be stronger than humanists. That is why humanists are likely to be subjugated by materialists. Materialists not only deny human personality, but also forget God. In the world of materialism, there cannot be an ideal.
Accordingly, True Father advocates Godism. Godism can fundamentally include humanism and materialism. Why? It is because God values human personality as the object of love. Moreover, because God created humans as the subject of the symbolic world centered on material, God sees human value even in the world related to material. Thus, Godism itself has a foundation to contain humanism and materialism. Godism is very inclusive, and contains various meanings.
Thus, Godism. or Unificationism seems to be very good. On the other hand, even though there was thought centered on God in the Medieval Age, the thought could not establish the unified ideal world centering on God, humanity, and material, because it was a vague and imperfect thought. In order to enter the Kingdom Of Heaven, one has to certainly know a God of personality, and has to know the value of objective humanity before God, and certainly has to know the value of material which is an object of humanity. God, man, and material have to be combined by subjective content. \What is the subjective content? That is love. God, man, and all things are combined through love. That united world is the very ideal world.
However, in the Medieval age, such unified world could not be established by Medieval thought centered on God. God, who was supposed to practice love, could not be found. Although people had thought of God and talked about God, nobody practiced God's will. Because that thought was abstract and uncertain, it came to be changed to some autocratic thought. Since that thought could not give certain answers to people at that time, it came to ask blind faith.
Accordingly, Medieval Christian thought came to be far from the essence of God, and finally fell down to the secular thought centered on God. That thought came to deny human personality, and became exclusive. So, while the thought regarded its own standard as absolute, it denied relative value of others. Accordingly, the thought centered on God could not but be destroyed by another thought. Even though the Medieval thought was centered on God, it did not know with certainty about the God of personality. That had such a deficiency. (167-66)
F. The Necessity Of Rediscovering God
What is Communism? It is based on materialism as well as atheism. Then, what kind of thought does Christianity and Western society have? They have theism and idealism. Which will get a victory between materialism and idealism, and between atheism and theism? What is the problem here? The way which Christianity can revive again is through the rediscovery of God. Because communism denies God, if the existence of God is proved with certainty, communism cannot but collapse.
From the beginning of human history, God started with humans, and has been working with humans throughout history, and is still working with humans at this present time. However, the most important thing is knowing how to rediscover God who is in the process of history and in the midst of human life. To rediscover God is the very key in establishing the ideal world. First of all, people have to know clearly what kind of transient period they are living in now. When people come to know clearly about the coming age, communism would also be able to receive God. Because the coming age will be the world of love as the certain view of God is established. Then, do you think God is with American Christians? If God is with them, that God would be the one who is working not for the salvation of individual level, but for the salvation of worldwide level. In other words, the new view of God would be the God who is working for the sake of salvation on the worldwide level.
Why have Christianity and other religions separated from one another? It is because Christianity and other religions do not have the goal of going forward. On the other hand, communism has a clear goal which is the destruction of capitalism. If God is working through Christianity providentially, Christianity would have the providential goal. That goal should be much better than one of Communists. Because Christianity has no clear goal, Christians do not go in a certain direction, and lie in the uncertain and vague situation for the future. When Christians were confronted by strong persecution or difficulties, their direction has been changed easily. Then, what kind of faith do Christians have? They believe that at the time of the Lord of the Second Advent, the world will be destroyed. This is a big and horrible cancer of Christianity.
While communists try to dominate the world, because of their belief, Christians try to escape from the world and are arguing that their own denomination is the best. The goals of their denominations are vague. If we describe the situation of Christianity, it is like fingers that do not move together, but move separately and individually. In the last days, if God does not judge the world as Christians expect, what will happen? How would God manage the difficult situation which will be raised, when the world is not judged by fire, but remains as it is? Therefore, the age of Christian culture, which does not fit God's providence, cannot but pass away. In this sense, we have to prepare how to manage the phenomena, which will be raised by the Christian view of the end of the world. (June 1, 1983)
G. Neither Democracy Nor Communism
Because today's humans do not know God and the relationship between God and man, they do not love. However, once they come to know the relationship and make a bond with Him, they cannot help loving God. Accordingly, in order to make a bond with humanity and reveal Himself, God has been working in this world throughout history. First of all, in order to find the starting point of the ideal, in which the world can be unified into one, God has desperately fought centering on thought and ideals throughout history. Today, God's desperate fight is developed through the confrontation between democracy and communism. However, the problem is that the phenomena of today's world cannot be fundamentally resolved by those two thoughts. (11-58)
It is apparent that democracy and communism did not provide the method which can remove social evil. Although democracy and communism were fundamentally developed from the desire to resolve the common problem of mankind, democracy not only did not fulfill that task, but also did not overcome the destructive activity of communism. On the other hand, communism also could not resolve social problems completely, and rather ironically, brought about only a bigger problem.
Accordingly, the world came to fall into difficulty, and democracy and communism are facing a dead end where there is neither a victor nor a loser. That is our present actual situation, and the future of mankind seems to be unpredictable and gloomy. Why can't democracy and communism be the solution for removing social problems? According to close analysis, the two thoughts do not have the core of ultimate truth. Even though democracy, on the positive side, contributed to the development of the political system, democracy has no clear and inclusive view of the world. On the other hand, communism has an inclusive and systematic view of the world, but it is based on false assumptions and distorted facts. (Nov. 15, 1983)
We are in the last days. Both democracy and communism are also in the last days. Therefore, in this end time, communism is struggling at the crossroads of life and death, and democracy is wandering at the crossroads of rising and falling. (Oct. 9, 1978)
Where does mankind have to go? Where is the ideal world which mankind has been looking for? Mankind gave up its hope for the future. However, the ideal world, which the democratic world is pursuing, has no subjectivity and objectivity to be able to transcend today's present situation. On the other hand, communism has a dream to have dominion over the whole world. But now, we can see that communist countries are pitted against one another. They cannot be unified into one. Their division is increasing and will result in the level of individual communism. (59-82)
The time for the democratic world is finished. The same for communism. Don't you think so? Although America was saying, "Oh, my fellow democratic countries, let's unite into one," were they unified into one? Rather, the democratic countries are almost dead. Do people of the world welcome America? [No!] They are saying that they will kick out America. Don't they say so? Communism also fell down from the international level to the national level. At this national level, no matter how communists may try, they cannot establish worldwide communism. (90-303)
Truly, will democracy or communism be able to unify this world? They do not have an inner power to able to absorb the world. If a thought tries to unify this world, the thought has to have an inner condition to able to digest this world. (15-51)
Was there such a thought which teaches clearly the problem of cause and effect? Communism? Even though materialism has its own logic of cause and effect, it cannot be the fundamental and ultimate theory. On the other hand, the center of thought which consists of democracy is Christianity, but Christianity does not do it. (67-217)
Democracy centered on Christianity did not establish the welfare society of well-being. Communism also did not do that. Accordingly, the society, which mankind is looking for cannot be established by the present democratic culture or communistic culture. (16-165)
3) The Reason Why Communism Must Fail
A. China And The Soviet Union
Whether communism would be destroyed or not can be guessed at from the controversy of two countries. If communism tries to dominate the world centering on the Slavic sphere, communism will fail because the national level cannot digest the worldwide level. Do you understand? Why are China and Soviet Union conflicting with each other by arguing about revisionism and doctrinism? It is because they dream of trying to dominate the world respectively without going beyond their nation. Such thought centered on the nation will be destroyed. Therefore, in order to unify the world, thought has to go beyond nationalism. In this sense, in order to unify the world, people of nations who can love the world more than their own nation should emerge. (34-337)
In 1957, the ideological controversy between China and Soviet Union began. However, today, what kind of things are happening? "Although my father and mother are communists, I dislike communists. I dislike autocracy." This kind of phenomena is occurring. When such phenomena goes through the first, second, and third generations, communism will be destroyed. While the democratic world has God's will to save the democratic world, communism has not. Since the communistic world has nothing to do with God's will, it cannot help but fail. On the other hand, because the democratic world has God's will, it has some possibility of being saved by God. Accordingly, when worldwide communism falls, the age of communism will end. Do you understand what I am saying? [Yes!] North Korea or China will no longer follow the Soviet Union. They became national communism. Moreover, when North Korea is internally divided into two groups fighting each other, and when one side cannot remove opposite people freely, the communism of North Korea will also end. (64-259)
The communist country is the same. When international communism emerged, it said, "We will be able to dominate the world centering on communism! Centering on the Soviet Union and the Slavs, people of the whole world will be united into one through communism." They dreamed like this. However, they were divided. Now, the relationship between the Soviet Union and China has fallen to the point that they can never be united forever. Moreover, various ethnic groups within the communist country itself are struggling with each other because of the their different characteristics, different habits, and the historical background in which they had fought against one another. This shows that communism itself decreases. (82-13)
Let's see. From 1957 on, the Soviet Union and China began to divide. The communist party tried to establish its dominion over the whole world centering on the Slavs. This, in other words, is the same as saying, "Let's live for the sake of ourselves." Because the communist party is divided, communism will be destroyed. (77-201)
What kind of world will be developed in the future? Worldwide communism would destroy the one of national level, the communism of national level would destroy the one of the level of people. Originally, the communist world was one; but it became divided between a Cain-type country and an Abel-type country. In the future, Cain-type communist countries themselves would fight one another. When they come to fight against one another, on Satan's side, absolute individualism comes to emerge. On the other hand, on God's side, the worldwide thought will be advocated, and the world of God's side will be united into one. (16-195)
B. Independent Communist Parties
How about communism? Now, communist parties such as Italy's communist party, or France's communist party, are opposing the Soviet Union, and proclaim the independent line. Is that right? [Yes!] Communists were wandering about in the dream of the domination of the world, but as the dawn of history breaks, they woke up from their rosy dream, and begin to recognize their reality. They had dreamed to unify the world centering on communism, but that dream came to vanish. Why is that so? It is because communism itself contains many possibilities of change. The dialectic itself is the logic of change. The dialectic cannot become the logic which can establish the standard of true value like a precious jewel. The reason why the logic of the dialectic emerged is that the democratic world does not recognize themselves, and does not find their own position, and does not go their own way. In other words, the dialectic is raised in order to stimulate the democratic world. Thus, the dialectic is just a temporal logic, which God can permit as a means to stimulate the democratic world. (85-99)
C. From The View Of Ownership
While today's democracy favors individual ownership, communism promotes joint ownership. Although everything must be offered to God, the two worlds regard every possession as their own. That is the same as offering all ownership to Satan. This is what we call communism. Although everything should be offered to God at the place of denying oneself, communism does not do so. Even though communists deny individual ownership, they do not deny their ownership with a true mind, and insist on joint ownership in the false position. Because of that, communism must fail. (29-162)
What is the thinking process of today's Communist Party? Mine is mine and yours is also mine. This is the thinking method of the Communist Party. Such thinking must be destroyed. On the other hand, what is the thinking process on God's side? Mine is yours, and yours is the family's, and the family's is the tribe's, and tribe's is the people's, and the people's is the country's, and country's is the world's, and the world's is God's, and God's becomes mine. This is the thinking process of God's side. On this foundation, even the establishment of Utopia is possible and the world of happiness, hope, and love is possible. Until now, mankind did not know the thinking process of God's side. (77-201)
D. From The Heavenly Viewpoint
The reason why a country is destroyed is the country is opposed to the heavenly ideal. When heavenly mind and consciousness go together, the country can develop. Otherwise, the country is destroyed. Therefore, communism will be destroyed. On the other hand, because Christianity went with God, Christianity was invulnerable in Christian history. (13-240)
No matter how the Communist Party makes plans in order to become the central country of the world centering on humanism, as long as they do not gain a victory over God, who is also trying to be the center of the world, communism must be destroyed, and the communist country will be subjugated before God. In the end, in order for God to become the center, we can conclude that God has to see the democratic and communist worlds collapse. (81-101)
Communists believe that they can lead the world centering on communism, and can manage the world even in the future, but that is nonsense. Can communism digest the democratic world? Is communism prepared to receive the coming fortune of the future? Can communism take responsibility for the world on behalf of the God of justice? [No!] Communism is materialism. Because it denies the existence of God. it must fall over the cliff. (162-191)
The mission of religion is to reveal the existence of God and teach how to occupy God's love. Therefore, True Father established the Unification Church and is now fulfilling such a mission. Once we occupy God's love, the dominion of the world will be different. Today, some people are arguing for the ideal and love disregarding of the love of God. But such an argument is useless, and their efforts to pursue that ideal will fail. In this sense, communists are destined to fail. If they do not fail, we should fail. Because communists deny human love, they are fundamentally denying all emotional relations which have been transmitted historically until now. However, no matter how they try to deny it, love cannot be denied. (18-327)
Because God's Day was proclaimed, both the democratic world and the communist world will be divided internally. Today, every phenomenon of the fallen world becomes decayed and destroyed, and even the last thing which is decayed has to be driven out in order to restore this world. (19-339)
At the time of Jesus, the difficult achievements of 4,000 years had been in vain, but today, our Unification Church will not repeat the same failure. The surprising fact is that the historical foundation to be able to praise God has been made. But this has not been accomplished without a plan. All things, which were tied, are untied in accordance with the Divine Principle. Let's think about how the spiritual world feels joy. If such an after-effect of our achievement has influence on the democratic world, America will be able to play an important role at the subjective position of heavenly history, and the realm of communism will collapse naturally. That will be done. The realm of communism will collapse naturally. (79-30)
We have to take responsibility for the history of the past, present, and future. Among the past saints, there is nobody who wishes that America and the democratic world would be dominated by communism in the future. All persons in the spiritual world who had lived on earth before, wish to eradicate the root of communism in this world. Even former communists who are now in the spiritual world also wish that communism will fail. Therefore all the spiritual world wish that the Communist Party will be eradicated. That is the wish and painful heart of our ancestors. Every spiritual person in the spiritual world wishes that. Thus, to destroy communism means to accomplish the wish of historical ancestors. (79-3 10)
Because communism denies the way of the saint and patriot and instead indulges in the material and secular world, it has to be destroyed. The universal force cannot but remove communism. Communism will not last much longer. (April 12, 1981)
If we follow the law of indemnity, every problem of the world will be resolved. Do you understand? [Yes!] Then, would communism fail or not? [It will fail.] Communism must fail. Communists destroy their political enemies in order to maintain their power. However, even if one went to the spiritual world because of a purge, because one's descendants remain in this world, his descendants will avenge the enemy of their parents. In such a situation, would the world of peace be likely to come? Would peace be likely to come in such a situation of horror and anxiety? The world of peace can only come when one can say, "Thank you," even visit before one's death. On the other hand, when one says, "You took advantage of me. You had me sacrificed like this," the world of peace can never come. (80-238)
Would communism develop or not? The answer can be recognized through the law of indemnity. (32-35)
The thought of the Unification Church is not materialism. Unification Thought is the thought to raise people to God. Accordingly, God can raise up the Unification Church. On the contrary, since materialism is the thought to draw people away from God, if one follows communism, one must fail. (Jan. 1, 1980)
4) The Period of No-Ideology
We are now facing an extremely confused world. Moreover, we know that this world is filled with antagonism, jealousy, and disbelief. Regarding this present situation, people call this world the age of No-Ideology or the age of the destruction of the view of value. On the other hand, religious people call this world the end of the world. Such negative tendency is spread to the individual, family, nation, and the world. In this sense, mankind is confronted by a despairing worldwide situation. In this present situation, in order to pursue the new world of hope, a new central thought has to emerge which can be welcomed by the individual, family, society, nation, and the world. When we briefly look at church history, the uncertain trend of thought centered on God led the Medieval age for a while, but as that thought decreased, the humanistic world began to emerge. However, as the trend of humanistic thought also did not fulfill its mission, this world is now facing the extremely dangerous situation in which materialism has dominion over the world. Since materialism is fundamentally based on the value of material, materialism can be said to be the thought of the end of the world. That is, we are now facing the thought of the end of the world. (78-98)
The present age is called the age of No-Ideology and the age of uncertainty. Nobody knows the fundamental cause why this age is called that. Only through the manifested phenomena do people say that today's world is the age of the destruction of the view of value. Today's young people, who are living in the cultural realm of the free world, are wandering because they don't know exactly where they should go. The destruction of the view of value is derived from the loss of confidence in the future. The wandering of the young generation, which is spreading like a terrible disease, also means the destruction of human society in the future. As the age of uncertainty, which was caused by No-Ideology, continues, mankind will not get away from desperation. Intellectuals and religious persons, as well as leaders, also will not get out of this swamp of despair. Academic institutes and universities also will not escape the hot wind of this destruction. (March 7, 1982)
The present society which we are facing can be called the age of disbelief and uncertainty. People are living with anxiety, worrying about an uncertain future, because the present situation is one of disbelief as various problems conflict with one another. (March 7, 1982)
The Communist Party had a dream to unify the world centering on worldwide communism, but now communism has fallen down from the worldwide level to the national level. When communism falls down from the national level to tribal level, communism will meet its end. The democratic world also is falling down from the worldwide realm centering on America, to the national realm which can provide support only for America. America abandoned the world, now people of America are fighting among themselves. Likewise, when the democratic world falls down from the worldwide level to national level, the democratic world will meet its end. Therefore, today's world is called the age of No-Ideology. What view of value does mankind have?
What is the value of a human? Today's human seems to have only the value of an animal. Because today's human becomes secularized and pursues only actual value, the value of his life is lowered to the value of an animal. Accordingly, today's human has nothing valuable. Today, such a despairing result was fundamentally derived from false humanism, which had been raised against the blind faith of Christianity. At that time, humanism did not know the spiritual human, but it knew only the animal human. By denying humanism, which denied the existence of God, we have to go toward the new stage which can affirm God again. Then, based on God, we have to establish humanism again. That is the law of negation of negation. When rediscovered, the denied God is not the same God as the God of the past. This God is not the same concept of God which Christianity had insisted on in the past. The rediscovered concept of God should be the new idea of higher level Christianity. (83-310)
As you know, you are facing the confused phenomena of the world. Some people call this time the age of No-Ideology and the destruction of value. When we see the present age groan, owing to the desperate situation, we can feel that this is the age of revolutionary change. This is the same for people of Korea as well for people of America who are leading the democratic world. The Soviet Union which is leading the communistic world is also groaning internally owing to such phenomena. Although people don't know exactly what it is, individual and nation are equally looking for a new start for the future. Because all people of the world share the same destiny, the whole world is expecting to come into the age of revolutionary change. (86-60)
This world is at the edge of a cliff. So, a worldwide breakthrough and worldwide leaders are needed in this world. A true leadership organization and a true master are not in this world. Your mind does not become the master of yourself, and your parents do not become the master of your family, and responsible persons do not become the master of your country, and people who are leading this world do not become the master of this world. All people are not true masters, but wage earners. Wage earners! Such wage earners exploit people and are doing everything for the sake of their own benefit. This world is filled with such poor people who are committing wrongs against the heavenly will. (84-207)
Where would mankind go? There is nowhere to go. Because of that, young people are sitting and hesitating without attempting anything. People like us are moving busily at every second because we have no time. On the other hand, these young people were sitting there when we went out in the morning, and when we come back at 3 p.m., they will still be sitting there, because there is no place where they want to go. You may be confronted by such a destiny sooner or later. True Father will see what will happen to the proud person, the proud intellectual person. In Japan, a professor committed suicide. Because the Communist Party made a disturbance in his country, and people of the nation did not manage that, he committed suicide. Nobody can handle that. How can this be overcome? Mankind does not have a foundation to be able to overcome. There is no such way. Now, we do not need either democracy nor communism. Only the ideal thought which the mind desires is needed. In order to go out to find that ideal thought, now, some thought or theory is needed. However, such theory and thought are not truth itself. They are just a bridge and a road to introduce truth. Mankind has to go over that bridge. (27-232)
Today's people make a disturbance with theories such as the destruction of the view of value or the age of No-Ideology. Therefore, now, the leader, who would lead the world by the subjective and certain thought, is requested by necessity. Economic, political, and scientific problems are not important. A true person is like a treasure that must come out and has to raise the new revolution. If that person becomes the master of the world and creates new value from the individual level, family level up to the worldwide level, how wonderful it will be. That is the agony of discreet people at this present time. (85-100)