t is right and proper to pay respectful and joyous tribute to an illustrious visionary, who with inspirational perspicacity has for many years illuminated a pathway to offer us the chance to live in a better world, a world of peace and plenty.
In 2005 and 2006, Father Moon and his family undertook unbelievably strenuous tours of every continent to share the message of world peace. This latest effort is but a sample of the consistent and pragmatic efforts this icon has been making for world peace despite the dark clouds that often hover over the international environment.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon has inspired and established dozens of organizations, thereby creating conditions to bring people of all nationalities, religions and status together to show them the way of love, tolerance and the glory of God. Understandably, he and Mrs. Moon are regarded as the "True Parents" to those who have been touched by his generous affection and deeds.
What also distinguishes Father Moon is his passionate patriotism, business acumen, religious fervor, extreme optimism and leadership. He has gathered around him women and men of extraordinary dedication to the cause. True leadership is shown when a person attracts high-quality followers.
Having attended several international conferences, I can attest that the Universal Peace Federation conferences stand out for their quintessential smoothness of management. This level of efficiency is truly a credit to astute leadership.
Rev. Moon’s relentless campaign for good is of particular significance when we take into account human history. History has shown how little has been achieved for peace worldwide, in spite of the rhetoric of world leaders, armistices, treaties, the League of Nations and the United Nations.
The base of human society is the family. Rev. Moon has taught us that if we secure the sanctity of the family unit, we begin a process that leads to a morally and spiritually good community, country and world. Such families and communities would develop a strong sense of love, purity and oneness leading to the highest ideal, which Father Moon has identified as "living for the sake of others," the linchpin of a better life.
Rev. Moon's monumental task will not easily bear full fruit today, nor can we expect an overnight change by people, who, as he points out, were disconnected from God when Adam and Eve, our earliest ancestors, disobeyed the instructions of the Creator. He puts it succinctly—the fall of mankind occurred.
Many sages, prophets, religious figures and other leaders have sought ways to effect this reconnection with the Creator in order to earn salvation and find peace among all men. History reveals their limited success. Religions aim to bring love, kindness and peace, but they have not had great success. Ironically, religion has caused much conflict and suffering up until today. The Crusades and the Inquisition have left a legacy of hate, distrust and an "us" versus "them" cycle.
The great task ahead is to attain the dream of all ages for peace. However, with the Universal Peace Federation banner held high, we must rededicate ourselves on this occasion, to push extra hard in the vanguard of the philosophy of peace and to realize Rev. Moon's lifelong quest for a world of pure love, compassion, justice, understanding and peace.
We can hardly ignore current events all around us, which suggest that this is not all easy going. Unhappily, today, war attracts thirsty men like water in a hot desert. Blinded by our history of so-called nation-building, too many of us assume the utility of conquest, war and conflict; indeed, this is a school of thought held by many people. As a student of history, I know how many are convinced that the path to nation-building has to be through conquest. And I can see how the road to nation-building can be achieved by our good deeds and a change of attitude.
We were brought up, as millions of children are now being reared, to glorify and even to follow men who bear arms. The conquerors, not the saints or sages, occupy many pages in our history books. This generation has many lessons to learn from the inhumanity and immorality of plunder, discrimination, war and violence. The successions of revolutions show that some soon develop their own radicalism after toppling an evil or undesirable predecessor, oft-times referred to as "a despised past."
In Italy, Mussolini introduced in October 1922 a fascist calendar, which ended unceremoniously in April 1945 with the defeat of Germany and its Axis powers. This was part of a pattern of violent change. As in 1792, when the French Republic was proclaimed, such changes were symbols of an ideological desire to eliminate the past from the minds of the people.
This tendency in many places to erase the memory of earlier questionable environments and habits resulted in sustained periods of propaganda and brainwashing. This form of subtle terror excuses violence before and after a revolution or other traumatic events. This in a sense launched the age of mass warfare.
I mention these things to remind us that the pain, anguish, dislocation and disfigurement of millions of people are seldom recorded in history. We see this tragedy today in Iraq and elsewhere; we need do something new and morally correct: not mainly to end wars, but to eliminate the idea of war itself.
I believe this is what Rev. Moon has set out to do. He has so far done a commendable job, bringing people from every walk of life and every religion to share their experiences and chart a path to peace by destroying the belief in the utility of war.
He has proposed a Peace UN. Throughout the six decades of the UN’s existence, it has not secured peace on earth. He has encouraged marriages across the many divides. He has promoted cultural, sporting and economic activities to encourage our youth to lead this noble assault against violence and war as a panacea to human difficulties.
We hail this grand design of Father Moon, confident that his legacy will be a kinder world where we will make peace among all men a reality.