t is not easy to write about historical characters, especially those who have a direct effect on the world. We have here a glorious character whose noble aims can help to solve the deepest problems facing humankind.
The character that I am referring to is—both this year and for the coming years—"Father Moon." Growing up in his native Korea, Dr. Sun Myung Moon became intensely aware of human suffering and the failure of humanity to create a loving and just world. He sought to understand why people suffer and how suffering can be ended. His intentions were to help the poor people and stand beside them to alleviate their suffering. Therefore, he came up with new theories and opinions that help people use their brains to think and to contemplate, not to follow blindly old histories.
Father Moon is a leader for humankind in this era who, like a prophet, has faced great hardship and persecution without ever deviating from his chosen path. After receiving his commission from God, he knew he could not succeed in his task without a profound understanding of the Creator and His creation. Hence, Father Moon insists that people use their brain and reflect on how they treat others. He never discriminates based on nationality, color or religion. He always tells people to hold onto their religion and to help others, since all religions call for love and kindness, not for hatred or envy. All people have the same rights and they have to fulfill their duties to each other for our mutual existence and well-being.
The love that Father Moon talks about is true love. True love means to give and give and give, to forget that you have given, and then give again. True love is cultivated in the family. Without relationships of true love, men and women are incapable of building a world of peace and prosperity. These relationships are best accomplished in a good family. A true family is a school of pure, principled love. Such families are essential, for if everyone in a family loves each other, this love will spread honest and pure spiritual qualities to society. Thus, let us purify our spirit and manifest love to our family and society.
Father Moon wants us to expand international cooperation to everybody based on true love without any discrimination; he has converted his thoughts into deeds and promotes salvation through ethical living and true love.
The fundamental questions about life and the universe cannot be answered conclusively without understanding the nature of God, the Creator. Religion belongs to God. God is one, and He created us to cooperate with each other and help others, not to destroy or hate each other. All religions call for love, issuing an open invitation to everyone to follow God’s will. In order to understand God, people need to study God’s creation, especially humankind, the crowning perfection of God’s creative work.
Father Moon wants us to be involved in the economic and political fields by implementing international projects that help people rise up from poverty, unemployment, blindness, darkness and sickness. These kinds of projects will involve thousands of engineers and workers in order to bridge the gaps between nations. His idea is to help millions of people recover from tension and destruction.
I agree with Father Moon that we should have international projects that will employ qualified people from each country, in order to overcome poverty and unemployment. In the political field, Father Moon thinks it will promote national security if politicians care for the people of their nation by avoiding discrimination and promoting respect for one another, which eventually will blossom into love.
In order to promote true love, people should have a full respect for and appreciation of each other’s beliefs and never attack weak people in the way that the powerful nations these days control the weak nations and sometimes eliminate them. We see that most of the societies who have historically lived in their land have no rights or freedoms, and they have become strangers in their own countries. Father Moon came to help such countries to see the light and encourage them to be free and strong.
I have come to love Father Moon’s principles and thoughts; I respect his attitude and endeavors. This respectable man is masterful and enthusiastic; he dedicates his life to help alleviate suffering by blessing the entire world so all people can attain peace and love.
Instead of animosity or hatred, we should all seek to love and care for one another and follow Father Moon, who, like a prophet for this era, calls for true love and the ideal family. For this reason I love him very much.