hen I first heard Dr. Sun Myung Moon speak, I had never heard anybody speaking Korean before. At the same time I could hear the translation through my headset. But I had never heard such a speaker communicate heart-to-heart in such an intimate and emotional way, using such a range of tones. I was struck by such an unusual arsenal of linguistic interpretation. I was astonished, influenced, impressed and sometimes even shocked.
There were no indifferent people in the hall; everybody reacted in their own way. Some wondered, some waited, and some got some new inspiration from the speech, something they had never heard or thought about before.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, visited Lithuania to speak about the amazing time we are living in and the great potential within each person, family and country when the desire to fight for peace is awakened in people’s hearts and when their desire is purified with divine flame of true love and fidelity.
I heard many new ideas that day. These were wonderful ideas. They made me think and adjust my previous values. In some cases, I had to step back and to take a new glance at the world around us, the established political and economic structures of society, and the relationships among individuals, peoples, nations, races and religions.
Rev. Moon described the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) as a new UN-type organization which will seek to build true peace and true mutual understanding. If humanity truly desires peace, it needs a new foundation of trust, cooperation, love and virtue. This vision must include different creeds, races and states, and people of different faiths, races and states.
The foundation for peace is the family and this initial cell of society also has to be renewed. Education should align people with God and with ideas of love, sacrifice and respect. Individuals and leaders of all types, including government and industry, should have a merciful heart that can sympathize with others and love their neighbors and even their enemies. If people’s foundational ideas are love, goodwill, peace and serenity, they can always find a harmonized balance.
The story of Cain and Abel is a legend, but through the lips of Dr. Moon it takes on new aspects that modern human beings urgently need to understand. Cain is represented by our material world, with its closely connected business, money, and material interests. Many times such interests cause enmity between nations, between people of different creeds, or even between members of the same family. Abel is represented by the other side of existence. In this world of heart, the main characteristics are sacrifice, compassion, mercy, humane feelings with the main role being played by love, faithfulness, virtues and fellowship.
Both on social and individual levels, good and evil always fight with each other. There are no people in the world who are just white or just black; there are no absolutely good or absolutely bad people either. There is constant disharmony between good and evil.
If a power of material origin with Cain-type virtues starts to dominate in a person’s internal world, then he becomes brutish, cruel, egoistic, ambitious, and wants to meet only his own or his group’s egoistic needs. We say that such a person is stone-hearted. That is an expression of the Cain-type philosophy of life.
On the contrary, if the boundary between good and evil is more on the spiritual side and if an individual can detach and depart further from Cain-type ideas and philosophy, he becomes more spiritual, sincere, faithful and reliable; he will never be able to forget his poor neighbor but will reach out to him unselfishly, and without counting expenses he will share what he has.
The civilized world has powerful technology and uses most of its creative energy to create material value. People are unable or unwilling to understand that human nature cannot be satisfied by mere material things and that it needs a comprehensive spiritual life and spiritual food. People need to know the purpose of life, what the future holds, and how their grandchildren and great-grandchildren will live. This concept of human life involves true love, faithfulness, democracy, grand humanistic ideas, and the ideas of the heavenly world. When the material aspect of life is so emphasized (this disease is especially true for countries under Marxist ideology), society tends toward roughness, violence, alcoholism and drug addiction, scorn for the family, and other scarcely curable spiritual diseases which cause society to degenerate.
Without denying the material needs of life, a person’s spiritual life has to be created and renewed. Using the motifs of the Cain and Abel legend, both individual and social affairs have to be ordered in such a manner that Cain and Abel can reconcile and coexist in every individual and in society as a whole.
The separation between the philosophical viewpoints of Cain and Abel is typical not only of individuals but also nations. Some cherish democracy and human rights, offering peaceful assistance to brother and sister nations. In contrast, other nations that were formerly dominated by Marxist dictatorship and ideology cannot throw away such Cain-type ideas, economics and violence; human rights are always violated, using all kinds of ideological surrogates. These nations want to deny established democratic postulates and adjust to the needs of dictatorships, which are just lies—hollow, thoughtless declarations.
After World War II, heads of states and all society became worried about the future of humankind. It became clear that for civilized persons, even on the battlefield, to kill each other is brutal vandalism, crimes against humanity supported by fictitious laws that have to be changed. We have to be wise and give up military means, because all controversial questions can be solved by compromises from both sides.
It was of course for this purpose that the UN was created. Many decades after its establishment, agreements have not been reached, and around the globe bloody and destructive wars keep flaring up. Why can’t we find agreement, why don’t wise ideas win, why do we always attempt to solve both global and local problems with guns, shedding the blood of innocent people?
Rev. Dr. Moon gave quite a comprehensive answer. Before explaining this hypothesis in detail, let me remind the reader that a similar solution was given by the brilliant Kyrgyz writer Chingis Aitmatov in his novel The Scaffold:
When a living person adopts the personality of a false god (he usually does not call himself like this, but others start to call him like that), big catastrophes result. Let’s remember the price society paid for false gods such as Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Mussolini. The words and decisions made by such false gods become holy, absolute and almighty rules for everybody.
When two "gods" confront each other, only a vicious struggle can solve it. Societies suffer from the false gods they themselves created when Cain’s spirit dominated them. In such nations, even though the creation of material values becomes a life goal, because of dictatorial tendencies, material production diminishes and people drown in poverty.
After society loses its spirituality, many other vices arise in addition to poverty. there arise enmity, betrayal, and the elimination of people who think differently. Each person’s step is regulated by the government, according to the false god’s plan. These false gods reinforce repressive powers and without any hesitation not only kill true enemies but even make enemies out of many members of their own society.
Remember the repressions of Stalin, the way student demonstrations were handled in China and the current situation in Korea, and it will become clear what awaits a society that creates a cult of false gods.
Rev. Dr. Moon offers a solution to these problems not by fear and force but with the spirit of understanding, respect and love. First, there must be an opportunity at the United Nations for leaders of different religious groups to work together. God is one. Although people from different nations and continents worship Him in different ways, they pray for the same things: happiness, peace, health and coexistence.
When God created Adam and Eve, He did not create different articles of faith for various denominations to fight over. Such fighting is brutal both physically and ideologically. Thus, there needs to be an institution at the United Nations where people from different religious groups can find peaceful solutions to the world’s problems.
To solve all these problems, we ultimately need spiritual materialists; thus, there should be places both for Cain and Abel, and the world needs to be big enough to understand their thoughts and desires and prevent them from hating and fighting each other. Thus, everything depends on humans in general as well in individually.
Will simplistic, comfortable humanistic ideas change the thinking of the dictators in North Korea or Cuba? Could such ideas have changed Beria, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini and people similar to them? To change such people, one needs a flame of love in one’s heart, the true love which a mother feels when she gives all of herself for her baby, sacrificing her body and blood without regret even when there is no response.
This is the love and faithfulness that Rev. Dr. Moon is speaking about. He states that we have to love and respect not only our friends but also our enemies. First, we have to understand them, evaluate why they are the way they are, determine the reasons for their hatred, and then reconcile as Cain and Abel both in ourselves and in society.
Rev. Moon has many ideas for solving educational problems. True love, faithfulness, respect and devotion need to be cultivated and grafted into children’s hearts from infancy. This involves three generations including not only one’s immediate family but also the grandparents.
All religious groups, schools, family members, friends and social groups have to take part. People who grow up in such families, with flames of true love for their neighbors in their hearts, will be able to embrace as Cain and Abel, change the world and create lasting peace on the earth.