wish to offer praise and glory to our Lord for enabling me to become acquainted with someone who is doing so much to open the way to realize peace on this earth. I came to realize how many people before me have been fostering world peace not only in words but in deeds. They have a burning desire to make a great leap forward for the sake of the happiness of others as well as themselves. Those treading this path represent not just one religion but all the faiths of this world. They are learned people, both secular and religious, and include heads of state, prime ministers and presidents.
I came to know this movement and fell in love with the people. Now I am laboring together with them for the sake of world peace. This is what my encounter with Rev. Sun Myung Moon has given to me. Could anyone possibly put it better than by stating, "The ultimate goal of God in creating human beings was to experience joy in His interaction with ideal families where true love abounds"? Or, in another passage, "God granted us equal status with Himself, the right to participate in His labors on an equal basis, to live together with Him, and to inherit everything from Him. God bequeathed all of His own attributes to humanity." (From Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s speech on September 12, 2005 in New York) Hearing such words, we feel responsible for extending these divine gifts to humankind.
All of us ought to believe in God and enjoy a tranquil, benign and peaceful life on this planet. It is not by chance that the following passages are in the Qur’an: "Knowledge opens the doors to Paradise," and "A man in quest of knowledge abides upon the throne of the Lord until he returns home." Like-minded thinkers seek the path of peace, unity, stability and prosperity. Fearing no obstacles, we walk this path without faltering or deviating from it.
Dr. Moon first undertook this path, and he showed us that no power under the sun and no difficulty whatsoever can block the way of whoever walks the right path. I first learned of Dr. Moon from his foes; I had read only negative things about him, yet I overcame those fears and joined the movement. In truth I was already upon the path of defending peace, having begun to organize a movement to restore peace in Afghanistan back in 1997. I was also organizing a movement for the reunification of Korea through the International Center for the Defense of Peace in Asia located in Dushanbe in my country.
In the Holy Bible, King Solomon, a sage and orator, declares that all rivers flow to the sea, yet the ocean never fills up, and the rivers return to their sources, ever again to flow to the sea. (Ecclesiastes 1:7) We ought to strive toward the sea and accomplish great goals. Dr. Moon fashioned an ocean and placed grandiose goals before us, exhorting all people to strive for them. People of all religions and all nationalities as well as men and women both young and old are heading toward this goal, and they differ markedly from those who have no goals in life and are merely striving to survive.
The President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rakhmonov, wrote about the origins of the Silk Road in his book The Tajik People in the Mirror of History:
The daughter of the Chinese leader went to marry a prince of the Scythian tribes, who lived at that in the frontier territory of Khutilon and Sogd (present-day Tajikistan). Within the folds of her skirts she secretly concealed silkworms and the seeds of the mulberry tree. From their side, the Chinese people bred the distinguished horses of Bactria (modern Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan), and learned how to cultivate their evergreen feed, alfalfa.
In such a manner, the peoples of Central Asia came to know the taste of mulberries and the soft texture of silk, while the Chinese gained fine horses and quality feed for their livestock. Through the Silk Road we became acquainted with one another.
Then why, in this twenty-first century, must we live in conflict and war rather than in peace and prosperity? Why should we not have a Silk Road in our time, a road which would bring people by the millions to our doorstep? Why should we regard other religions and religious movements as enemies? Why should we not see other nations as our friends and helpers? We must by all means work together to resolve these questions in a positive way.
Many thinkers have stated that hardships cultivate within an individual the qualities necessary for overcoming those same difficulties. Thus, we too must struggle to overcome our own difficulties. In fact, these challenges are the same for the entire population of our globe today. They are poverty, the lack of potable drinking water, epidemics, incurable diseases, the lack of good roads in some regions, infant mortality, cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and disastrous calamities such as tsunamis, floods and earthquakes.
Our president launched the UN project for the Decade of Water for Life which gave to tens of millions of people the chance to escape death from unsanitary water supplies and inspired governments to consider the ecological problems that affect the health of all the people of our planet. The United Nations adopted this idea, and a resolution was passed by acclamation. In such a manner, we ought to search for ideas and goals oriented to the service of humanity.
There are also many remaining challenges which people have ushered in, such as international terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, separatism, extremism, slave trade, dealing in weaponry, the whole complex of environmental problems, AIDS, a whole range of epidemic diseases, moral breakdown and the crisis of the family.
I am deeply inspired by the activities and by the spirituality of this great man, and I believe that if each one of us will think, work and live for the sake of others, we will at the same time be living for our own sake and for the sake of our next of kin, our friends, relatives, our children and grandchildren. Such a philosophy will help bring about stability and prosperity of all the countries and peoples of our world today.
The Bering Strait project is truly the greatest project being undertaken to link the international rail and highway systems and unify our world as one living zone. Will this not be a chief contribution to clearing away the barriers between nations, peoples, races and cultures—barriers which for thousands of years have hindered the path of development of mankind as a whole? Is it time to wholeheartedly support this idea which inspires us to move toward unification and development? May God bless all people who work to eliminate poverty, conflict and sorrow; and lead all people toward love, unity, and prosperity.
The Sogd peoples tell the following story:
Once a donkey complained to a camel, "Why do I keep falling down on the trail, whereas you do not?" The camel replied, "Mainly it is because I am taller and keener of eyesight than you, and I can see much farther. For I look upon the world from a higher vantage than you, and because, for example, from the very outset, I can see from the beginning to the end of a pitfall. In such a way, the grace of God has revealed to me everything along my path, and so I always know how and where to plant each footstep. You, in contrast, are only able to see what is right in front of your eyes, like a bird who only sees the bird seed two paces ahead of him, without noticing the snares surrounding it."
It behooves us to acknowledge those who see farther and more clearly, think more deeply, do more, and give more than ourselves. We ought to stand shoulder to shoulder with experienced and wise leaders and jointly offer our services to humanity.