The Road of Heart
by Patricia Hess
New technology would make it possible for a high speed global transportation system to emerge from the Bering Strait and Korean-Japan tunnel projects; however, there are two main hurdles: first, the cost of the technology, and, second, the management of the social changes it would bring. The cost of the projects could be recovered by combining renewable energy technology with a pneumatic tube capsule pipeline to generate electricity to produce hydrogen from sea water. Initial financing could come from private sources by creatively stimulating popular support through conflict resolution and peace issues. Managing the transit system, to avoid social problems such as terrorism, crime, and immorality, could be accomplished by an ethics program using peer pressure in small groups – with benefits of travel as rewards for voluntary participation. A ‘Peace Zone’ and ‘Peace Council’ could serve to facilitate the socioeconomic transitions of increased international travel and trade. The synergy of new technology and social change offers an opportunity to redirect the world towards brotherly love and altruism by focusing on developing the potential of the human heart. In alignment with the providential purpose of benefitting all humanity, these projects could open up a ‘road of heart,’ leading to a peaceful and prosperous future. "We must have a heart such as God has. We must love human beings and all things of creation on the basis of an absolutely unselfish standard, just as God does." Moon, Sun Myung, 2007.7.4
1. The Significance of the Bering Strait and the Korean Japan Tunnel Projects from the Providential Viewpoint 1.1 The Providential Viewpoint 1.2 In View of Humanity 1.3 A Perspective of Heart 2. Ways to Pursue These Projects: Technology and Financing 2.1 Technology for High Speed Global Transit 2.2 Cost Effective Technology for Regional Transit 2.3 Integrating Complementary Technologies for Energy and Income 2.4 Creative Ideas for Attracting Private Financing
3. Ways to Approach Social Change: Ethics and Social Management 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 The Synergy of New Technology and Social Change Promoting Ethics in Small Groups Managing Socioeconomic Transitions Managing International and Inter-Religious Issues Coming to a Consensus on Ethics
4. Ways to Develop the Human Heart: Origin and Potential 4.1 Theories about Human Development 4.2 Social and Lineal Development through Families 5. Conclusion: There is a Will – and These are the Ways
1. The Significance of the Bering Strait and the Korean-Japan Tunnel Projects from the Providential Viewpoint
1.1 The Providential Viewpoint 'Providential' means God's purpose. Certainly, His purpose is absolute and unchanging; however, we may disagree about what it is. People of different religions often can't agree on what our Creator's Name is, so, of course, viewpoints about His purpose will vary. We have been divided by faiths and philosophies; but, despite our differences, we share the common understanding that our Creator is benevolent. Indeed, the heart of our Heavenly Parent must be greater than the highest ideals of love that humans aspire to. Therefore, His purpose must surely be from altruistic love, for the benefit of humanity. Social, economic and political perspectives are often limited by self-interest or nationalism, but looking from the eyes of God, a plan that would benefit humanity must embrace all people of the world and of the future. From the heart of God, the goal could be nothing less than lasting peace. Therefore, the most significant potential of the Bering Strait and Korean Japan tunnel projects would be to pave the way to world peace. These projects would be the beginning of a global transportation system that could not only cross national borders, but also lines of race, caste, religion and ethnicity – breaking down the barriers that alienate people. 1.2 In View of Humanity As noble as the purpose is, it cannot be accomplished simply by constructing roads or railways. We must consider that a global transportation system could also accelerate terrorism, crime and immorality. As we have seen with nuclear power, any technology can be used for either good or evil. Opening an artery of transit, with the world's social environment as it is now, would be like opening a portal for disease. Just as viruses like the flu multiply when people travel more, social problems such as violence, drugs and prostitution would also increase. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, all nations suffer from social problems. Border restrictions often fail to prevent dangerous, corrupt and immoral people from international travel. Governments usually focus on increasing their economic prosperity and military power, but that has not proved to be an answer. Even a nation as wealthy and powerful as the United States has not been able to stop drug dealers and gang members from coming across the Mexican border. Although the United States has become richer and stronger over the last fifty years, criminal and immoral activity associated with drug use has spread like a plague. People in poor nations are even more susceptible; in some cases, people are so impoverished that they sell their own children for prostitution or slavery. It is estimated that several million people a year become victims of human trafficking. With ground transit that could take people across the world in a day, it would be even easier for organized crime to prey upon countries that don’t have adequate civil security. In view of this situation, it is absolutely critical to address the socioeconomic implications of a global transportation system. 1.3 A Perspective of Heart In order for people to overcome their self-centered lust for sex and arrogant
greed for money and power, a social environment of parental love, family values and altruism is essential. The challenge we must take on is to re-create our lifestyles, cultures and educational systems to stimulate the moral development of heart. Our Creator has already given us the potential - all things of creation develop according to the principles of science and laws of love that are evident throughout the universe, and the human heart is no exception. Rather than waiting on God to do it for us, we must take responsibility to change the social situation of our people and our future generations. The failure to inherit the heart, character, and spirit of our Heavenly Parent has been a human fault; therefore, human action is necessary to reverse it - we must exercise our free will to reach our true potential. Consider all the money and time the world spends on dealing with acts of hatred, corruption and oppression. Instead, if it was spent on the problems of poverty, disease and environmental destruction, so much human suffering could be prevented. Social problems originate as problems of heart, so there must be a solution of heart. From this perspective, I would like to present a plan for a road of heart and discuss how people who take that road will be able to use a road of new technology for the benefit of all humankind.
2. Ways to Pursue These Projects: Technology and Financing
2.1 Technology for High Speed Global Transit The technology with the best potential for high speed global transportation is the 'mag-lev vac-train.' Trains using magnetic levitation are currently in service and reach speeds of 500 miles per hour. But, these trains could theoretically reach speeds many times higher: an incredible 4000 mph. This would be possible by creating a vacuum in a tunnel to reduce air friction. Tube tunnels would be advantageous because they would require much less expense, construction time, and maintenance, and they would also cause less environmental impact than conventional tunnels. Tube tunnels are used to cross underwater without going underground. They are constructed on land and then assembled on a suspension system that is built above the ocean floor. They could also be suspended above land, like a tramway. 2.2 Cost Effective Technology for Regional Transit Unfortunately, the cost of mag-lev technology is so expensive that it would be difficult to finance, as well as to recoup costs. Also, while mag-lev vac-trains would be ideal for long distance travel, their super high speeds would not be practical for the short distances of the Bering Strait and the Korean-Japan Sea, or for routes with many stops - these places could be served well enough by a train ofaverage speed. The best option would be a dual system with two types of trains: one of super high speed and the other of average speed. This way, the mag-lev train would stop in only the largest cities; then, people could transfer to the slower train for locations along the way. There are several new designs for trains with speeds between 100-200 mph. A prototype that would cost much less than a mag-lev, but provide similar efficiency, is the 'air train' – a combination of aeronautic and
train technology that uses the principles of flight to increase speed. Reducing construction costs is one way to make it financially possible, and another way is by increasing the potential income from usage. By first constructing an average speed train, there would be time to develop usage and infrastructure enough to justify the expense of the high speed train, so it would not sit idle in the meantime. Also, designing the trains to be carriers for personal vehicles – like a ferry service – would eliminate the need for a conventional highway, as well as the pollution from it. This would be wise because if a highway for personal vehicles was alongside the railway, it would reduce the usage of the railway, and, thus, the potential of recovering costs. 2.3 Integrating Complementary Technologies for Energy and Income Wise choices regarding the types of technology, timing of completion, and areas of operation could significantly reduce the expense of these projects. Besides that, there are many possibilities for integrating technology to produce electricity - for example, using wind or wave power. Renewable energy production could possibly make the system pay for itself. While proposing the plan for global transit, Reverend Doctor Sun Myung Moon recommended including a pneumatic tube system - a capsule pipeline using vacuum pressure for transporting packages. It could be incorporated into the railway by using conduits within the tube tunnels. The capsules could be made to move along a piezo electric track to produce renewable energy. Pneumatic and piezo technologies are already in use, but combining them into one system for both shipping and energy production would be an innovative approach. The location of the initial projects would be ideal because the electricity could be used to produce hydrogen from sea water; that would reduce the dependence on foreign fuel imports, speed the transition to a hydrogen economy, and benefit the environment. Plus, if the tube tunnels and capsule pipelines were completed first, then income from the shipping service and energy production could offset the cost of completing the mag-lev trains. 2.4 Creative Ideas for Attracting Private Financing If private individuals and corporations could be motivated to provide financing for these projects, the burden of governments to supply funding from taxes would be reduced. A shipping service together with a renewable energy supply would draw investors, not only for potential profits, but because conventional delivery services would be surpassed by the speed, efficiency and lower costs of the new system. Besides investors, philanthropists would be another source for private funding. By creatively promoting peace issues, popular support for completing the projects could inspire people to donate. Here is an idea: Russia and America could offer a 'buy back' program on their stocks of nuclear weapons. When individuals or corporations donated a certain amount to the project, then two nuclear weapons would be dismantled – one from Russia and one from America. That way, if the project cost $100 billion and the donation amount was set at $1 million, a thousand people could donate to have 2000 nuclear weapons dismantled, and the entire cost of the project would be paid for. Since the two nations have a combined total of over 20,000 nuclear weapons, the 'buy back' program would reduce the number by only 10% - not enough to threaten security. Plus, it would move the world at least a tenth of the way toward peace.
Though Korea and Japan don't have weapon stockpiles to bargain with, they could use a similar approach to attract private funding; for example, they could agree to auction off the small islands that have been a territorial dispute (they are called the Dokdo or Takeshima islands). Then, the money could be jointly invested for the completion of the Korea Japan tunnel. In fact, any issue that stirs up public interest could become a fundraising stimulus if a resolution could be offered in exchange for donations. What if Japan said, “We will offer a hundred bows to the comfort women of Korean history if 100 philanthropists will donate $100,000 each to the Korean Japan tunnel project”? A tsunami of emotion could flood the project with funds.
3. Ways to Approach Change: Ethics and Social Management
3.1 The Synergy of New Technology and Social Change In history, new technology has often brought about social change. Agricultural technology drew people in from nomadic lifestyles, and, later, industrial technology pulled them away from their farms. In the process, tribal and family relationships broke down as working adults became more and more isolated from their children and other relatives. Parallel to that, new technology in communications - all the way from the printing press to the internet - has enabled people to relate from far distances and easily share information. The synergy between new technology and social change has usually been unplanned; however, it is possible to take advantage of it. A planned interaction could make the combined effect greater than the potential of each factor alone. If new technology worked as a reward or benefit for social change, it would stimulate people to adapt ore quickly. Since safety and peace are essential for the success of a global transportation system, then adherence to ethics by those using it should be a primary concern. By planning a way for the benefits of the global transportation system to function as a reward for ethical conduct, a road of heart could be constructed as solidly as one of concrete and metal. Mag-lev technology uses plus and minus electrical charges to move a train forward – in a similar way, the synergy of new technology and social change could produce an ethics movement that would propel humanity into a world of peace. 3.2 Promoting Ethics in Small Groups A road of heart could be built using principles of peer pressure. The pressure of small groups upon individuals could work to promote ethics on the levels of families, tribes and communities. An example of peer pressure in small groups is the success of the micro-credit movement; it worked like this: one person in a small group could receive a loan, but a second person in the same group could not borrow until the first person paid back the original loan. Thus, the social pressure of the group upon the individual would cause the person to make more effort to repay the loan. The same concept could be used to encourage people to voluntarily follow ethics guidelines. For example, in order to obtain rights to use or benefit from the global transportation system, first, people would have to organize and register as small groups. If any individual committed offenses, then the whole group would be
banned from using the system. In this scenario, a group could regain their rights only after the offending individuals were penalized and assumed to have changed their behaviors. For example, if 'Mr. X' went somewhere on the train and committed a sex crime, his group would be banned until he was rehabilitated. If 'Ms. D' used the container pipeline to deliver drugs, her group would be banned until she was reprimanded. If 'Mr. B' crossed over a border with a bomb strapped to his body, his group would be banned until adequate restitution was made. The success of this approach would depend on how essential the global transportation system was to the survival of the group, and this social pressure would work best between people who felt personally responsible to each other. If it was critically needed, the group would strongly pressure its members to live ethically. Because of economic advantages, there would be a strong demand; if people and products could be moved cheaper and faster than by air, then the high speed train would become the first choice for transit and the only choice for competitive marketing. Re-constructing ethics in our societies could save countless lives and dollars that would otherwise be spent on battling crime. At the same time, this would be a chance to get humanity 'back on the right track' in God's providence. As we approach these crossroads of social and technological altruism, let us move into resonance with our Creator's purpose and nurture the long-awaited birth of a peaceful world. 3.3 Managing Socioeconomic Transitions Given that a global transportation system is technologically, financially, and socially feasible, the next consideration is, what its repercussions would be. Many nations are not ready to open their markets or borders, and a sudden shift in transportation and energy industries could destabilize the world economy. Therefore, we should carefully consider Reverend Doctor Sun Myung Moon's proposal for a "Peace Zone" - that would be areas of land along the routes of the global transportation system that were set aside for trade and travel, free of tariffs and visas. International regulations could be applied in the Peace Zone areas without disturbing the governments and economies in the remainder of the lands. That would enable individual nations to adapt at their own pace while the benefits and usage of the new transit, shipping and energy production could progress quickly. In addition, a Peace Zone would be ideal for implementing the plan for small groups to micro-manage ethics, since the access could be controlled separately from national transportation systems. 3.4 Managing International and Inter-Religious Issues Creating an international organization to manage the Peace Zone would be necessary to avoid burdening national governments and also to prevent conflicts among nations. Another of Rev. Dr. Moon's ideas is a "Peace Council". This would revitalize the United Nations by adding a council of spiritual leaders to make it a bi-cameral organization. An inter-religious council of leaders with the highest standards of ethics would be essential for establishing and enforcing regulations for the global transportation system. A Peace Council would also allay the fears of people who think globalization would lead to a 'one world government' - they are afraid such a regime would ruthlessly oppress and control people. This could be prevented by giving ethics
groups the right to vote for Peace Council representatives directly - bypassing the political systems of their nations. Thus, the Peace Council could not be dominated by overly powerful people who are motivated by nationalism or special interests. Just like using new technology, a new organizational structure would make the UN more efficient and effective. I suggest the following arrangement: 1) The inter-religious council would be the ‘upper house,’ having authority to approve or disapprove of actions by the council of national representatives, as the ‘lower house.’ The lower house would have the right to review and offer advice about the actions of the upper house, but not the right to overturn them. 2) Within each council, there would be two subdivisions, symbolic of ‘left’ and ‘right’ philosophies. Representatives would be free to participate in either side and change their positions; however, during discussions and voting, an equal number of representatives on each side would be established. 3) Rather than a majority vote, the subdivisions of the council would be required to come to a consensus, or abandon the issue. First, a subdivision could present an issue only after the representatives within that group had agreed on the desired actions. Next, the two subdivisions would negotiate until the other one agreed or requested the issue be dropped. Thus, discussions would continue until both sides agreed on central points, or it became apparent that no agreement was possible. A timeframe and rules about resurfacing abandoned issues could be made to speed decision making. 4) Each council would have an area of focus and could only take actions within it. For example, the upper house would focus on religious, social and human rights issues, and the lower house would focus on political, security and economic issues. In the event that an issue was mixed, such as economic policy and human rights, then both houses would be required to come to a consensus. 5) Finally, the Peace Council should be large enough so that people can take pride in electing representatives from community and tribal levels. This would also be beneficial because the representatives would be familiar with specific local issues, and people could more easily communicate their needs. With the availability of video conferencing over the internet, there would be no limit to the number of representatives possible. To deal with a large number of council members, a representative proposing an issue could present it in a survey format to those within his subdivision as a way to determine the potential support before it was accepted for discussion. Of the suggestions made above, the most important one is the flexibility of representatives to decide, issue by issue, if they will take a stand on the left or right. That, and the act of balancing the sides, would eliminate the sociopolitical pressure of maintaining loyalties to a group for the purpose of making a majority. Ideally, it would keep representatives true to the needs of their local people rather than compromising to the influences of power. 3.5 Coming to a Consensus on Ethics Currently, the world is in an ethical crisis because traditional values have been overrun by popular culture. The main issue that has changed is views toward sexuality. While most people can agree that terrorism and crime are wrong, today, few can agree on what sexual behavior is immoral – if one person makes a statement about what is ethical, the next person might oppose it. In the United States, homosexuality, once considered illegal, is now being taught to school children as an acceptable lifestyle choice. At the same time, students
are not allowed to practice their religions at school. 'Freedom of religion' has been replaced by 'freedom from religion'. The ideal of individual sexual freedom has even led churches to discard their moral codes and re-interpret scriptures to favor homosexual priests. Disguised under the banner of human rights and evoking public sympathy with images of same-sex couples getting married, homosexual activism has continued its advance into the mainstream of American social life. Sadly, rather than being a human right, unnatural sexual lust destroys the very essence of being human – our spiritual nature, which reflects the balanced duality of male and female that our Creator patterned throughout the universe. One of the main reasons for people taking a sympathetic or neutral stand toward homosexuals has been because of the public outcry against hate crimes and acts of prejudice. Certainly, those actions are wrong, and those committing hate crimes should be brought to justice; but, just because some homosexuals have been hurt does not mean that society should accept their sexual behavior. It is a fact of history that violence and abuse have been directed towards people for many reasons, and, in the case of Jesus, for no logical reason at all. Presently, homosexuality is against the law and punishable by death in Muslim countries – but, that is not a hate crime; it is a legally sanctioned action. It is important to distinguish between issues. Although I take a stand against homosexuality, I do not approve of hate crimes or the death sentence. Forced compliance does not rid the heart of desires. The only true ethics are those followed voluntarily. Sexual behavior will be the most difficult issue for a Peace Council to deal with. For example, there is conflict between Muslims and Christians, even though their founding scriptures are similar. Muslims oppose Christian societies that allow sexual offenses, such as prostitution, pornography, adultery, pre- marital sex, and homosexuality. On the other hand, Christians criticize Muslim societies for practicing polygamy, permitting rape during military conquests, and oppressing women. How can representatives of all religions come to a consensus when just two religions have such divisiveness? Let’s look at the focal point of the argument: to say something is ethical or unethical because of scriptures will not bring a consensus if the scriptures disagree. Let's go a step further to find a unifying theme: scriptures are the Words of our Heavenly Parent, and those Words must come from His Heart. Ethics would be the social practices that lead us to develop the same heart as our Creator. By focusing on the development of heart, rather than culturally influenced concepts about right and wrong, religious conflict could be neutralized, and even secular philosophies could come into harmony. .
4. Ways to Develop the Human Heart: Origin and Potential
4.1 Theories about Human Development The word heart includes emotion, thought and motivation. First, consider that the human heart has the capacity for a wide range of feelings between the extremes of good and evil -
to have immense affectionate love and sacrificial altruism or to have intense hatred and criminal malice. What would best explain the development of such a heart - scientific or religious theories? Darwin described the process of evolution as spontaneous development resulting from a survival instinct. Considering that humanity is on a course of self-destruction from the effects of environmental damage and overpopulation - not to mention potential warfare - it would be a good time for us to evolve. However, evolution wouldn't happen fast enough - even if it did, our good and evil hearts might make us diverge into predators and prey. Hundreds of millions of people died from war, disease and starvation in the twentieth century, but there is no evidence of human evolution or adaptation resulting from that. In addition, a survival instinct might explain killing your brother to eat him for dinner, or having affairs to increase your offspring, but it doesn't explain genocide and homosexuality. Darwin recognized a pattern of physical development, but he couldn't prove that our Creator didn't plan it, nor could he justify the development of the human heart. Intelligent design theorists accept the evidence and timeline of evolutionary development, but they acknowledge that our Creator planned it. From this perspective, our Creator may have designed the human heart for the capacity of extremes and opposites. However, there remains the question of why humans continue to destroy the environment and perpetuate conflicts - why would our Creator make everything balanced and harmonious except for humans? Again, this theory falls short of a complete explanation. Creationists, who reject evolution entirely, usually explain that humans were given free will and chose to disobey our Creator's commands because their flesh was susceptible to temptation. That is like saying that an inherent imperfection of the physical body caused problems of the mind, emotions and spirit. The Biblical account has been interpreted in many ways, but questions remain unanswered – such as, 'Why couldn't a perfect Creator make perfect children?,' and, 'Why have the problems of humanity continued for over 6000 years, if it only took six days to make the universe?' In this paradigm, logic is supplanted by faith. These theories certainly contain truths, but they are not comprehensive. Therefore, consider a synthesis of these views: if our Creator made scientific principles for the
evolution of the human body, then it would be logical to assume that He made ethical principles to guide the development of the human heart. That is, neither process is entirely controlled by our Creator. Humans and their environment were designed to exist and develop in an interactive way, guided by absolute universal principles. 4.2 Social and Lineal Development through Families While theories about the origin of unethical behavior are varied and impossible to prove, the development of love or hatred, chastity or promiscuity, and tolerance or violence can often be readily understood from the social environment. If a child is malnourished, his body will not grow to its full potential; likewise, if a child is deprived of love, his heart will not develop to its full potential. It is also apparent that lineal inheritance affects the development of heart. Just as genetic qualities can affect physical development when they are passed from parents to children, qualities of character and spirit can be inherited. And, since children may inherit more or less potential of heart than their peers, they may develop differently in the same social environment. Both ways of developing heart - through social environments and lineages - are connected to families; therefore, families are the most important place for ethics to take root. This is why sex ethics are so important. Even without considering religious views, we can realize that the presence or absence of sex ethics in the family will not only affect the social environment but also future generations, especially since the sexual relationship determines lineage. Children grow up to be like their parents; if we are children of our Heavenly Parent, then, the full potential of the human heart is to be the same as God's heart. It is the heart of a parent with endlessly caring, altruistic love; it is the heart of spouses who are eternally faithful through any difficulty; it is the heart of siblings, friends, and neighbors who joyfully live for the sake of others; and, it is the heart of children who delight in pleasing their parents. Certainly, the ultimate goal of God's providence, the effort and work of our Creator, is to plant the seed of His lineage in the flesh of humanity, so that we may grow our hearts and inherit the same capacity of love that caused the greatness and beauty of the universe to come into being. As the global transportation system brings humanity closer to being one family, let us make every effort to use this opportunity for the development the human heart.
5. Conclusion: There is a Will – and These are the Ways
If the four key nations - Russia, America, Korea and Japan - would champion the cause of developing the human heart by promoting ethics, they could rid themselves of social problems and gain strength from within. These nations are exemplary - economically, socially, and politically; linking them together with the Bering Strait and Korea Japan tunnel projects would multiply their advantages. If these former enemies would join in an outpouring of altruistic and brotherly love for the sake of the future of humanity, their embrace of peace would lead the world into its providential destiny. New technology is already available - the only limit to high speed transit is the cost; but, the potential for producing renewable energy to cover that cost is limitless. Start-up financing could come from innovative appeals for private donations. By using conflict resolution to stimulate public interest, a wave of popular support could rally participation from philanthropists around the world. Once people capture the vision of mutual prosperity that a global transportation and renewable energy system could bring, nations will no longer need to fight over economic issues. And, when they see that the highest hopes of their philosophies and religions can be harvested from the root of ethical families, they will no longer need to argue over theories or scriptures. We need to ignite public support to complete these projects now; the world economy and the natural environment will wait no longer. Rich nations will no longer be able to feed off of the cheap resources and labor of third world countries. As undeveloped nations gain access to technology, economic equalization is inevitable. When global warming, pollution, and resource depletion cross paths with population growth, the only way to turn will be toward a cooperative economy based on sustainable resource use. Compounding the economic trend, our natural environment can no longer provide the unlimited resources that fueled two centuries of industrialization and competitive marketing. That affects both those who provide resources and those who depend on them. Already, half the people of the world are crowded into urban areas; because they are landless and job dependent, they are most susceptible to economic collapse. The lives of the other half – the farmers, the fishermen, and the herdsmen – are vulnerable to environmental stress. If a disaster strikes the economy and environment at the same time, people will have nowhere to run. Let’s give them a way out. A high speed global transportation system would make the distance between cities and farms just like a step out the door – making cooperative economics more possible than ever. A Peace Zone would speed exchanges of technology and resources that would lift people out of poverty and wage slavery. And, a Peace Council would open the gates for exchanges of culture and religion that would prevent genocide and war. As we join hands to pursue these ways, the global transportation system – born from the Bering Strait and Korea Japan tunnel projects – will become the road of heart on which humanity can travel to its full potential.
Words of Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon
Accessible at: http://www.unification.net; http://www.tparents.org "Many people know that the Messiah will bring salvation to mankind, but he is not coming to bring salvation for the power or economic strength of this country. He is not needed in those areas, which are secondary; he is coming for primary salvation of love, to bring discipline and a standard of love which will enable it to blossom into the concept God envisioned for His original ideal. That love must be the power to create the ideal family and world. Unless he is coming for that purpose, he is not needed. The world doesn't need any other kind of messiah. The Messiah will bring judgment to societies' corrupt morality, to clean up adultery, homosexuality and fornication. That is the worst disease man is suffering from, for which man has no hope. The Messiah must lift them up to a higher love. When people talk about the problems of the world today they are thinking of the economic and political turmoil, but the Messiah sees that the problem of love is the major problem. By solving that problem we can help other problems." . . . . "Free sex makes humans look like animals, which have no rules about love. There is no destruction because of sex in the animal world because there is no spirituality there, but in the human world men are corrupted through the misuse of love. . . . "God is not worried about money or power or knowledge; He will concentrate His effort on solving the problem of love. This is where the root of the problem lies. . . . "History shows us one important law-whenever a society becomes morally corrupt it faces a quick downfall. This is not my opinion, but the lesson of history. Whatever culture or race you belong to, this rule will apply consistently. Moral corruption is an incurable disease, and usually infects the nation which has much money, power and knowledge. America today is in the same position as the Roman Empire. It has money, power and knowledge and thinks it is the greatest country, but in reality it is suffering from the worst internal disease. Any nation that has caught this disease has always declined; no nation has ever been cured." Moon, Sun Myung, 1979. "What Shall We Do?" "Despite advances in technology and the conveniences of modern life, the world is facing a profound crisis: the loss of our very humanity. Disorders and maladies of every kind -- violence, crime, drug abuse, war -- plague humankind. More significantly, the breakdown of the family, including the rising divorce rate, the collapse of sexual morality among youth and the problem of unmarried teenage mothers, is destroying the foundation of society. . . . Neither highly advanced technology nor skillful diplomacy have delivered us peace and happiness. This is because the cause of humanity's unhappiness and suffering lies in the human fall and our disobedience to God. The solution of the problem begins by eliminating this root cause. Adam and Eve defiled true love during their time of growth. They fell away from God's Principle by having sexual relations and creating children before they reached maturity in true love. . . . Our inheritance from the original family includes their legacy of corruption, conflict and suffering. This legacy has nothing to do with God's ideal of creation." Moon, Sun Myung, 1996; Development of Civilization Seen from the Viewpoint of
the Principle. "People experience God's true love step by step, throughout the stages of life's growth. Each individual is meant to come to know the heart of children through the love of their parents, the heart of a sibling through the love between brothers and sisters, the heart of husband and wife through the love of a spouse, and the heart of parents through loving children. The family is the foundation upon which we establish these four realms of love and heart. . . . The family is the basis for love, happiness, life and lineage. We cannot learn and experience these four realms of love anywhere other than in the family. We know love only through actual experience. The true perfection of the individual, family, society and environment has its root in the realization of love within the family." Moon, Sun Myung, 1996; Development of Civilization Seen From the Viewpoint of the Principle. "Each world religion plays a unique role in accordance with the different backgrounds of the people in it. But all these religions have the same basic purpose and goal. God's desire is for religions to come together, find their common points and go forward in a unified direction. This is what God is working toward. . . . History has been moving toward a unified cultural realm. Eventually mankind will be living in a world with no national borders or divisions, with free travel and communications. All the property of God's original world will be shared." Moon, Sun Myung, 1987; Liberation of the Spirit World and Physical World and the Unification of the World. "Many of our resources have been abused and damaged like the water and air. Even the ozone layer that protects our planet has been affected by the misuse of natural resources. If this trend continues, we will reach a stage where the earth cannot avoid self- destruction because of the so-called benefits from materialistic civilization. . . . The most serious among all the damages, however, has been the negative effects upon and destruction of the family as a basic building block for the nation. The family is the cell of society. If each of tens of trillions of cells in our body is healthy, then the body is likewise healthy. Conversely, if the cells are weakened and destroyed, then the whole body can become weak and eventually may stop functioning. Therefore, destruction of the true family system on this earth means the destruction of all humankind may not be far off. Our society is running toward a destination directly opposite to what was originally designed and created by God. . . . It is my sincere wish that the developing countries do not follow in the footsteps of the so-called developed countries, but rather they should take the developed countries' experience as a lesson, and directly move into the world where spirit and mind become master instead of falling into a pit of national-centered materialism.” Moon, Sun Myung, 1995;. True World Peace. "To bring unity between the people of the upper and lower classes, we must bring the people of the upper class to unite with those of the lower class and bring them up to the level of those of the upper class. In order to accomplish that, a central point of absolute value is necessary. That central point is God's love. . . when we reflect on whether we can maintain true peace for our own
countries without the happiness and peace of our neighboring countries, we realize that world peace can be thought of only in the context of a love for all humanity which transcends nationality. . . . From this point of view, I believe that now is the time when new academic theories with respect to established social and economic structures need to be proposed. . . . Moreover, we need to establish a new international economic body so that we can avoid the extensive economic waste and loss of the past, and push forward a new land use plan from a "world and humanity" point of view in order to endow all humanity with the right to enjoy peace and happiness together. On this basis an ideal world can be established, eternal peace will be realized and people will be blessed with happy and affluent lives. . . . Toward realizing this ideal of "humanity as one family and all men as brothers," I propose the building of an International Highway which will link the countries of the East and West. . . . Eventually, such highways would connect all countries in the world in a direct course. Pneumatic tube systems could be established in the median strip to handle the shipment of freight, and in large cities, airports could be built adjacent to the highway Immigration checkpoints could be established at interchanges, and a simple and quick entry and exit system requiring no visa could be adopted. . . . At least one kilometer on both sides could be set aside as a neutral buffer zone. . . . It is a clarion call for scientists to contribute to the happiness of future humanity by developing the technology necessary to realize a world in which round-trip journeys to any part of the world can be completed within a day. . . .With the integration of the world's economics, tremendous economic progress will become possible . . . ." Moon, Sun Myung, 1981; The Tenth International Conference On The Unity Of The Sciences. “World peace can be fully accomplished only when the wisdom and efforts of the world's religious leaders, who represent the internal concerns of the mind and conscience, work cooperatively and respectfully with national leaders who have much practical wisdom and worldly experience about the external reality or "body." In this light, it is time for us to give serious consideration even to the prospect of restructuring the United Nations. For example, perhaps it is possible to envision the United Nations as a bicameral institution. . . . The existing United Nations structure, composed of national representatives, may be regarded as a congress where the interests of each member nation are represented. However, I submit that serious consideration should be given to forming a religious assembly, or council of religious representatives within the structure of the United Nations. This assembly or council would consist of respected spiritual leaders in fields such as religion, culture, and education. Of course, the members of this interreligious assembly will need to have demonstrated an ability to transcend the limited interests of individual nations and to speak for the concerns of the entire world and humanity at large. . . . The two chambers, working together in mutual respect and cooperation, will be able to make great advances in ushering in a world of peace. The wisdom and vision of great religious leaders will substantially supplement the political insight, experience and skill of the world's political leaders.” Moon, Sun Myung, 2000; Renewing the United Nations to Build Lasting Peace.
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