Awe and

Hyo Jin Moon September 10, 2006 Belvedere Unofficial Notes: Joseph Kinney

Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 10 September 2006.

My ability to convey what was actually said is limited. These at most convey some sense of what Hyo Jin nim said and are not a verbatim record.

Joe Kinney

Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and Yun Na nim offer a bow. (Yun Na nim, Hyo Jin nim's wife, has been accompanying him every Sunday) (Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage)

Good morning.

Please sit down.

Do you feel awe when you see parents? (Some in the audience respond "Yes")

When do you feel awe?

Some young people are in awe if they are face-to-face with movie stars or something, a rich man, Bill Gates or somebody.

Let's say even if you walk into a palace. Let's say you live in a palace and you walk into your palace for the first time and your awed by the magnitude, everything to the extreme, great halls, great dining halls, great gathering halls, everything great great grand grand magnificent and you're awed by it because of that presence, that ambiance everything grand.

But let's say you live in it. How long do you think that awe will last? ...

Let's look at the opposite side. Let's say that you go to prison. You're awed by that uncertainty, that fear. But let's say that you have to live there and you have to survive in that opposite environment of living in a palace, by living in a hell hole for however long that you're sentenced. And what you have to face initially is that awe, that awe of uncertainty and when you transcend that, when in time what happens is just livelihood.

From that moment what's important is what is important to you in life itself.

So for instance, if we believe in religion and in your case you believe in True Parents.

You know sometimes I feel awed by it. Even though they're my folks I don't know them as much as they know themselves.

So in that sense I am awed by them (True Parents). Of course through more interaction, if we can actually live together like ordinary folks, I'm sure through livelihood we would get to appreciate each other in life and understand the basic human experience that we all go through in an ordinary setting.

But in some kind of extraordinary situation the awe can sometimes really get you. And if you get addicted to that kind of stuff it can really mess you up whether you're living in a palace or living in a jail somewhere in a hell hole what ever it might be.

So, in essence, in order for us to understand what's important in life its not just "boy I'm just trying to have fun". Of course that's important to young people because they want to experience life to the fullest.

It is part of human maturation that you go through many extreme experiences so that you can understand your potential range. A lot of young people take risks while they're young and some people never grow out of it, and that's a problem.

But beyond the obvious process of trying to discover yourself through experimentation. because you have to; you will, because in the end that's what you take to the grave till your dying day, the experiences that actually molded you and gave you some kind of enlightenment as to how one should live and how one should control their lives through living with other people because you don't want to live alone.

Many times you do not just take extreme experiences to understand your boundaries but you do also take other extreme measures to understand how to live as a human being in a gregarious setting.

That social experience some times will take you to push your self a bit. Why? Because you need to understand your boundaries, your limitations and you do take chances at times. Some people mess up and break the law. There are obviously consequences to every individual action.

Even when we think about True Parents, Parents to me doesn't just symbolize parents and the ancestry of humankind the restoration version of it, but it's (True Parents are) also the embodiment or symbolification of law, right?

The American government has three branches executive, legislative and judicial. It (My view of True Parents as the incarnation of law) embodies pretty much that aspect of it.