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Hyo Jin Moon June 10, 2007 7:00 am Belvedere, NY

Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 10 June 2007. 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. Hyo Jin nim's website is: To see two of the projects that Hyo Jin nim is working on log on to: and Joe Kinney

Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC.

Dr. Yang is in attendance and comes to the stage. Dr. Yang says that of course we want to welcome Hyo Jin nim, but especially we want to welcome Yeon Ah nim after her victorious speaking tour.

All welcome Hyo Jin nim and Yeon Ah nim and offer a standing bow.

Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage.

That was unexpected. (Laughter)

Let's talk about Change.

Let me ask you a question; if you had one wish for a change, what would it be?

(Audience answers: World would change to God's ideal, Change myself, Someone in the front row answers "Adam and Eve did the right thing" and Hyo Jin nim was not expecting this kind of answer and had a surprised expression, the room erupted in laughter and it took a little while to settle down.)

Hyo Jin nim deadpanned: "OK what if you had two wishes." (Even more laughter)

Let's say that I have one hundred million dollars, that's a lot for one man. It depends on the location but on average you can buy some one a house for a quarter million dollars. So I could buy a house for only four hundred people and the money would be gone. Something that means something to somebody personally, if you expand it, it's not enough to most people. That's reality. What if you add a zero to that stuff; you have a billion dollars. That's about it. It's gone just like that. That's all it's worth. You add another zero; that's all it's worth.

So where does it end to individuals? There's more than four hundred people in the world right? That's the problem. That's why it's difficult to change. No matter how much you have good intentions and you want to do good and you try, that's about it. It depends on individuals. And you have to somehow unify people who have that desire, that need, whatever. It can be basic, because it's practical, because it's physical. You have to think about yourself in a physical way, and you will think about yourself in an intellectual way, and hopefully if you have that under control you have a time to be spiritual right?

But the problem is most people struggle where? You tell me. That's the problem.

I'm thinking about sending my children to school other places, maybe back to Korea or something during a certain period of time in their maturation... for schooling. I'm thinking about it because it's very difficult; it's difficult to process all that unless we have something that we can provide, some kind of security that is somewhat guaranteed.