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: www.canaanstation.com/ To see two of the projects that Hyo Jin nim is working on log on to: definingmoment.tv/ and definingmoment.eu/ 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.
There is no guarantee that you will not die of accident or disease.
So how do you change? In what way do you want to change?
Let's say that you have something that is important to you. Then what would that be as a single individual, as a family? You want to have some kind of property right, that you want to build equity on top of it and ultimately you want to be productive within it. And on top of it is the same thing, intellectual property, spiritual stuff that goes in that physical and the mind and the spirit. Those things are important to you because it grounds you.
You can't really change unless you have something that you're sure of. You have to have absolute to have a change. If you don't have something absolute, change doesn't mean anything. Because you'll always change and you'll never have anything. You'll have change that is meaningless. And what good is that?
You have to ask: "What kind of change do I want?" What kind of change can I do for myself before I give it to others? If you don't question yourself in that way and answer yourself and know that you have the answer, it doesn't mean anything, the change. You'll always change, but it doesn't mean anything. That's the problem.
Of course you want to be self-sufficient. I don't want to go to daddy for anything. You want to be a tough guy, macho man. There's a reason for that kind of stuff, there's a reason for manhood and woman hood. That's a different topic; we'll talk about it some other time.
But let's say that you have something and you want to create something. You want to give to something. Yes we're in a time and place if I have money, I can build a beautiful studio everywhere around the world, one step at a time. One place at a time. But it will be a functional one.
To me, productivity matters. If you have property, if you have equity, yes absolutely I want to have the best stuff in the world, but it's going to be productive. Not just for me, for everybody, hopefully, but there's no guarantee it can please everyone. And it will be functional; it can be. And it doesn't have to be just for that purpose only. It can be for the people in general. Even those… Even if you don't do what I do; if we're connected… sure.
The thing is that ultimately in the end I believe that multimedia is very important. I absolutely believe it's important. If we have just two dozen blabber