Hyo Jin Moon September 24, 2006 Belvedere, 7:00 am Notes: Joe Kinney
Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 24 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.
Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and Yeon Ah nim and offer a bow.
(Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage)
Please be seated.
Good morning. (Audience responds, good morning.)
Let's talk about Dream. (Laughing)
I'm not talking about fantasies or night mares but about dream.
I guess that everybody knows about Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.
So when you talk about dream, you're talking about a vision, and when you talk about a vision, obviously you're talking about something greater than your self beyond your personal individual desires or reality, something grander than that. Hopefully if you believe in God it has some kind of religious tone to it.
It is a kind of mission statement. When you talk about a dream, ultimately it becomes a mission statement. I believe. I dream about something. We like to talk in general about, everybody whether you believe in God or not, world peace. We don't want people killing each other. We want harmony. We want peace, prosperity. So that is basically what it is in the end when you talk about a dream; something beyond your self, something greater that involves a higher power.
How one interprets what is a higher power obviously can vary. Communism had its own ideology that lasted about seventy years, and pretty much conquered the world -- almost conquered the world but they failed. It lived about the average life span of an individual human being and disappeared. Nobody will believe it again.
It's something like that. A dream is something grander because its vision oriented. And when you think about a vision obviously it's beyond what you are immediately pursuing and need. So how do you go about achieving something that you immediately need and can achieve?
What ever the circumstances might be, if you make a mission statement, obviously you have to prove it. You're committed. You're basically telling everybody that this is what I am. And you're forcing something to other people, a third party, expectation. That's what you're doing. What you're dream becomes in the end, just for your sanity's sake, your survival's sake; it becomes a need-to-do responsibility; because otherwise you will fail.
When you fail; when you say all those big things and you fail, it's miserable. You're asking for it. That's why we have to think about what we make that kind of mission statement.
Why do we do it; for what reason are we doing it? Are we doing it for ourselves or are we truly pushed because of some kind of circumstances you genuinely feel that you have to do that. And if you fail with that honesty therefore you have some dignity in it.
Even if you fail, start over. If you don't you're in trouble. Why? The definition of arrogance is ... Keeping your word is very difficult. Being humble is keeping your word. Avoiding arrogance is trying to be humble. What being humble is is keeping your word.
And it's very difficult. You can be a humble guy and try to keep your word and miserably fail. But in the end, the good people, who observe a higher power, can forgive you. If you don't have that, it is very difficult.
It is easy when you look at this world to self promote and you think "I'll become a star." Becoming a star has nothing to do with becoming something that is relevant in changing the world. Especially in relationship to God, most likely it has a negative connotation. It's all about megalomania stuff.
Most stars you see, they put on a front. They're different but it's difficult to find the definition to describe those kinds of people. They definitely have a certain kind of mental state, whether you describe it as a disorder or not that's relative, especially people who are in it. Obvious they do have a sense of self grandeur and power and money and whatever.
What does that have to do with a vision? What does that have to do with a dream that we seek?
There are examples our there all over the place. The problem is that it (these stars and the multi-media) comes into our sanctuary. Our individual home is, in a way, our individual Garden of Eden. Do you know that? You as a parent who have children, you're basically going through the process of building the kingdom of heaven on earth starting with your family. As the story goes, the person who had that kind of understanding to give proper guidance to Adam and Eve, because of his corruption things were tainted and the fall occurred.
Do you think that you're absolutely in control of your Garden of Eden? You're not! You have so much corruption coming in whether you like it or not. Unless you make you're house a prison, literally, you can't stop it. You can't stop those influences. It's corrupt. It's decadent. And sometimes it's outright criminal. Just because it's available and just because you can do it, not everything is good for your Garden of Eden.