Entitlement

Hyo Jin Moon October 15, 2006 7:00 am Belvedere


Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 15 October 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.

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Joe Kinney


All welcome Hyo Jin nim and offer a bow.

(Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage)


Please sit.


Good morning.


Today's topic is "Entitlement."


This world is crazy. Let's go to the story telling phase.


Let's go back to the beginning of how we build our understanding as to what is right and what is wrong.


What are we inheriting? That is the question; right?


In democracy and free society we talk about entitlement and that is about basic freedom and human rights. It's a fundamental thing that makes you who you are in relation to God.


It's the case that there are many people that see otherwise. It's basically where we stem from. That's where we start. That is the conflict. If there is any conflict in a fundamental sense, that's where it comes from; entitlement issues. Why?


Because children of God have a certain promise based on religious doctrine and some traditions that you have something that is inherent in you because God exists. That's it.


When you take God out of the picture the entitlement issue disappears. It's every man for him self. If you don't have parents you don't inherit anything; you don't even exist to begin with. That's the fundamental stuff.


When you're dealing with people who don't believe in God that's why anything is open to every kind of crazy stuff that comes down the pike based on conflict or whatever situation that exists based on voluntary issues ultimately things get crazier because it doesn't have any root.


There is no connection. It is very difficult when you have to prove yourself on a momentary basis, how great you are, why you're better that the next person if you don't have some kind of connection that allows you to speak representing good.


It doesn't work. The only reason that there is good accepted in the world is that we believe in God. I know you never saw God. You don't call Him on a red phone or something. I know that doesn't exist. The only reason that we try to take the moral higher ground is because we believe that we have some kind of relationship with God. Whether we understand it clearly, whether it is real to us, to what degree that is true in every individual case, because there will be many variations of it.


That becomes the focal point ultimately no matter how you address it that will pretty much determine the outcome. When it comes to dealing with what we have to face in reality there are people that don't believe in God. Another unfortunate fact is that beyond that reality it doesn't end there. There are many groups of people who say that "My God is better that your God."

I'm not talking about polytheism here; I'm talking about one single God, but my belief is better than your belief, my faith is better than yours.


It all comes from the concept of entitlement. I deserve something because of a religious teaching. God promised. God exists. God created everything. God gave me the opportunity to be something. Based on that people try to translate whatever, however they want to translate entitlement issues. That's it.


Let's go back to the Christian stories. We kind of get along OK; it doesn't matter how crazy the stuff we do is, still we seem to get along because of the Christian concept. You have to promise something. What is the entitlement? If you go to the mythological story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the fall occurred because the entity who was delegated to rear the primary ancestors of the human race, Adam and Eve had a falling out with that particular entity based on entitlement issues.


On a hierarchy level, jealously normally comes from the bottom up; it doesn't come from up to down. Up to down you will have contempt. "That is contemptuous; I am disgusted with that person's actions." It won't be out of jealously or envy.


Jealously and envy are due to things that you see and feel, tactile things, things you need to feel and you need to have. This application will trigger jealously. If something is just out there in theory, how can you be jealous of something that you can't measure? Jealously and envy exist because it's measurable.


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