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Family Values

Hyo Jin Moon August 13, 2006 Belvedere Unofficial Notes: Joseph Kinney

Here are my notes from Hyo-Jin-nim's speech Sunday 13 August 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 offer a bow. (Hyo-Jin-nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage)

Please sit down.

Good morning.

Everything is kind of chaotic isn't it?

There are no overnight solutions.

I want to talk about something that we can focus on.

What do you think is Democracy's problem?

Democracy gives us more options and choices that we can make, and it guarantees you the least amount of obstruction from authorities. That's pretty much the attraction that Democracy has.

I think that the main problem in dealing with democratic society is that we fail to recognize a reality that is not in just democracy alone, but is in any kind of society whether it is a theocracy or a dictatorship.

There is a certain structure where individual can belong; no man is an island, right? So you can group together in certain packs loosely based on relationships or your occupation, or some common interest, but it's likely based on occupation.

Especially in Democratic society you will belong to some for of tribe or another based on your occupation. Even with in a so called "corporate family" setting there are labor and management interests or tribal relationships.

Just to sustain your livelihood you are involved in these tribal relationships and that is a source of conflict because of self interest. You may have a kind of hostile rivalry at times.