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.


Because business is essentially competitive you are going to have the kind of situation where there is some form of rivalry and rivalry becomes tribal rivalry. Any kind of larger conflict in our society begins with this kind of tribal rivalry. This is because self interest is at the center of this relationship.


So in Democratic society to avoid the emphasis being on these tribal type rivalries based on self interest we have to shift the interest to something else. That is to shift the interest from individual value to family value. This is the key to changing or restoring democracy. It has to be done through that kind of orientation.


When you set the premise on family rather than individual values that is the only realistic way in which you can actually transform democracy. You can start with the protection of children's rights and values.


You can emphasize this more and more, even in politics, family values and the protection of children's rights. There are so many crazy people and so many dangers out there that threaten children. That is something that everyone can relate to and something that inevitably will lead to a greater awareness of family life and values.


That's something that we can do successfully, because ultimately we must make these kinds of family values clear. That standard has to be articulated clearly otherwise we can't really transform democracy and we can never change the situation of this hostile environment.


Why? Because if we don't take the focus and emphasis off the individual you can never address the reason which creates the conflict to begin with which is self interest. Only then can we actually expect to do something.


Father wants us to move this nation from selfishness to unselfishness right? How are we going to go about achieving that? How is this actually doable? How can we actually do that with our lives? Well, we can try, but we have to have some form of direction. The basic guiding principle is to put greater emphasis on family values. We can start with things that everybody can relate to.


If you have a family there is a tremendous threat to your children, whether they are at home surfing the internet or when the walk out the door onto the street. Why? Because there is no absolute value put on family values.


(In the US Constitution or Law) There is an absolute value placed on individual rights and individual existence, but there is no absolute value placed on the family rights or existence. We can substantially restore American society when we can bring the acceptance of an absolute standard of family values and make it accepted and implemented.