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Masculinity and Femininity

Hyo Jin Moon June 24, 2007 Belvedere, 7:00 am

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Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC: 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.)

Good morning. (Good morning)

It never ends. (Laughter)

It certainly doesn't get any easier, and it shouldn't. Otherwise you're useless equipment, outdated.

Let's talk about masculinity and femininity.

What is a macho man? I guess pretty much in general throughout the cultures man does the providing right? They go out and take the risk and do whatever that they have to do to put the food on the table; that's what they do. And the woman raises the family, right, the best that they can, and every detail matters when you try to raise children. I guess that's the opposite.

It (man's responsibility) expands and it (woman's responsibility) focuses. (Hyo Jin nim gestures making an expanding and a focusing "V" shape) So basically that's what it is, I guess, that we're supposed to do as a father and mother if you have a family. But where does that concept come from though?

God created mankind in the image of Himself, so that masculinity and that femininity obviously came from God, and is manifested by the creation of humanity. And when you break down the essence of that humanity then there is man and woman. That is the essence of humanity. That is the essence of masculinity and femininity, and there is a difference, it is opposite.

Opposite in what, for what reason? To learn to come together, that is the most important factor, to learn to unite. Because man learns from woman something that they need to learn to become one with God. And woman too, visa-versa. Because that's what is the essence of responsibility. You have to put something on the table; you have to earn it. Yes, you have that potential. That's why it can be learned, but you have to act upon it.

It is your responsibility to make the right choices in understanding how things can best work, because you can mess up your whole end of the thing.

When you look at the nature, it is beautiful right? There is so much beauty, but at the same time it also has fury. The reason that it exists in an opposite reality within the domain of the earth itself, the nature itself is because that's how it grows and expands. That's how it rejuvenates itself. That's how it recovers. That's LIFE!