Moving Up

Hyo Jin Moon July 8, 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)

Let's talk about moving up.

America is the most powerful nation in the world I guess.

Is it? (A brother from the former Soviet Union responds "Kind of")

Kind of? Russia? (Laughter)

How many nations are there in the world? Over two hundred something, right?

It goes up and down, but there are hundreds of nations.

And those hundreds of nations, do they follow America's ways and values in every which way? I don't think so.

They have their own way of dealing with quote-unquote democracy, the greatest gift from "white people" to mankind. (Laughter)

So there are all sorts of versions of that.

So starting with yourselves, you make your own rules, right?

You decide what is right and wrong; you make your standards and you manage your life. And with your ability that you have, that all God's children have, the ability to imagine, to create, you try to envision yourself in something that is more than what you are now. Obviously you always want to see forward. You always want to move ahead.

Because that's life, that's physics, time ticks forward. I don't think it goes backwards does it? Maybe in fiction, a time machine or something, maybe that's doable when you're dead.

As for what is real for us in this point in time, what it is -- is what it is, and what you see is what you get, and that's it. And from there, you start. You make your own laws; you make your effort; you have your standard and you manage your life. And based on that you try to do the best that you can to envision yourself in the future, and based on that imagination, you use your creativity and try to make some kind of productivity how to make your ideal real.

Unless the ideal becomes real, it doesn't exist. If you don't have some platform to stand on, you can't move up. You don't build the Empire State Building from the hundredth floor down, OK? I don't think that's doable.

It's that kind of stuff. It's just basic physical things. We have to remind ourselves how we can relate to the basic function, dealing with physical reality. The more that we are realistic to that and approach it the way we can, knowing our limitations. You have to know your limitations, if you don't know your limitations, it doesn't work.

Power doesn't mean anything if you don't know your limitations. Remember even God, the Almighty God, the Omnipotent God, He has limitations in power, CALLED YOU!

And if you don't understand that limitation, and even if let's say, you want to be helped. You want somebody to help you. You go to somebody who is powerful, if you lie to them, you compromise them too. Do you know that?

You truly have to know your limit. You have to be t-r-u-e t-o y-o-u-r s-e-l-f. (tapping the podium to emphasize each word) first. And obviously I hope that you're a good guy.

I don't think that you should shove goodness down somebody's throat; we all know what it right and wrong, basically. You should have that basic decency, basic propriety, even if you're asking for help from somebody else, because if you don't you'll destroy them too; you'll compromise them too. So what good is that?

So how do you move up? Ask your self "how can I move up?"

What do you think will last, you or a