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Moving Up

Hyo Jin Moon July 8, 2007 Belvedere, 7:00 am

Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 08 July 2007. 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. Hyo Jin nim's website is: To see two of the projects that Hyo Jin nim is working on log on to: and Joe Kinney

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.