Politics

Hyo Jin Moon July 15, 2007 Belvedere, 7:00 am


Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 15 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: www.canaanstation.com/ To see two of the projects that Hyo Jin nim is working on log on to: definingmoment.tv/ and definingmoment.eu/ 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 me start off with asking you a question. "Can you please everybody?" (No, no way, no)


Well you try to out of the goodness of your heart I guess.


But is it doable?


I want to talk about politics; the topic is politics.


People normally want to go into politics because they want to change society, so "I have to get involved in law making. I have to become a law maker!"


That's the basic reasoning, right, where people become politicians because law can change, forcefully if it has to, certain social behavior of people, and by changing certain environments and having the authority to change, at times, with authority, personal behaviors, can perhaps create an ideal world without measure.


What the heck are the Founding Fathers then? Why do you call them Founding Fathers? They all want to emulate the Founding Fathers if you want to become a politician right?


But it took several centuries to come to a point where there's an IRONY! The position of political authority is not something of a parental position, or a stature of some grandeur; it's a civil servant.


You're a civil servant. You're not the Statue of Liberty, or stuff like that. You're not a symbolism that lands on a mantel piece somewhere. Functionally speaking, you're a civil servant. That's what politicians are, right?


That's how we think, don't we? Children get taught that way in public schools about politics. So what happens to the politicians?


OK, let's talk about why we don't like politicians. (Laughter) Why. (Laughing) Why don't we like politicians? THEY'RE HYPOCRITES! We all say that they're hypocrites. They talk; they have two tongues, a forked tongue you know. They're the devil incarnate. They say one thing and they do another thing.


What is the nature of their hypocrisy? What layers of lies do they commit? Fundamentally they're politicians out there, especially these days, there's no place to hide because there are eyes everywhere, ears every where; there's no secrets.


It's becoming more and more apparent; good!


So literally speaking there are criminals out there. They're just out there to take as much as they can, steal as much as they can, using that platform.


And there are people who have lies for their agenda, and there's one who trumps that, who wants to be God.


And that's the tragedy. That's why we don't trust politicians.


How do you become God to begin with anyway? Why the heck do you want to be God?


He is the most miserable entity in the universe right? If He is supposed to be the Parent to all humankind there is more suffering than glee, right? Obviously. He is the most miserable person and you want to partake in that misery. Why the heck do you want to do that, for what reason? You know that your life is short and why do you want to do that? Why do you want to play God?


The thing is: At least God walked the walk. If you just tell people to do something and you don't walk the walk, that's not cool. You can do that just sitting in a lawn chair right? Anybody can do that. Just flipping through TV channels, or surfing the internet on your laptop, and seeing something and saying "That sounds like a good idea; I'll tell people to do that because I have the power."


Well that's not going to last. That's the problem; a lot of people play those three levels of lies, and that's the reason that we don't trust politicians, because of that kind of hypocrisy.