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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: 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 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?