Reaching Out to the Affluent West

Hyo Jin Moon May 22, 1994


Thank you all for attending this inauguration to welcome Jin Hun Moon and Sung Am Moon. I am truly hopeful for the future because not only spiritually and symbolically is Father claiming the time for the second generation, but he is now giving us substantial authority to be the leaders of the world. More than ever, greater authority is coming to the second generation.


It is very difficult in any situation when you are in the position of having to nurture. I am sure that many of you have children and you know that nurturing a child is a very difficult thing. Suppose you have nurtured a child until a certain point of maturity and he has the potential to take over the care of the household, but a time comes when that child has to be let go of. Maybe he has to go off to school or he may be drafted; the separation isn't easy. In many ways CARP has been nurturing many of our human resources. Because of Father's worldwide activities and his establishment of so many different organizations, many of the human resources that CARP raised up had to be re-distributed.


Within any organization the redistribution of assets for the betterment of the whole is very important and has to be done. Father demanded that many good young people from CARP be redistributed, so we had to sacrifice in many ways. This is the kind of tradition that CARP has been under from its inception. However, that tradition is now changing because of the time. I feel great hope in the future because we can now focus again upon all the human resources that we had previously been distributing outward and re-direct them inward, so that we may focus upon the development of this particular organization and its function. This makes me feel that in many ways it is truly and substantially the second generation's time. It isn't symbolic anymore and this causes me to feel very hopeful and inspired.


My vice presidents have been sharing certain things with you such as the importance of mass communication. CARP has that foundation. The Manhattan Center is CARP's organization. As long as Father gives me the responsibility for this particular organization, I will use whatever resources are available to me for that purpose. I realize you are aware that America is in need of a different method of persuasion, a different method of communication. We really need a better way to deliver our message to this country. It is my belief that mass communication, be it through video three-dimensional animation, music or video presentations in general, is the right way to go for the future.


It is not so easy to find converts in a society where the need is focused upon assets. However, it is very easy to find converts in a society where the need is focused upon survival or the basic necessities of life. It is very important to find the need of any particular society. The reason that it has been so difficult to witness to American people since the 1960s is that this is an affluent society and many of the middle class reached a point where a great deal of abundance and wealth was available to them. Therefore the basic need was no longer focused upon basic necessities, but rather upon assets.


We are living in a physical world with a physical body and this is the one thing that screams out the most. When this physical body is yearning and seeking external stimulation, it is very difficult to convert people to the religious perspective. The reason we are experiencing such a tremendous response in Russia is because that country has only just opened up. Their needs are focused upon the basic necessities of life and reaching out towards greater things. That is why it is happening on such a large scale in Russia. We are investing the same resources but the conclusion is so different. The reason for this is the difference in the need of the people of these two societies. That is why it is so difficult for us to make it happen in America.


How can we break through to people whose need is based on assets? That is why we have to get into the kind of things that are able to reach the emotions. Now, even in America, the cycle is turning and it is becoming again more like the 1960s again. More and more people are losing jobs, becoming distrustful of governmental authority and thinking more and more about the basic things of survival. When your focus is upon survival, you are no longer thinking about assets but rather about having food on the table and a good life without fear of being harmed. That level of desire is occurring now on a national basis. This causes me to feel that this is the time when we can really accomplish something nationally.


We really need to ascertain who is capable of accomplishing certain things and begin creating an organization that can produce products that are able to stimulate those who still are seeking external stimulation. At the same time we can also work with those who are basically striving to live a better life. On top of the organization that exists now we can try to create a structure that will be able to produce products through which we can start to communicate with the people who are seeking satisfaction through all of life's trappings.


This new beginning is a great time for our church and really gives a greater responsibility to all of the second generation, not just me in particular. I feel that now is the time for us to show Father what we can really do here in America. Until now Father has been doing everything on his own; now he is affording us this opportunity to be the ones to make something happen here in America. This is truly our time. Father is giving us substantial authority. He is telling me that I have the authority to change leadership, to change the regional leader, if that particular person is not capable and has no ability. That is substantial power. Therefore, we really have to do something and we really have to be able to show Father what we are able to accomplish in a substantial manner, not just in some symbolic offering or in a prayerful or spiritual manner. This is something for which I have really been waiting.


I am truly happy to have the tremendous support of both Sung Am Moon and Jin Hun Moon who are really two very masculine individuals, whereas I am a more feminine person. (Laughter.) Not true, eh? (Laughter.) I am very happy that all of you came to welcome Jin Hun and Sung Am Moon to this CARP organization. In the future we will have a great deal to exchange with the people of the world: all the things that you have accomplished. That is what I want us to be able to do. I think about how to run a 24-hour a day television station? That is a big challenge. To create a program that is compatible with our teaching and at the same time satisfies the expectations of the audience one is trying to reach. That is very challenging. Many of you will have to be able to participate in it.


I would not mind creating a program where I am showcasing-two or three hours a week or even seven hours a week-some person's good deeds. We see this on regular television news programming, so why not showcase something you all have accomplished or are doing now. I could showcase you: introduce you and what you are doing, and draw a conclusion that not only uplifts you, but uplifts the viewers as well. Not just the Principle, but your daily lives and activities, can motivate millions of people. Teaching through deeds is the way we can witness in the future. We have a great theory but we also need to show great deeds. Everybody in this particular church out there is doing something great and inspiring. We are not just a small band of people doing good things. Now if we could showcase this to the world, it would really be something about which to boast. That is what I want to do.


The telecommunication system is equivalent to the nerve system of the human body; it really needs to link into every different organization. We really need that, because it is the only medium that transcends time and space and we really need this capability. With this capability Father can do anything he wants. Father has a tremendous amount of wealth to share with the rest of humanity. I know what Father has done and we have much to share about Father's deeds, but I want to show your deeds as well. If everyone had been doing what they were supposed to have been doing then we surely would have a tremendous amount of wealth. I know that. Therefore, I have nothing to worry about because in this way we can truly reach out to the world and become the leaders of the world. There is no other religion in modern history that has sacrificed so much. Do you think that the Catholic Church sacrifices one hundred percent of its resources for ecumenical work? No, but we do.


I am a very boastful person, but I have been keeping my mouth shut because I am aware of certain concepts. We should be able to declare good things out loud; we just need the right medium. We have a tremendous amount of resources to boast about. The time is here. Father has done everything and now he is giving us the power and the authority to move ahead. If you have great ideas then I am all ears, because I truly believe that every individual has a certain divinity. If each individual taps into their true self and truly wants to give unselfishly, I know that individual has something to offer to God and the rest of humanity. If you are particularly talented in certain areas, particularly at this time when we are restructuring the world CARP organization, please offer it.