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Role Model

Hyo Jin Moon February 18, 2007 7:00 am Belvedere

Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 18 February 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 offer a bow.

(Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage; he places a small notebook on the podium.)

Good morning!

(Hyo Jin nim pauses to survey the audience. He smiles and says)

There are too many young people here. OK.

Whether you like it or not, one of these days you are going to become a role model.

When we talk about the reality of how society is, we're always looking for somebody to blame or someone to glorify.

Why? Because it's Important whether people in general understand the concept, it starts from individual to family, and that family extension gets larger and larger and larger until society as we know it and to the nation and ultimately to the world. The vision on a worldwide scale happens because of a kind of individuality that can exist even within a family, that idiosyncratic dominance or preference. That's why you draw borders and that's what we see as a result in the ultimate thing.

Whether you're in a certain race frame work it doesn't matter; somehow it's going to be divided, and I don't think that is the intent of God because every religion fails to describe God in the ideal way as that kind of being, entity. However we're mystified by the reality, however lacking in terms of true knowledge, the bottom line is that God does represent the ideal and many times a conflict arises even among religions that believe in a lot of these things because they don't know the true nature of the ideal. There is a disparity somewhere. That's why it creates conflict.

So, having said that, what is the nature of the idealism of God? According to what we believe God cannot achieve the end result, the manifestation of the will of God, True Love without the presence of mankind. So if God represents the ideal, then man represents something else. The individual man that we start to create, humanity starts to become something important in the whole process of ultimately realizing the will of God.

When you put God as a representation, that individuality is humanity, because God is the representation of the ideal whether you like it or not. That's why we have religion. And we want to describe it (the nature of God) better than the other guy. That's the competitive factor within religion pursuing one God; who in the end is more persuasive, who can prove it better.

The fall occurred in the Garden of Eden, and because of the fall, all this chaos and conflict arose from that initial act. In order to restore that which is so crucial to the fulfillment of that ideal somebody has to be the