Hyo Jin Moon September 1, 1991 Belvedere, New York
Today my topic will be, "Those Who Want To Change VS. Those Who Want To Keep Things The Way They Are." Today I want to focus this message on several examples.
Most of you are blessed members. I gather that most of you have children. It is difficult raising children because there are so many things that come into their lives. You as a parent must understand what is right and wrong for your children, because they do not have the ability or the understanding to separate right from wrong. You must separate what is right from what is wrong in your children's lives. That is the responsibility of a parent. It is as simple as that.
Fulfilling that responsibility is not an easy task. Although your children are young, they have minds of their own and it is very difficult to control their lives. Picture yourself taking something your child likes away from him because you feel it will be detrimental to him. Even though your child wants it you have the duty to take it away. You have an obligation to take what is not appropriate away from that child. Is that responsibility easy to fulfill? Those of you who have done that know how difficult it is. It is difficult emotionally and mentally and many times it's difficult physically to sort out the situation so that child can see from your point of view.
Picture yourself trying to take something away from a 300 pound gorilla. You can take something away easily from a child, for example a very harmful, sugar coated candy, easily because you are much stronger than your child. Without even giving an explanation, you can physically take it away. However, when you're dealing with a 300 pound gorilla, which is much stronger than you, obviously the task will be much greater and more difficult. Why am saying this? Simply because my topic today is those who want who want to change things versus those who want to keep things the way they are.
Our responsibility as the Unification Church is to change this world based on Principle. We understand the value of the Principle; we understand why it is important and we understand that what the world has to offer is not correct in terms of God's Providence and Will. It doesn't come near what God expects from mankind. We want to change this world, but it is going to be very difficult without us having the proper strategy, goals and means to make change. It is not as simple as taking candy or a harmful toy away from a child. Compared to taking a toy from a child, taking something from a gorilla is difficult. However, even taking something from a gorilla does not compare to the difficulty of our responsibility to change this world.
One of our staff members at the Manhattan Center brought to me an article. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, American teenagers view television an average of 10,500 hours between seventh grade and twelfth grade. That amount of time is equivalent to a child's' attendance in an academic institution from kindergarten to the end of high school. So, they're actually watching television more than twice the amount of time they're going to school. It averages to five hours every day. You don't have vacation from television. There are no Saturdays or Sundays or weekends. It is consistent viewing day after day. An entire chunk of the child's lifetime, over 10,500 hours, is spent watching television.
And why do they watch? It's not just mere entertainment. For children, the television is a source of information and the source of their livelihood. They gain ideas about how life is and how they should dress, how they should find friends and what kind of friends they should find. They learn what kind of friends are cool and acceptable and what kind are not. They are literally being educated more substantially by the television than by the educational system.
I stand here and look at you, and I consider how you educate your children. You might educate your children when they're young, but what happens to your children when they go out into society and start to mingle with others? They have to go to school. Do we have schools in our church? Do we have our own universities in America? Do we have the educational facilities that we need for our children in the American church? No. It's a very serious point. Your children are growing up. How are you going to educate these kids? Without having the means to educate your children properly, how are you going to set the right standard and explain the bad standard as a parent? How are you going to separate right from wrong without the proper means to educate your children? You need some means to have a certain effect in your child's life.
When you look at your body, what is the most important thing? Of course the major organs, your arteries and veins are all important. However, your nervous system is very important. It is the system which relays messages and information, which is vital to your health. When you don't have full control over this media, it is going to be very difficult to send a clear message, not just to one single cell or single individual, but to the entire body of an organism. You must have a proper alignment and proper order and based upon that you must have a proper system to communicate. You must have a proper medium through which to share information with one another. That is essential.
Some people are saying, "Let's stick to the old ways of filling up lecture halls." That's the old way, the traditional way. Let's play with numbers for a second. We have to educate five billion people. Are you going to physically get five billion people into a physical place? If that is your idea, fine. Let's see how realistic that is. In order to take people off the streets and collect them in one place and physically give lecture on a one to one basis, you would need to gather a thousand people every day for fourteen thousand years.
Let's raise the number. If you gathered one million people every day, it would still take fourteen years to educate all five billion people on earth. Let's exclude children-it would still take over a decade to physically educate five billion people. If you want to do that, go ahead.
I decided to speak about this after I heard some things several weeks ago, but I didn't come last week because I was busy. I remember one time I came here and spoke to you about special effects, particularly dealing with Terminator 2. Before I mentioned it I specifically said that, the content of the movie is stupid and childish, however, look at the nuclear holocaust scene. I have seen many documentaries about nuclear testing, but what I saw in that one particular scene, which only lasted a split second, when this bomb exploded in a metropolitan area and flattened out whole buildings, looked so realistic. I said this because it is our responsibility is to show the people of this world today what they can expect tomorrow. Father is telling them, "Hey, listen to this principle and take it to your heart". Why? Because tomorrow will be a better tomorrow.
I was just making a statement and somebody said "Oh, this childish reverend." This lack of understanding and disunity is a disease in our church. You still haven't separated from your stupid arrogance and self made pride. Why do I take my time to come and speak to you? Some of you appreciate it and write me letters. The only reason I come here is because I want to do something to help Father and I feel the Unification Church has to be a little more in control of the times. We're the prophets. We must be on top of, we must have dominion over, the present time, space and environment. That is why I am telling you, look at the Christians. We sooner or later have to face them and confront them based on the truth of how things should be in the ideal world. That is our responsibility and it is right ahead of us. All these television ministers are going full force trying to gain control over the cultural media and information media. Many of you, many of the first generation leaders, especially the Korean leaders and some Japanese too, are not up to date. It's different from your time.
When I was growing up in the sixties in Korea, we had televis