Your Wish List

Hyo Jin Moon July 22, 2007 Belvedere, 7:00 am

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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.

A thousand more of these and twenty years will pass, right? (Laughter)

How are you doing? (OK)

Sometimes I want to say something, but there are too many young people here so I have to kind of hold it back.

If you have a wish list, what is it?

Do you have a wish list?

If you do have a wish list obviously you're going to have some kind of practical anchor or something. You've thought of some kind of practical anchor, something that is based on reality, because not every reality is our wish.

Even a drunkard can say "I wish for world peace." Is that world peace? That is not world peace.

There is a wish list, so what is your wish list? And what is your practical reality that you're trying to anchor yourself into? Because unless that is clear you're just going to be floating around, and get lost at times.

That has to be the kind of fundamental thing that you always question yourself, because if you don't others will do it for you. In the end you are responsible. People will say "Hey you have to be responsible for your consequences; that is the nature of responsibility."

You can talk about responsibility in religious terms, social terms, but there's consequences and it can be severe at times.

No body likes to go to jail right? Do you want to go to jail? (No) Have you been to jail? (One member responds "yes.") OK good for you. (Laughter)

Because it's a great experience. Now don't.. don't... I shouldn't talk like this to you. (Laughter)

So what is your wish list? How many people over here in this room have a father, have parents that who are considered by many in the world to be billionaires, have a lot of material wealth, how many people? Would you be here if your parents were like that?

And what if that so-called materialistically well off person is a religious leader, and a misunderstood one at that, still to this day. Because I know for a fact that there is a different law for you if you're a Moonie, especially if your Father's children; (Hyo Jin nim laughs) and that's reality.

So what good is all that stuff, and what does that represent? Who is Father to you? Who is father to me? Let me ask myself that question.

I don't like to talk about "I" because it is inappropriate, not at this platform. Why, because every give and take has a subject and object relationship and it should not be about me.

That's why I don't talk about myself too much. Can I talk about myself? Oh heck yeah! But it's inappropriate; it's not right; it doesn't serve the greater purpose, because that's what you're trying to do.

I'm here as a human being trying to give and take with another human being and this platform calls for you being the subject, not me. That's about it. There is appropriation for every little thing in the world, even just look at your body, if it is not appropriated properly you are going to be retarded, mentally disturbed, sick or something.

That's reality. You can have your wish list out the kazoo, but there are certain things that you just can't do because of your practicality, of your reality. If you do not understand where you stand, you will never have your wish list, because your wishes will come true based on where you stand, ok, knowing where you stand.

What the heck is your wish anyway?

What do you want?

To me this life is jail to me. I just want it to go away.