A Heart that Truly Wants to Live Together in Harmony
Sun Myung Moon
February 10, 2000
“World Unification and North-South Unification will be Accomplished by True Love”
The speech given at the Opening Banquet of the WCSF Convocation
The only way to unite North and South is to become a people who can die for the North and the South. There is no other path to achieve unification. There has to be a heart of truly wanting to live together in harmony with the other side.
When a person considers how to lead his life, the most basic fundamentals can be expressed as: the path of a filial child, the path of a loyal patriot, the path of a saint, and the path of a son or daughter of God.
Isn’t it the heart of wanting to live in harmony with others eternally and of wanting to be with others without regard to whether they are higher or lower, and transcending front and back and left and right? This is the logical conclusion.
What is the common denominator among those who say, “I want to live in harmony with others?” It is not power. Power cannot transcend history. Power is limited to a specific period in time.
The same is true with knowledge. The world of knowledge has an innate tendency to develop. Does knowledge give us the heart to say, “I want to live with this particular piece of knowledge forever?” Clearly, we cannot keep either knowledge or wealth with us forever.
What then is the common denominator that transcends above and below, front and back, left and right, and the time differences between past, present and future? This cannot be anything other than true love centering on God.
Thus, a filial child is one who lives in his family giving profound love to his or her parents. Also, a patriot is one who lives a life of profound love for his or her country. A saint is one who lives a life of profound love for the people of the world. A son or daughter of God is one who lives a life of profound love for all humanity and God.
Thus, the problem is to develop a true foundation of heart by which a person can want to have the heart of a patriot. Such a person would want his or her life to be in concert with the fortunes of the people. Such a person would look upon any difficulties faced by the people as his or her own personal difficulties. This person would look upon any joys experienced by his people as more than temporary joys but eternal joys to be shared with everyone. The person who possesses relationships of true love and true heart is given special authority to participate in the realm of unification.
Ladies and gentlemen, even if a woman lacks any formal education she can marry a man with a doctoral degree and suddenly become the wife of a scholar. Isn’t that true? Anyone who possesses a great deal of these relationships of heart, desiring to live with others in harmony, has the right to participate today in the realm of unification.
God himself is such a being. So if a person attains the life content enabling him to form a unity, this person is automatically given the qualification to participate. Where should we begin the process of unification? Where should we start in order to achieve North-South unification? What is the first step? Do we begin by using our fists or physical force? If we subjugate the other side with force, then eventually they will develop a force stronger than ours and the conflict will begin all over again. We cannot achieve unification by this method. The way to unification will open when each of us has the heart to say, “Even though I live in the South, I truly want to live in harmony with those people in the North. I truly want to become one with them.”
Suppose people in the South were to look upon our compatriots in the North and shed tears to see the miserable conditions in which they live. Suppose we were to tell them, “I am living my life in a way that I can share in your difficulties.” Suppose we were to promise them, “Someday soon, I will appear before you having completed the preparations for your day of liberation.” Suppose, then, we were to carry out a practical movement for unification based on such a heart. If we did these things, I believe the day of unification would not be far off.
Ladies and gentlemen, we must think how we can live in harmony with our compatriots. No one can be a patriot if they do not want to live with their parents or with their compatriots. Any claim such a person might make to being patriotic would be a lie.
A person must first be able to live in harmony with his own country before he or she can live in harmony with the world. Further, a person must first live in harmony with the world before he or she can live in harmony with God. Thus, a person cannot be a patriot unless he first loves his compatriots and gives love to that particular regional society.
How much do our political leaders love their country? Any politician who lacks a heart of truly wanting to share in the life of common citizens will soon disappear. It doesn’t matter how well bred or educated this person may be. He will disappear like an air bubble formed on the surface of water. Any leader who does not love the citizens will not be able to escape judgment by the citizens of his country and by history.
Healing the division between North and South is not a simple process. As fellow patriots struggle to bring this about, they will need a determination of heart to work through many sleepless nights, transcending time, and overcoming all manner of difficulties. “I truly want to live with them. I don’t want to die unless I can die with them. I don’t want to live unless I can live with them.” The movement for North-South unification begins when both sides have such a heart toward the other.
When North-South unification is accomplished, this will be the beginning point in the effort to unite the democratic and communist worlds. Each of us must consider the future of our people and of the world as a representative of the world, a representative of the six billion humankind, a representative of the three billion people of Asia, a representative of your school, and a representative of all the students you have ever taught. We must determine ourselves to carry out a movement that will truly enable us to share in the lives of our compatriots.
When such an effort connects you to the way of the saint, then you will come to resemble a saint. If you practice this with respect to God with the loyalty of a son or daughter of God, then you will become “God’s heir,” and “successor to God’s will.” I tell you these things today, because I have already confirmed their truth in my own life.