The ceremony to launch the Won Mo Boat
Sun Myung Moon
August 18, 2011
Won Mo Boat launch — Commemorative Address
Respected leaders from around the world, distinguished guests from home and abroad, ladies and gentlemen!
I offer you my heartfelt welcome and thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to participate in this ceremony to launch the Won Mo Boat.
Let us all thank God for making today’s launching ceremony possible. The ceremony in which we are taking part today and a similar ceremony held this past February in Yeosu, a beautiful port city in South Korea, are part of my effort to make Yeosu and the Colorado River region, especially the area around Hoover Dam, into the Eastern and Western hubs of the marine leisure industry. In 2012, Yeosu will be the site of an International Exposition recognized by the Bureau of International Expositions.
Ladies and gentlemen, close to one billion people today are suffering due to hunger. On average, one person dies of malnutrition every six seconds. 20 million people die every year. Of greatest concern is the number of children who are losing their lives due to malnutrition. The UN proclaimed that it would cut the number of the starving population in half by the end of 2015. Yet, output of corn and other crops has dwindled, and experts predict that the rate of starvation will double by the year 2020. Where can we find a solution to this serious issue? The solution lies in the world’s oceans, which cover 75% of the earth’s surface and are rich repositories of natural resources. The oceans are treasure stores of raw materials that could revive the Earth, which is dying due to environmental pollution and resource depletion, and promise humankind a bright future.
I have been investing in the ocean industry and developing marine-related technology for more than 50 years. My purpose has been to liberate humankind from suffering and death due to hunger. In the 1980s I built the Good-Go ships and laid a foundation for the ocean industry in more than thirty locations throughout the United States, including Kodiak, Alaska, and the Gulf of Mexico. In the 1990s, I invested in the ocean industry in South America, particularly in Brazil and Uruguay, thus creating a global marine network connecting 52 nations. On this foundation, in the new millennium I have been developing Yeosu, situated on the southern coast of Korea, and Hawaii, situated at the center of the Pacific Ocean, to become hubs of the ocean industry in the Pacific Rim Era.
Today you will be introduced to the Gypsum Plaster Mold method, which I devised, and participate in the launching of the Won Mo Boat, which was built using this and other new technologies. Beginning with the Cheon Jeong Boat, launched in Yeosu six months ago, Master Marine is opening a new global horizon in the shipbuilding industry and is contributing greatly to innovation in marine transportation in Korea and all of Asia, improving the quality of life for all.
Ladies and gentlemen, throughout my life I have taught the way of living for the sake of others, of practicing the true love of God. I have continuously promoted the welfare and security of the people of the world not only through the ocean industry but through a variety of fields.
In 2010, I held Cosmic Assemblies in New York, Las Vegas and Korea, to Proclaim the Substantial Word That Firmly Establishes the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind. Through those assemblies, I summed up the accomplishments of my peace initiatives. I am 91 years old, but I have never stopped working to bring about world peace. The ultimate goal that we share in common is to seek and establish “God’s kingdom” and “his righteousness.” (Matt. 6:33) The kingdom that we are seeking is a kingdom in which we live attending God at the center. It is an ideal kingdom of peace in the form of a true ideal family in which three generations of grandparents, parents and children live together in mutual trust, respect and interdependence, united in love. In other words, “God’s kingdom” is the nation of God’s sovereignty, the ideal world for which humankind has always hoped.
We have been called by God in his providence to establish true families in order to hasten the founding of the kingdom of cosmic peace on the earth. The movement to realize a society based on interdependence, mutual prosperity and universally shared values starts with one family. It is the movement to make all of humankind one family through breaking down the walls in our hearts and removing the borders, both spiritual and secular, between nations. Ladies and gentlemen, we are living at a time of great historic transition. It is a time for us to change history, to unite the spirit world and the physical world, and to found the ideal kingdom of heaven that God has longed for since the beginning of time, in a great cosmic revolution. We can no longer postpone or prolong this. Heaven has already proclaimed that January 13, 2013, will be the “Day of Origin.” It will be the substantial beginning of the Nation of Cosmic Peace and Unification (Cheon Il Guk). Less than two years remain.
Therefore, it is now time for all humankind to submit humbly to Heaven’s commands. A predestined time is upon us today, when we must establish a peaceful world under the guidance of the True Parents, who administer God’s providence on earth as his substantial self, as the King and Queen of Peace. Ladies and gentlemen, during this serious and unique time, you must now bring revolutionary and cosmic changes to your own lives. With that in mind, I would like to convey Heaven’s message to you by summarizing the concluding remarks in my address given at the Cosmic Assemblies to Proclaim the Substantial Word That Firmly Establishes the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind.
First, all families should attend God at their center and practice daily study through which parents and children can completely unite. Parents and children in each family should gather to read together the teaching materials and textbooks True Parents have bequeathed as well as True Parents’ autobiography. Through daily study, parents and children become one.
Second, parents and children must establish an absolute family by setting the standard of absolute parents and absolute children with God at their center. Heaven has permitted families to receive the grace of the Seunghwa authority, which allows for rebirth and resurrection. It is grace that can be received once there is complete unity between parents and children under God. For this cause, you have to establish absolute families.
Third, you must open the victorious reign of peace, with God and True Parents at its center, during True Parents’ time on earth. Humankind has passed beyond the authority of the era of restoration through indemnity, thanks to the grace of True Parents’ blood, sweat and tears. Now we must all fulfill our responsibility to liberate families, tribes, peoples, nations and the world from the authority of hell. Do not forget that this must be done during True Parents’ time on earth. Fourth, less than two years remain until we enter an era of peace under God’s direct dominion. Please bear in mind that we have entered the era of the authority of the cosmic Sabbath of true love. This is the era in which up to eight generations can live together joyfully in a single home, with the vision of one peaceful human family at the center.
The world of “One Family Under God,” where all people are equal and all nations are brothers and sisters, is unfolding before your eyes. U.S. Marine in America and Master Marine in Korea will ultimately help to achieve this grand purpose.
I expect that the Won Mo Boat, which was made using a new manufacturing method and is being launched today, will contribute greatly to the exploration of the area surrounding the Colorado River, which includes Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, and to the development of ocean resources. I would like to conclude my words with the wish that Heaven’s blessings will be with your family and nation.