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3: Reverend Moon's Philosophy of Peace

3.1 Peace is realized through reciprocal relationships

God is the absolute and the only One. Did God, who is the only One, make the standard of goodness Himself alone? If He had done so, the ideal of creation could not be realized. Joy and happiness do not occur alone, but require a reciprocal partner. When mother and children become one, there is happiness. Since the word "peace" has the meaning of being flat like the horizon, peace includes the meaning of relationship.

(136-104, 1985.12.22)

Why did God create the universe? God is the absolute subject, but, when alone, He cannot feel joy. Peace, happiness and joy do not come when one is alone, but occur through reciprocal relationships. Thus, on His own, God does not play the role of creator.

(058-210, 1972.06.11)

Throughout history, we have always pursued peace. However, this world is filled with distrust, capriciousness and enmity; we are at an impasse in establishing a world of peace. Therefore, we are forced to think of an absolute, unchangeable and eternal being that can realize our ideal. The being must be God. God must be the subject of love, happiness, peace and the ideal.

From this point of view, human beings are necessary for the completion of God's peace, love and happiness. We did not know this fact. In order to perfect God and man's reciprocal ideal, there is no other way than our uniting with God's direction.

(074-046, 1974.11.27)

Completed individuals can fulfill God's ideal of creation. God did not create all things just to look at them, but to derive joy from them. Joy gives happiness to people, and happiness gives rise to a peaceful environment. Thus, the crucial point of obtaining joy and solving the problem of peace is to make a reciprocal relationship with the absolute God.

(063-155, 1972.10.14)

If Adam and Eve had completely united with God, their love would have been absolute love. Since their children would have been born in the realm of absolute love and grown up receiving absolute love, they would have naturally lived in the reciprocal realm of absolute love. In such an environment, parents and children can be united, and people can praise God's love, and the four-position foundation can be formed.

(051-168, 1971.11.21)

When True Father prayed in the old days, with a serious mind he asked God, "What is the root of the universe?" At that time, God answered, "The relationship of parents and children." When that relationship is perfected, the universe will be united and the world will be peaceful.

(104-099, 1979.04.15)

Let's say this is a meter. You cannot arbitrarily make your own "meter" deviating from the standard length. Distance is measured according to that original standard. Words and deeds should conform to the original standard. When they do, the foundation of peace and unification can be built.

(051-079, 1971.11.01)

Peace is impossible without the origin. If God exists as the subject of love, life and the ideal, He has to establish a level at which He can be united with man through love, life and the ideal. The most valuable things to us must be true, eternal love, life and the ideal. We know that people have pursued love, happiness, peace and the ideal throughout history. However, today's people have tired of seeking such an ideal and love. One can find the unchangeable ideal and love not in this changeable world, but from the unchanging God.

No matter how omnipotent God may be, He alone cannot establish the world of peace, happiness and the ideal. That world can be made in reciprocal relationships. Even though God is the origin of peace, happiness, love and the ideal, God alone cannot make such an ideal world.

The relationship between God and people is the reciprocal relationship of parent and child. We have to restore such a relationship from now, therefore. Even sinful people desire that love, peace, happiness and the ideal be eternal. In the same manner, God, as the eternal subject partner, also wishes that we, as His object partner, be eternal. If God has eternal love, happiness and the ideal, there must be a world of eternal love, happiness and the ideal. This is called the Kingdom of Heaven.

(069-075, 1973.10.20)

Who are the unfortunate ones? Those who are unable to give and receive, as they would like to, are unfortunate. Happiness does not arise by itself. Peace, love and happiness can never come about when one is alone. Because they occur through a reciprocal relationship, perfect peace, perfect love and perfect happiness must emerge through a perfect object partner.

Where can people find the perfect level of love and peace? It is impossible to find absolute love and peace in this capricious world. People throughout history have sought unchanging love and the ideal, but now they recognize the impossibility of establishing an absolute world and are stifled.

(082-290, 1976.02.21)

From this point of view, if we think that people cannot establish the ideal world of peace, or of true and eternal love, and the absolute, eternal and unchanging being exists, there is no other way except through that absolute being. That absolute being is God. Since God is an eternal, unchanging and unique being, the love, ideals, peace and happiness that He desires must be likewise.

(074-161, 1974.12.07)

We can see here clearly that things such as love, happiness, peace or the ideal are not realized by words alone but are substantiated through reciprocal relationships. Even God would find it meaningless to love, to have an ideal or to have peace and happiness all by Himself. They would mean nothing without an object partner.

We come to the conclusion that in the universe only a human being can stand in a reciprocal relationship with God. We have not understood that we are indispensably valuable beings needed to accomplish God's ideal, God's love, God's happiness and God's peace.

(074-161, 1974.12.07)

If we could prescribe a formula for happiness and peace, what would that ideal formula be like? This is what matters. In the course of your life, you surely have had such questions as "What in the world are human beings?" or "What has become of me?" Right? How is a view of life, of the world, of the universe or of God formed? You might have thought, "Oh, no, a viewpoint of life! I don't even know about human beings. What am I going to do for a viewpoint of a nation, a viewpoint of the world, and so on? Also, what about a viewpoint of the universe or a viewpoint of God?" Still, people cannot stand in an isolated position. They are going on a predestined road in which they have no way but to make subject partner-object partner relationships in the realm of reciprocal relationships.

We have been aware of that since time immemorial. Humanity has been longing for eternal, true and unchanging love, happiness, peace and the ideal.

God is the one that can become the King of love, the King of ideals and the King of peace and happiness. We can draw the conclusion that we have to learn and follow what He suggests if we are to accomplish through Him the ideal which humanity has been pursuing. This is a natural conclusion.

When we think about it, we know those things like love, peace, happiness or the ideal are not realized by someone on their own. Rather, they are accomplished in a reciprocal relationship. Therefore, although God is such an almighty, absolute being, He cannot realize the love, peace, happiness and ideal that He desires, all by Himself. It is inevitable that even God Himself needs an object partner.

The conclusion is that if somebody asks what, of all the things in God's creation, can be the substantial object partner of God, the answer is people. We are the object partners that can accomplish His ideal of love and complete His happiness and peace. Of what use is it for God to love all alone, for Him to find the ideal all by Himself or to feel peaceful and happy all alone? He cannot accomplish these things without people.

Today established theologians are saying the Creator and His creatures cannot stand in the same place. If that is true, through whom are we going to realize love and through whom are we going to accomplish happiness and peace? These cannot be accomplished without an object partner.

Furthermore, if God is an eternal, unchanging and absolute being, can He say to people, who were made as His object partners of love, "You are necessary to me only when I need you for a moment and according to my situation"? He cannot think that way. Since God loves them, and they are His object partner of happiness and the fulfillment of the ideal, He and they have a relationship as the subject partner and object partners of peace. His object partners should also be absolute and unchanging beings just like God, who is not temporal but absolute, eternal and unchanging. We have to understand this fact.

(077-116, 1975.04.01)

We know that from ancient times there has been no one among the countless people living on earth who has not sought after true, eternal and unchanging love, happiness, and peace the ideal. However, at this time of change and confusion, we are facing the fact that we have come to a dead end. We are stifling in our effort to find the ideal in a society where antagonism and jealousy exist.

If God exists, He Himself cannot help wishing for true love. Moreover, He cannot help desiring true peace, true happiness and the true ideal. It is certain that God would be the very king of love, king of the ideal and the king of peace and happiness. So, I think that the world of true love, happiness and the ideal cannot appear in our world unless we follow God's requirements of love, peace, happiness and the ideal and find a way by which we can align ourselves with His demands. Although God does exist, such things as love, hope, happiness or the ideal cannot be established by God alone. These are words that can be realized only after a reciprocal relationship is formed. Therefore, no matter how absolute God may be, a reciprocal existence is surely needed to fulfill His love, peace, happiness and the ideal.

If someone were to ask what in the universe is God's object partner, anyone would answer that people are. God cannot perfect His love, happiness, peace and ideal by Himself. It is only possible through a reciprocal relationship, and it is only people that can stand in that reciprocal position. Until today, we have not thought of the fact that without us, God's love, ideal, peace and happiness cannot be fulfilled. We must recover our original value. Today, the one that you refer to as "I" is absolutely needed to realize God's ideal and love.

(077-100, 1975.04.01)

Let's suppose that God is here. Can He fulfill love by Himself? The answer is no. Can He fulfill the ideal by Himself? Can God enjoy happiness and peace all alone? The answer is no. As you know, this thing called love is not something one realizes by oneself. Things like peace, happiness or the ideal are not realized when they stand alone, but are fulfilled only in reciprocal relationships. Therefore, there should be an object partner for the realization of God's ideal.

There should be an object partner in perfecting God's love. Likewise, God's happiness and peace cannot be realized without an object partner. What would be the use of loving, fulfilling the ideal, being happy or being peaceful all by yourself? We come to the conclusion that these are possible only by having an object partner.

Until today, we have been ignorant of the fact that, although we have thought that we are insignificant, without each of us God cannot fulfill His love. Without "me" God cannot fulfill His ideal and we are necessary in perfecting God's happiness and His peace.

Here we must realize once again that, although we are immature, we are beings of high-dimensional value that can complete God's love, happiness and peace.

(077-182, 1975.04.06)

There has not been a single day until now when we have not been waiting impatiently for true, eternal and unchanging love, happiness and peace and the ideal. These ideals cannot be realized through changeable human beings. This is a fact we can see vividly in the current state of the world.

If the absolute, eternal, unique and unchanging God does exist at this time, we cannot but ask for the origin of true love, true happiness, true peace and the true ideal from a new viewpoint in accordance with such a God. Looking from that perspective, we would finally be able to receive the world of new peace and new happiness from understanding God's view of Himself, God's view of life and God's view of the world of matter. What is the issue here? Even though God is indeed absolute, it is impossible for God to fulfill things like love, happiness, peace and His ideal by himself. Love, happiness, peace and the ideal do not materialize by themselves. They are fulfilled only in reciprocal relationships.

Therefore, we come to the conclusion that when there is no object partner for the absolute God, even He cannot fulfill the absolute love, absolute peace, absolute happiness or the absolute ideal that He desires.

From this viewpoint, what beings in the world of creation can appear as an object partner for that absolute God? We cannot think that it could be any being other than human beings. We have been unaware of the fact that we are the only object partners who can fulfill God's ideal and perfect God's true love and that we have the value of object partners who can complete God's happiness and peace.

God is the subject partner and we are His object partners. We have to understand that in front of God, we, who are His object partners, are beings with infinite value.

(077-260, 1975.04.14)

The question is how we can be linked with the ideal conditions He demands. From ancient times, people have in their own way sought after true and unchanging love, freedom, peace, happiness and the ideal. However, they now find themselves running into a blind alley, unable to have hope. Moreover, we are facing a hopeless situation in which we have to lament not only over ourselves but also over the world.

God and human beings alike are hoping for happiness, true love, true peace and the true ideal. That being the case, when is it that this world of love, the world of happiness and the world of peace and the ideal will be fulfilled? It is when God and man are united as one.

When we ask who the subject partner is and who the object partner is, God has to be the subject partner. As subject partner, God has to clearly make us realize the conditions He demands and find human beings that can be united with Him according to the standard He requires. Thus, unless He remolds human beings to that standard, the true love, true happiness, true peace and the true ideal that God desires cannot be realized. This is the natural conclusion.

Therefore, you now have to follow the content God suggests. What matters here is that God is the subject partner and we are the object partners. Then, what about concepts such as true love, true happiness, or true peace? Are we talking about these things separately? No. For example, love is created only when there is a relationship of subject partner and object partner. As for peace, can a person feel peaceful alone? Here again is surely the need for a subject partner and an object partner. Also, can there be an ideal when one is all by oneself? There cannot. Here again is the need for a subject partner-object partner relationship. Also, we have to know that we do not have the concept of the happiness of one individual alone. Happiness is realized only in terms of the subject partner-object partner relationship.

Therefore, even God cannot attain true love, His ideal, happiness and peace without His object partner. What would be the use of an ideal to God by Himself? What would be the use of peace or happiness to God if He were alone? We come to understand that God also needs happiness, peace, love and the ideal and can achieve them only when His object partner is there.

The one thing that I hope that you will understand is that each individual is indispensable in completing God's true love, peace, happiness and the ideal. We have been unaware of our tremendous value. With this knowledge of our value, which is precious, awesome and lofty, and which can bring love, peace, happiness and the ideal, even to God, please become people that can praise themselves and feel reverence for themselves.

(077-313, 1975.04.30)

True happiness, true peace and true freedom: even when we find ourselves desperate and upset we pursue them. However, what is the reason for our failing to fulfill even one of them? No matter how hard we try, these things are not to be found.

True love does not come from human beings. If there is an absolute God, true love must come from Him. True ideals do not come from us, but from the absolute God. True peace, true happiness and true freedom do not come from us, but from the true God. Therefore, we can expect that those that are not standing in line with the Will of God or who are in a situation where something is wrong, cannot reach such a place. From this point of view, we cannot deny that love, freedom, happiness, peace and the ideal are not established by ourselves, but only within reciprocal relationships.

(078-104, 1975.05.06)

If there is an absolute God, If God were alone could He say, "Wow, this is love!"? If God were alone, could He say, "Here is my ideal. I am happy. I am the center of peace"? He couldn't. We have to understand that an object partner is absolutely needed. Even almighty God, who created and moves the entire universe, cannot fulfill His love without an object partner. Without people, He cannot attain His ideal, happiness or peace. This is a logical conclusion.

You will leave here having found the most precious thing at this time if you realize that, "I am an amazing being who can perfect God's love. I am an amazing being who can realize God's ideal. I am an amazing being who can accomplish God's happiness and His peace."

(078-103, 1975.05.06)

Everything such as love, peace or happiness is established in a reciprocal relationship only. It cannot realized by one person alone. If someone were to say, "Love! Oh, I am in love by myself" he would be considered insane. If someone were to say, "Peace! Alone, I am at peace" he would also be thought insane. Also, can one be happy alone just by saying, "Happiness! I am happy all by myself"? He would be called a lunatic. It has to be connected to a reciprocal relationship and love. If one finds love, happiness and peace will be there automatically; peace will arise as a by-product.

(085-055, 1976.03.02)

Throughout history, people have sought the world of eternal, universal and true love, and sought happiness, peace and the ideal. In modern times, we are no less waiting for this to be realized. However, we are well aware of the fact that we are standing in a place of declining hope. We also know very well that people are thus discouraged and are now driven to the limit saying, "The world is finished. It can't go on."

Although the desire for true love, true peace, true happiness and the true ideal may not be realized in this changing world of human beings, it is certain that, if an absolute God transcending human beings exists, He will surely accomplish them. There is no other way than this.

When we think this way, God Himself cannot but be the king of love, the king of peace and happiness and the center of the ideal. Therefore, when human beings are blocked in their search after such things, there is no other way except through God.

When we think of such things as love, happiness, peace or the ideal, they are not something that one being can accomplish alone. They cannot be realized without a reciprocal relationship. This being so, would God be able to achieve them all by Himself? Even God cannot realize them by Himself. Accordingly, somebody in the universe has to stand in the position of object partner to another in establishing reciprocal relationships.

In this context, if we suppose God to be the subject partner of the universe, there is no being other than human beings that can stand in the position of His object partner. Then, we can reflect on the reality that the perfection of love that God desires is not achieved by God's love alone, and that the peace, happiness and ideal of God are similarly not to be fulfilled by God Himself without us. We come to feel that there has been no one in all of history that has thought about this deeply.

(072-010, 1974.05.07)

Is God a being of devoid of love? No. God has love within Himself. However, the problem is that He has not had an object partner He could share love with. One can never feel love or happiness by oneself. Peace is also meant to exist through the reciprocal relationship between countries that are in a relationship of subject partner and object partner to each other.

(145-267, 1986.05.15)

When people say "peace," what are they talking about? They are not talking about peace itself, but a reciprocal relationship. There has to be love there. Nothing peaceful can exist unless there is love.

(175-196, 1988.04.17)

When people talk about world peace, they think of it as a reciprocal relationship. In other words, people talk about peace that is centered on East and West. The peace that is centered on the East is unilateral peace and it cannot be overall peace. Words like "equality" or "balance" are all formed when things are connected in reciprocal relationships. Therefore, what we call "peace" is also achieved when a man and a woman become one.

From this viewpoint, if there is one thing that can realize the point of equality, it is love. It is the same with equal rights between men and women. People often use the phrase "women's liberation." Women generally cannot match men in physical power. Men and women are equal in love, however.

(166-037, 1987.05.28)

Without investing one's own resources and sacrificing oneself, the world of peace and unity will never come. What about individualism? There is not one part of us that we can claim to be our very own. When children grow from their mother's ovum, receive their parents' love and are born, 99.999 percent of their being is their mother's bone, blood and flesh, and the other 0.001 percent is added from their father's sperm. There cannot be a concept of self. No one had the concept of "me alone" when they were born.

(299-119, 1999.02.07)

The ideal form of peace cannot be realized by one being alone. Why do you think bees or butterflies came into being? What would happen if there were no bees or butterflies in the world of plants? What would happen if there were no winds? Could plants multiply? What would be the use of honey or scent? Why are there bees and scent? Everything is meant to help each other with their right to survive in reciprocal harmony. There are women and men, and males and females in the world of animals, right? Are the organs of males and females the same as those of people? They are different in their appearance, but isn't their nature the same? Don't males and females bring forth their young by becoming one? What about human beings? A baby is born through a woman and a man becoming one.

(230-320, 1992.05.10)

3.2 Peace that comes when living for others

The order of existence in the universe is rooted in acting for the sake of others. The world of true peace, true love and the true ideal is both the ideal of God's creation and the desire of humankind. Therefore, the origin of happiness and peace lies in living for the sake of others.

(135-233, 1985.12.11)

Where one insists that one exists for oneself, two cannot be united. For people to be able to achieve the goal of peace and to be in a position to console one another, it is necessary to take the stance that "I exist for you." Peace is drawn only at the place we say, "I am here for you."

Only when parents are there for the sake of their children is a peaceful nest created for them. When the parents are there for their own sake, the nest of happiness and peace is ruined.

If the children think that their parents exist for the sake of the children, but that they, the children, exist for their own sake, their home cannot be a place of peace and happiness for the parents. As more people think in this way, misfortunes will arise and there will not be a foundation for peace. In other words, only where family members live for the sake of the other members can the basis of peace and the conditions for happiness blossom.

(060-021, 1972.08.01)

Once you have practiced the principle of living for the sake of others, a family of peace, a family of freedom, a family of happiness and a family of love will be realized, and, in society, a society of peace, a society of freedom and a society of happiness will result. This is the same with the nation and the world. You have to know that the conclusion is a matter of course that, wherever you are, happiness, freedom, peace and love will dwell so long as you are acting on this principle of acting for the sake of others.

(070-307, 1974.03.09)

God is the king of wisdom and is omnipotent. Therefore, He has to either decide on the origin of true love, true happiness, true peace and the true ideal of the world of humanity from the standpoint of being centered on the subject partner in the subject partner-object partner relationship, or from the standpoint of the object partner. By that, I mean that God has to decide on the matter with the eternal ideal world in mind.

We come to realize that, rather than an object partner attending the subject partner, God inevitably takes the position that He Himself exists centered on His object partner. Then, everything becomes one. Since everything follows the principle of development, the almighty God had to decide the standard of peace, happiness, love and the ideal as "existing for the sake of others."

Therefore, happiness, love, peace and the ideal do not dominate others or place others in the position of serving them; rather they put themselves in the position of existing for another's sake. Only then can true love, true happiness, true peace and the true ideal begin. The principle of the creation of the universe is thus established.

(072-014, 1974.05.07)

If a man and a woman who are going to spend their lives living for the sake of others became husband and wife, that couple indeed would be an ideal couple. Isn't that so? Such a couple certainly sets the standard of true peace. That a husband and wife can be a truly happy couple is proved by such a couple. They can surely become the subject partners of eternal and universal true love.

Let's apply this principle to see what the ideal parents are really like. If there are parents who think that they were born for their children, they have always existed for their children and they would end their lives devoting themselves to their children instead of trying to exist for themselves and spend their life for their own sakes, certainly, such parents could not but be true parents. These parents are indeed parents of true peace, true happiness and the true ideal. To the contrary, if there are children who think that their having been born was for their parents and that they will live for their parents and die for the sake of their parents as well, they cannot but be filial children. These are definitely children who can receive true love and be children of true happiness, true peace and the true ideal.

(072-015, 1974.05.07)

We have now learned about two types of beings, God, who is the subject partner, and human beings, who are the object partners. Also, we have learned that these two have to become one by all means. Here, the question of where to put the source of true love, true happiness, true peace, true freedom and the true ideal must be a problem for God Himself as well.

Therefore, neither men nor women are born for their own sake, but for their object partners. We have to understand that love, happiness, peace and the true ideal exist in our existing, living and dying for the sake of our object partners. I have known that this is the basic truth of the universe. Where this principle is applied, that is, if this is applied to the relationship of father and son, there are true parents and true sons right there. It is certain that the place of happy parents and children is established only in such a relationship.

We may say that if a loving couple says to each other at the time of their marriage, "I was born for you, have lived until now for you and will die for you," the couple would be an ideal couple, a happy couple, a couple of peace and a couple of freedom at that place and at that moment.

(073-191, 1974.09.17)

"Existing for the sake of others" is the principle of the origin of the universe. Considering the fact that this principle constitutes the foundation of the ideal, one can receive abundant happiness, peace and love only when one stands upon this principle.

(072-028, 1974.05.07)

Let's suppose that I have done something that was of benefit to a Mr. Park that we will give the measure of 100 percent and he came to know of this. Then, he would feel like returning 110 percent to me. When he returns 110 percent, I come to feel like responding to him with 120 percent. Here, the concept of eternity begins. True love will go on forever. Happiness also goes on forever. The ideal also goes on for eternity. Peace, too, goes on forever. Besides, where there is acting for the sake of others, there is development. There is development and prosperity.

(073-193, 1974.09.17)

You are asked to follow this principle of existing for the sake of others. Peace in yourself as an individual, the peace of a family and, further, the peace of a tribe and a nation will be right there.

If there were a group of people that did not tire and continually adhered to this ideological basis, in Asia such a group would be in the limelight as one that could endure a path of suffering. That group could exist for the sake of the world and save the world while overcoming the course of the world's ordeals.

(077-125, 1975.04.01)

Here is a husband and his wife. Where can we find a true married couple who are eternal and unchanging? We can find a true husband and wife, an ideal husband and wife or a husband and wife of peace and happiness only in a husband that is willing to exist, live and die for the sake of his wife, and only in a wife that is willing to do the same for the sake of her husband.

It is the same with parents. When parents feel they were born, live and die for the sake of their children, there can as appear true parents, ideal parents and parents who become the origin of happiness and peace.

It is simple. Where do we establish the origin of peace and the origin of happiness? Every knotty problem in the universe will be solved once we find that we were born not for ourselves but for the sake of others.

(074-163, 1974.12.07)

Where between subject partner and object partner does God, who is the king of wisdom and the center of everything, place the origin of things like true peace, true happiness or the true ideal? This is inevitably a problem. If there is a subject partner, there is an object partner, too. As the Creator, God would have found it a challenge to decide where to the conditions of the ideal are to be found, whether in serving the subject partner or serving the object partner.

So, in realizing true peace, true love and the true ideal, God thought about whether to put the ideal origin in the object partner acting for the sake of the subject partner or in the subject partner acting for the sake of the object partner. If He were to establish the ideal origin in the position of having the object partner act for the sake of Himself, the subject partner, it would be tantamount to His telling all people in the position of a subject partner to ask their object partners to act for the sake of the subject partner - let alone the question of whether it would be right for God to act in the same way. If so, the way to becoming one would be blocked. That is, the road would divide. Where would the road through which two can become one and the road that can become the source of peace be? God could not help establishing the principle that not only God but also true people have to exist for the sake of others. Therefore, we cannot find true love, true happiness, true peace and the true ideal without acting for the sake of others. We have been ignorant of the fact that this was the original principle of the creation of heaven and earth.

What kind of people are true parents? We may say that they are those who were born for the sake of their children, live for the sake of their children and die for the sake of their children. Only then is the love of a true father and mother formed and only then can they appear as the ideal parents in front of their true children. Further, they would become the center of peace and the standard of happiness for their children. In the meantime, where are we going to establish the standard of true filial piety? It is in the opposite position. Children that were born for their parents, live for their parents and offer their lives for their parents can become true filial sons and daughters. Only when they do so can they become the ideal children for their parents, children whom their parents can truly love and the object partner of their parents' happiness and peace.

At this point, if we suggest a formula from this perspective, we may now guess that these ideal conditions - that is true love, true happiness and true peace - can be found only in existing for the sake of others.

(075-318, 1975.01.16)

If we expand the formula that one has to act for the sake of others and thus realize a world where people act for the sake of others transcending nationality, the world is sure to become the world of utopian love, the ideal world, the world of peace and the world of happiness that we have been longing for. The principle of existing for the sake of others will find its way into every aspect of life.

(075-325, 1975.01.16)

What is a true husband like? If there were a husband who has taken the position that he has been born for the sake of his wife, lives for the sake of his wife and is willing to die for the sake of his wife, the wife could not help praising him as the master of true love, a husband of the true ideal and a husband who is indeed the source of true peace and happiness. It is true from the opposite side as well.

We have to understand that problems do arise when we ourselves are not confident of this principle. I am aware that God, who is the great supervisor of the creation of heaven and earth, has established this as the principle of creation, so without following this principle one cannot enter the world that is good, true, happy and peaceful or the world of love and the ideal.

(075-319, 1975.01.16)

When the family of Cain acts for the sake of the family of Abel and the family of Abel is grateful to the family of Cain and thus a traditional bond is made, which cannot be severed, their sons and daughters can finally become one and live in a natural situation without contradictions. A nation of peace will begin from there, since when those conditions are met, one finds a country at last, and the stage on which one struggles with Satan does not exist in the realm of that country.

(058-186, 1972.06.11)

There are people who say, "It's better to get rid of everything and make oneness, even by the sword, rather than leaving the evil world as it is and failing to unite." Why was Hitler branded a dictator? Was it wrong that he was labeled in that way? No, it was not wrong to label him a dictator. He said that Europe had to exist for the Germanic race. He should have had the idea that the Germanic race must exist for Europe. That's different. He insisted that Europe exist for the Germanic race and nothing else was allowed. However, the fact is that Germany should have existed for the peace of Europe. If he had said that Germany existed to serve the interests of Europe, evil would not have resulted. Had he been such a ruler, he would have left behind a reputation as a historic politician. This is where the difference lies.

(057-055, 1972.05.28)

God is the subject partner and we are His object partners. What God has to think about as regards the relationship of subject partner and object partner is from where to have the standards of true love, happiness, peace and the ideal spring. I mean, God who is the king of wisdom must take seriously the matter of where He would place their origin. True love does not lie in asking someone to act for the sake of others. The standards of true peace, true happiness and the true ideal do not lie in asking someone else to act for the sake of others. Rather, it starts from my trying to act for the sake of others. Therefore, a true husband and wife, true parents, true teachers and true patriots do not originate from their pulling on others with themselves as the central focus. They originate from investing themselves. Creation itself is investing.

(077-105, 1975.04.01)

What are true parents like? They are the parents who think that they were born for the sake of their children, they have lived till now also for the sake of their children and will die as well for their children. When the parents stand in a place where they have lived for and will die for the sake of their children, they are surely true parents, parents of love, and ideal parents. They are parents who consider what is necessary for the peace and happiness of their children.

Then, who is a true filial son? He is the son who lives with the idea that he was born for his parents, is living for his parents and will die for his parents. We can determine who is a true filial son when he commits his loyalty and life from the position of having been born only for his parents, is living only for his parents and will die only for his parents. When the parents look at that son, they will find that he is a filial son of love and an ideal son that parents want. Also, their interaction with him becomes a source of peace, and the parents can be happy. We cannot deny the fact that in the creation of the universe, God established the ideal origin - beings have to adhere to the principle of living for the sake of others.

What is a true husband like? It follows the same rule. The husband who says that his birth was for his wife, his life is also for his wife and his death will also be for his wife is a true husband. It is the same with a true wife. "I was born for you, my life is for you and my death will also be for you." This way, if a family member can keep the principle of acting for the sake of others, going beyond the individual self, the family will inevitably be the ideal family and surely a family of love, happiness and peace.

People have been unaware of the fact that God has established such a natural principle. If those of you who have attended this meeting tonight want to have a mind that longs for the world of love, happiness, peace and the ideal, take the road that can change the direction of your life. Then a world of possibilities will open before you.

Here tonight you have found a formula. One is meant to be able to accomplish the ideal only by going through the process of acting for the sake of others. Therefore, no matter how wonderful one may be, one cannot pursue happiness and the ideal apart from this formula. Just as people cannot avoid the road of death, it is a fact that one can find love, happiness, peace and only the ideal by following the standard of this natural principle, which God has established. Now in your course of life, when you form a judgement about all things centered on one official standard, you will find that in realizing the ideal conditions that people desire, nothing will be done without going through this process.

(077-106, 1975.04.01)

We have to know that God is indeed the king of wisdom, so He established the secret of creation and the natural principle that one lives for the sake of others. I would like you to understand that true love, true happiness and true peace are formed only at the place of existing for the sake of others. Let's apply this formula and see.

(077-188, 1975.04.06)

We can find a principle by which God created the world of the ideal in this. I am hopeful that today you remember that only by existing for the sake of others can God's true love start. Only by existing for the sake of others does God's ideal object partner manifest itself, and only through existing for the sake of others are peace and happiness realized.

For example, who are true parents? I mean, who in the world are true parents? True parents are not somebody special. If they have stood in a position in which they were born for their children, are living for their children, can die for their children and can do everything for their children, they cannot help becoming parents of true love, parents of the true ideal, parents of true happiness and parents of true peace. We have to understand that unchanging and eternal love, peace, happiness and the ideal are established only where one is existing for the sake of others.

When such a husband and wife appear, they will be able to receive God's love and become the object partners of God's peace. It is also certain that they will become a true, eternal and ideal husband and wife, a husband and wife of love, peace and happiness who can become the substantial object partner of God's ideal.

(077-186, 1975.04.06)

No matter how many religious books may exist in the countless religions, their conclusions are all epitomized in the words "Exist for the sake of others." If we draw a conclusion as a whole from the entire sixty-six volumes of the Old and New Testaments, it would end in the words "Exist for the sake of others." Jesus said that he came not to be served, but to serve. Why? It is because God set the principle of the creation of heaven and earth and the ideal standard as existing for the sake of others. Accordingly, the Son of Heaven, who has to adjust himself to the law of the original world, representing heavenly law, has to be so. That explains why he emphasized that he came to act for the sake of others. It is said that those that wish to go higher will decline, and those that wish to go lower will ascend. It is said that if you give up your own life for the sake of your friend there is no love greater than that. In short, the conclusion is "Exist for the sake of others."

(077-190, 1975.04.06)

Love comes from the object partner. Without an object partner, there can be neither happiness nor peace. That means that these always come through an object partner. Love and the ideal, which are more precious than one's own life, come from an object partner. Accordingly, one has to be humbly prepared to receive that precious thing. You have to understand that God thus could not help establishing the law that instructs us to live for the sake of others.

God who is the king of wisdom knows that where one is acting for the sake of others, eternity appears - the center, the origin of peace and unity, true love and the ideal. We shall have to know that God could not help establishing the principle of existing for the sake of others.

(077-192, 1975.04.06)

With what will we educate the young people of today's Unification Church? The secret of creation lies here and we know that love and the ideal are here. This being the case, if you would like to meet God, have His love, or participate in His peace and happiness, become a person who exists for the sake of others. There is nothing else. It is not because Rev. Moon is someone special or he has some special ways or ability. He is following this philosophy and so even God can stay with him; it is a philosophy whose road God cannot but follow. Individuals and families alike ought to follow this philosophy.

(077-195, 1975.04.06)

We have to follow the will of the heavenly law of existing for the sake of others. If there is someone who serves his country more than any other, you should lead a life in which you attend him as God and the Lord. If not, live such a life yourself in which you serve your country more than any other person. Then, heavenly peace will nestle in your heart. You will recognize God's infinite love and His reality and receive the environment of the ideal of heaven on earth, where you live embraced by God. I mean this! Happiness will be there and the place of tranquility will come into being right there. To work while longing for individuals who can be like this is the road our life has to go, and, further, to long for such a country and thus hope to fulfill God's will is the paradise on earth that humanity and God desire in the end.

(077-203, 1975.04.06)

When you go to the spirit world, you will find that God exists as the central being of heaven and earth. You will also see that the more you are governed by Him - for one thousand or ten thousand years - the greater our happiness. If you cannot believe this, why don't you die right now and see? We have not been aware of this. We have not been farsighted enough to see that if there is someone that can wholeheartedly govern us for our sake, there could be true peace. We shall have to know the fact that a being that acts for the sake of others will become a central being and thus can create a completely unified environment.

Peace, happiness, true love or the ideal will be realized only when you go to the place where you can say, "The most precious God is there for me. God's greatest love is there for me."

The world where this is possible and the place where people can live for the sake of others everywhere and on every level, including the individual, family, society, country and the world, is the very state of the supreme ideal that we desire. The world where there are true love, true peace, true happiness and true freedom is the ideal world that we desire. Also, when such a world comes into being and is united with God at the center, it cannot help being heaven on earth.

(077-272, 1975.04.14)

God, who is the king of wisdom, created people, who are His object partners, and then found He had a problem. He had to think of where to put the origin of things such as true love, peace, happiness or the ideal after He had created man. "Where in the world should I put the origin? Where is the origin of truth?" It was a question of where the origin of the true ideal, true happiness and true peace lay. The origin of these things, which God Himself has established, must exist.

Since God created things with this principle of the universe as the origin... God, who knows that a peaceful family exists through the relationship between subject partner and object partner, and that a peaceful society, a peaceful country and a peaceful world would develop in the future, had no choice but to decide on the origin of true happiness, once and for all. There were just two alternatives; one road where the subject partner acts for the sake of the object partner and the other road where the object partner acts for the sake of the subject partner.

The fundamental principle and true origin of the universe starts from here. True love and the ideal can result only from existing for the sake of others. Furthermore, peace and happiness can exist only through action for the sake of others. Those who say, "Do things for me," cannot really exist. I would like you to remember the fact that God established existence for the sake of others as the fundamental starting point of the universe's creation.

(077-290, 1975.04.25)

Can a minister of an established Christian church love Rev. Moon more than he loves his congregation? If so, everything is bound to be attracted to them when they act for the sake of others. Why? When you act for the sake of others, there will be greater love, a greater ideal, greater happiness and greater peace. That is why people who are looking for the road of greater love try to find heaven by contributing their lives where they can do more for the sake of others. This is possible when one acts in accordance with this principle.

(077-300, 1975.04.25)

Having put the relationship of subject partner and object partner on an equal footing, God encountered a problem. God is the king of wisdom, the king of life, the king of the ideal and the king of peace. So, if such a being, who is the subject partner, makes a mistake in enacting the principle of heaven and earth, it would create a serious situation. Then, God, who is the king of wisdom, had to think about the problem of where to put the origin of love, the starting point of the ideal or the starting point of true happiness and true hope. Listen carefully. This is a matter we have to think about.

When we think about God Himself, He is the subject partner, so an object partner will stand in front of the subject partner. Thus, is God Himself going to stand in a place that serves the object partner or ask the object partner to serve Him since He is the subject partner? When there are two roads, one being the subject partner going toward the object partner and the other being the object partner going toward the subject partner, where should God put the origin of true love, peace, true happiness and true the true ideal? God had to consider this matter.

Where does the ideal start? It starts from God. Therefore, the ideal appears and true love, true happiness and true peace can be established only at the place of investment. This is what we already know well in our everyday lives. If God were to stand in a position of saying "Hey, object partner! You shall exist for me," there could never be unity. If all were to stand in such a position of asking their object partners to act for their sake, everything would split apart. Therefore, God, who is the king of wisdom, made the principle of acting for the sake of others the root of the ideal. I hope that you remember the fact that God had to set up the principle of subject partners existing for the sake of object partners.

In this way, true love can be found only in establishing the principle of existing for the origin of love and the ideal origin of the creation of the universe. Why? It is because God is a being of principles. We can find the true ideal only there. Why? It is because God is a being who lives for the sake of others. We can find happiness, peace and true love only there. Please remember the fact that this principle of existing for the sake of others becomes the origin of true love, true freedom, true happiness and the true ideal, as I have mentioned before.

(077-318, 1975.04.30)

If human beings had not fallen at the outset, they would have received God's tradition of living for others and developed this world into a world of peace and of heaven on earth. Instead, however, they walked a course of discovery centered on themselves, and this is what we call the fall.

(077-325, 1975.04.30)

If 110 percent is returned from your having done something that benefited a man to the tune of 100 percent, you'd return more than 110 percent to him and he'd reciprocate with more than that and so on. This is achieved only when people exist for the sake of one another. We have hitherto not known that the concept of eternity is established only in this way. The concept of eternity appears here. Therefore, things like love, peace, happiness or the ideal have to be eternal. As such, God, who is the king of wisdom, had to establish the principle of existing for the sake of others. Please remember this.

(077-328, 1975.04.30)

God is the king of wisdom. Not only that, He is the king of love, king of the ideal, king of peace, happiness and freedom. At some point, a problem arose after such a God had recognized His object partners, human beings, as having the same such value. Where in the world should He have put the origin of true love? Where was He to have put the foundation of the true ideal? And what about true happiness and true peace? I would like you to remember that such fundamental problems must be of concern to God Himself. This is the question that concerns you most as well.

Where did He put the ideal origin? Once you clearly grasp the origin, you can also receive love, happiness, peace and the ideal, just as God does. That matters. Why don't you speak of such things from now on?

The principle that one exists for the sake of others applies both in heaven and on earth. Where this works, the ideal dwells, true love appears and true happiness and true peace dwell. This is God's view of existence in the world of creation. Therefore, it would be impossible for beings to realize the ideal unless they follow such a principle. When you think that this is the secret and the formula of the creation of the universe, you should realize that this is a great discovery.

(078-111, 1975.05.06)

Which kinds of religions lead into true religion, a religion of love, the ideal religion, a religion of happiness and a religion of peace? You have also reached the conclusion that religions that exist for individuals, families, tribes, nations, countries, the world, heaven, earth and God are true religions, the ideal religions and the religions that lead all people to the place of peace and the place of happiness.

(078-117, 1975.05.06)

When you come to stand in the position where you exist absolutely for the sake of the standards of supreme love, the supreme ideal, supreme happiness, supreme peace and everything of God's that has been kept hidden, you can finally possess the love that has been kept hidden within the infinite God.

Therefore, one dislikes everything except possessing God's love. Right there, human conscience will finally say, "I shall now rest forever." It will take place within the realm of life itself. This is the utopian heaven that we desire. I would like you to believe that when this is realized on earth, we will call the world "heaven on earth."

Please understand that heaven on earth, a new future and hope on a higher level will appear only when people live for the sake of others. I sincerely hope that you will practice this principle and thus possess God's love, happiness, peace and the ideal that are on that high level.

(078-128, 1975.05.06)

If all the 240 million American people wanted love for themselves, 240 million quarrels would break out. However, if they were to think that they want to live loving all the other 239,999,999 people, a world of peace would be realized without fighting.

(105-080, 1979.09.23)

Men never return precisely the amount that they have received. For example, if someone has received ten parts of love, he would invest himself and return eleven, twelve or more parts. Therefore, we come to the conclusion that the person who loves rather than the person who receives love, becomes the master that can expand the conditions for peace in the world.

(039-236, 1971.01.15)

Those who get into debt never thrive. If there is a person in the family who likes to get into debt, the others will all push him out of the way. If there is a family member who lives in such a way that others are indebted to him or her even more than his or her parents are, the parents would feel like bequeathing everything of theirs to that child. That would be the way that the world operates. This means that wives should not be indebted to their husbands and husbands should not be indebted to their wives. We have to know that the world of eternal peace comes from the family where each member endeavors to live in a way in which others are indebted to him or her.

(085-237, 1976.03.03)

Don't become indebted through your eyes, your mouth, your hands, your heart or your face. If there is any way by which you can benefit your environment, try doing it twenty-four hours a day, day and night, thinking that it is your obligation no matter what becomes of your reputation. Then, your descendants will be such that they will be able to embrace the whole world and do still more. Also, after such people die, a garden of prosperity and peace, not a desolate garden of death, will bloom forth. Heaven comes into being from there, from the place in which you are not indebted.

(084-337, 1976.03.01)

Then, where does the unity of the world start? It is from the place of living more for others. What about the standard of peace? It starts from where you can drive the turning point of evil to the other side of the world. What is that? The world will become peaceful automatically once it goes beyond national boundaries with the thought of living for the sake of others when this is expanded to the worldwide and heavenly levels and finally has changed into the thought that can keep in touch with heavenly fortune. Simple, isn't it? It is simple once you think about it.

(126-335, 1983.05.01)

If living for the sake of others is something that can become the standard of peace for the world, would that be enough? Would living for the sake of others be all? At its center, there has to be the love of living for the sake of others. Without being centered on the love of living for the sake of others, it will be impossible to deal with the world.

(138-075, 1986.01.19)

What should the attitude be like of those who pursue what we call a world of peace, happiness and the ideal? They have to become those who can serve an ideal world. Those who can serve the universe and act for the sake of bigger things can develop a larger realm of object partners. I see that those with the heart of acting infinitely for the sake of others have the potential to expand the realm of possession toward the world of infinite object partners.

(138-077, 1986.01.19)

Where are we going to find a true person? I mean the kind of true person whom, beyond country, the world can protect; the kind of true person whom, beyond the world, the universe can protect and the kind of person whom God can trust as a true person, if God does indeed exist. If this is not possible, one cannot find the origin of peace.

(143-266, 1986.03.20)

World peace or the world of unity is not somewhere out there. It is within your body. You have to find the love through which your body can act for the sake of your mind, and your mind can act for the sake of your body. Intrinsic love will nestle inside you from there. Since men were born for women, they have to love women more than their own life. It's the same for women. That is the ideal world.

Only on the road of love that acts for the sake of others do we meet God, true men and true women. Also, it is where true families, true children, true parents, true tribes, true nations, true countries, the true world and a true heaven and son cannot but be realized. This is the principle of unity. This is the principle of peace. Without this, even so-called great men will all pass by.

(144-167, 1986.04.12)

Would the people of the world be united with America? No. They will all kick America. But if America sacrifices herself for the world, invests and invests again, unity will come automatically. It is simple. The question of world peace is simple. Which ideology would rule the world in the future? The ideology that acts for the sake of the whole will rule the world. Let's suppose that somebody is going to go to Germany. He will be opposed if he is going to ruin Germany. However, if he is going to be of some benefit to Germany, who would oppose him? America, too, is welcoming Rev. Moon, since they have found through their experience that he does not do damage to America.

(195-284, 1989.12.10)

What is a dictator? We call a man that requires people to act for the sake of only himself, a dictator. What is the antonym of "dictator"? We have nothing but "a pacifist," or "a man of sacrifice and service." In general, we say "pacifist." Well, what is a pacifist like? He is a man who does good to everyone. He is not a man who asks others to do good, but he himself tries to do good. This kind of person is close to what I earlier meant by a "good person."

(172-151, 1988.01.10)

The kingdom of peace and the kingdom of the ideal are realized when we act for the sake of others even under difficulty. When family members like the grandmother, mother, father, husband, son and daughter act for the sake of each other, the family will go to heaven. Where members of a family ask others to act for the sake of themselves, there cannot be harmony or accomplishments in that family. Rather, what needs to be developed is the situation in which each member is trying to act for the sake of others. This is the closest truth and an easy truth at the same time.

It is good to live for the sake of one's son or daughter. However, one has to live for the sake of the country before living for the sake of one's son or daughter. One has to act for the sake of the world, heaven, and the larger entity and follow the road of logical principle.

(171-087, 1987.12.06)

Good things never come into being where one asserts oneself absolutely. That is why dictators start with misfortune and end with misfortune. How many people have been sacrificed by dictators setting up their power-bases! Nobody likes someone who establishes himself by sacrificing others. A world of absolute peace or unity cannot be realized that way.

(063-102, 1972.10.08)

It is impossible to realize the world of peace, happiness and the ideal, as desired by God's will, through a philosophy of asking others to act for your sake. Only the philosophy of trying to act for the sake of others will do. It is because God is like that. God exists as such a subject partner, so God, who is the subject partner, will protect such a person. Accordingly, such a person can develop and be eternal, as is God.

(277-161, 1996.04.15)

Those who act for the sake of others become the people in positions of responsibility. Since Rev. Moon is investing and investing again to a greater degree for the sake of the world, the whole world is supporting him. The world is not asking people to act for the sake of themselves. If this were the case, there would be no grandfathers, parents, peace or money. Let's suppose that a husband and wife are quarreling. If the wife is such a person who acts for the sake of her husband and children, everybody will console her. If one is living for the sake of others, the object partner is clear. However, when one asks others to act for the sake of oneself, everything breaks apart. As husband and wife, do you want to fight or love each other? When you have the heart of living for the sake of others day and night, there will be freedom, even if you get into battles. However, when there is the reverse of living for the sake of others, this will demolish freedom, destroy everything and damage peace and love.

(276-242, 1996.02.24)

No matter how holy and wonderful a religion may be, Heaven will restrain it and try to get rid of it if it runs counter to the primary purpose and direction. However, when its value is in line with the primary purpose and direction of peace in society, and if heavenly fortune and God do exist, God will protect and nurture it.

Even with a great saint or a great president of a nation, the force of heavenly fortune and the force of the universe will restrain them if what they do runs counter to the direction of the country, the direction of their continent and the direction of the world. However, if they become the center of their nation and the world, they must move in the direction in which the entire continent can go and try to accomplish things centered on the movement of that continent and country. One's rise or fall depends on whether one is trying to achieve unity centered on oneself or centered on the entire world of peace.

(224-199, 1991.11.24)

One has to raise one's son and daughter like a prince and princess, and attend one's mother and father like a king and queen. Also, what do you call the grandmother of the king? One has to attend her better than one does the queen. This is the law of family in heaven. Can there be fighting there? The fundamental thought behind the family is to exist for the sake of others. If not, peace cannot come. Rev. Moon's teaching is eternal truth, and all the people here cannot help but be fully involved. So far, you have asked others to act for the sake of yourselves. What is it that you should change around, 180 degrees? Without my teaching it is impossible.

(218-261, 1991.08.19)

The white-clad folk [the Korean people, who traditionally wore white clothing] are not supposed to have the feeling that they are the best. Rather, they have to make a movement aimed at becoming one centered on all nations in Asia. When they think from the standpoint of peace or equality based on this enormous region called Asia where hundreds of million people are living, they have to invest their nation for the sake of Asia in order to stand in a position where everybody can live well together. Also, Asia has to invest herself for the sake of the world stage.

(213-070, 1991.01.14)

"Peace" is a word that comes from a relative concept, as does the word "happiness." One cannot be happy all by oneself. In this context, the entire universe will find happiness when I become a unified being. Our ideals, such as peace, will all start from the point where I become one.

(208-231, 1990.11.20)

You cannot have peaceful ties in the human world through human power alone. Why? Everyone wants to be better off. Everyone is trying to take advantage of others. Everyone is pursuing his own interest and wants to get good things centered on himself. How about those of you who have come here? All the people including national assemblymen, teachers and students alike are struggling for hegemony centered on themselves and making a fuss for their own interest. This has become the main thrust of life. Fighting will continue in a world where the environment is such that people center on themselves.

(200-078, 1990.02.24)

Did these eyes come into being for themselves? They came into being for their object partner. Did this mouth come into being for my sake? It came into being for the sake of its object partner. Did these ears come into being for my sake? They came into begin to listen. These hands did not come into being for me. They came into being to act for the sake of others. Peace exists from that point.

(200-253, 1990.02.25)

3.3 Philosophy of peace and love

As the source of the universe, which comes first, life or love? When we examine this matter, life cannot be first. God is the source of life. This being the case, on what foundation would God like to live? He would like to live on the foundation of peace. What can establish a foundation of peace? Is it life, or is it something else? It is not life. There is something that can recognize the common base in all things, transcending orderly stages and the rank or position of subject partner and object partner. What is it? It is true love.

(173-084, 1988.02.07)

What is the ideal core of the universe? It is love. It is the core of peace. Christianity talks about love and Buddhism talks about mercy. Confucianism speaks of benevolence, righteousness, propriety and wisdom. The word "benevolence" speaks of two people. Naturally, it means love. The Chinese character for "heaven" includes the characters for "two" and "person."

(164-153, 1987.05.10)

Where there is no love, there is no peace. Where there is no love, naturally there is no happiness. Where there is no love, there is no joy, as well. That explains why we say, "God is love." The center of the universe can be established only through love and no being can exist without a center. That is why it is natural to say that God is love and human beings are love.

(076-047, 1975.01.26)

People who live striving to see the object partner of love do not grow old. Only the power of love will transform the universe into a spring-like flower garden of love. Thus, the time is not that far away when we will strive for a peaceful world centered upon the universal and supranational God.

(086-330, 1976.04.18)

The being who is the core of love is God. Human beings must have a nature that corresponds to God's nature in order to become beings who resemble God. Accordingly, the human mind must possess the nature and character that reflect the core of God. Where does its essence originate? It is rooted in the essence of love. Peace stems from love. Happiness and joy also originate from love and not from money!

(035-057, 1970.10.03)

The ideal world is one in which God's original purpose of creation is realized. This ideal world must also resemble God. This is why human beings long for a harmonious, peaceful life where love is constantly present. It also why humans strive to improve the environment and ceaselessly create new things. Creation does not simply mean manufacturing something, but includes the entire creative process of formulating, planning, improving and finally producing a new creation.

We may say that human beings resemble God in terms of creative abilities, which can be seen in remarkable scientific developments. However, our creative abilities have not fully resembled God's unconditional love, and have consequently led to sadness, pain and misfortune. Since harmony is inherent in love, harmony cannot be found where there is no love. Likewise, where there is no harmony, there cannot be peace or happiness. As a result, history has been filled with misery and suffering.

(065-259, 1972.11.26)

There is no rank or position in love. Therefore, when you exist in the domain of love, you have the authority to possess the whole even though you may not yet stand at the center. There is no discrimination in the world of love. Being large or small or high or low is not a problem since the world has infinite peace, infinite equality and infinite value at all times. These qualities are linked together eternally in a give-and-take relationship for goodness. Therefore, there is nothing that is not united or harmonious in the world of love. So, we must find the place of the victorious leader who is centered on the love that is rooted in such standards. We have so far failed to find such a place; we must strive to do so.

(014-249, 1965.01.01)

This concept applies to the relationship of parents and children as well. Babies bite their mother's nipples when feeding. Can you mothers let this happen without love? You can't. You feel, naturally, profound happiness when your babies feel their parents' love, as you embrace them. Still more, when you feel that heaven and earth are all entering that state of peace, and things that are good for the general environment are budding around you, you forgive your biting babies and let them do so with a generous mind, no matter how hard they may bite into your breast. That is why parents can love their children infinitely.

(049-050, 1971.10.03)

Love naturally develops the more it works. This power of love is also a kind of power of nature, but it is a three-dimensional power and one of increasing action. This applies only, however, to human beings. It does not exist in animals. Because of this, we are the lords of all things. We can have a relationship with the universe and can dream of the kingdom of peace.

(039-334, 1971.01.16)

Peace does not emerge just because one person does well. The energy of men and women have to combine, revolve around each other, and rush toward the center. That rushing toward the center is the power of love. When an object partner appears, the heart that desires to love emerges within the being.

(019-305, 1968.03.10)

Nobody wants a unity that is centered on a temporary purpose. People want unity to last forever. Then, what is the factor by which people can be united eternally? It is love. Love is the foundation for making unity. It is the basis of happiness that can be pursued forever. Without love, there is no happiness. Without love, there is no peace. Without love, contradictions arise. When love is complete, everything becomes harmonized.

(050-113, 1971.11.06)

God is the same. If God loves human beings, it is natural that He would not want to love them from a lonely and painful place. We can conclude that God would find a road of love at the place of freedom and peace where all things in the universe can praise the love and glory of God.

If there is someone whom God can love, He would like to love the person in a free environment and in the original place of a peaceful heaven. What kind of love would He like? It would be the supreme love. Wouldn't God and humans desire the supreme love to which heaven and earth can bow in respect?

(051-315, 1971.12.05)

Even though you may occupy a part of God's love, you would have to give precedence to the person who can command all of God's love. Can you talk about peace, happiness or the ideal without mentioning love? Needless to say, the supreme place that God desires and we can reach is the place of love.

(053-108, 1972.02.11)

What is the standard of the common denominator? If someone said, "Let's establish it with God's authority!" and people followed it, equal rights would still be lacking in such a place. One may, of course, force others to follow such a standard and the people may even say, "Yes." However, you would not find the reciprocity or equality there. In short, the factor that can generate the ideal of mutual peace is love and nothing else.

(083-157, 1976.02.08)

The knottiest problem in the free world today is the order of love. Love that lacks an understanding of the process of history, a view of the future and the proper direction cannot become the source of freedom, unity and peace.

For example, two people love each other today, but become divided tomorrow. How can there be peace, unity or freedom in such love? Is there freedom there? Is there happiness? Is there peace? Is there unity? Just the opposites are present. Such love would bring about nothing but destruction. and is unforgivable. You have to be aware that this type of love is the strategic weapon of Satan. He twists the original ideal of love in the opposite direction to destroy humanity and the ideal of humanity. We have to know that it is the strategic method of the enemy who takes the real peace, the real freedom and the real unity away from us.

Seen through this view of history, we can deduce that America will also go to ruin if she does not correct such situations and repent. She is certain to fall. If the correct order of love is not established in America, there cannot be freedom, peace or the possibility of unity. We have to be aware of the fact that confusion, destruction and darkness are enveloping us.

(104-140, 1979.04.29)

Countless people living on this earth are vaguely hoping for the ideal world to come. What is that ideal world like? People say, "It is a place where freedom and peace exist, so humanity can live together." Look, this is just a vague concept. However, it is not ambiguous in our Unification Church. We present specific content. People say they desire a world of peace, freedom and unity. However, which one comes first and which one is last? Some say that it's freedom and some say that it's peace. Some say, "How can there be unity when there is no peace?" and others say, "Without freedom, there cannot be unity. Without freedom, there cannot be peace, either." I mean, they are all fine ideas. However, what the Unification Church suggests is the content that includes these ideas, but emphasizes that the first source is none other than love. We suggest that the noun called love becomes the center. Freedom that is centered on this love holds true in any place and is warmly welcomed everywhere. Moreover, the peace that is centered on love is welcomed wherever it may go. Unity that is centered on love also receives a warm welcome at all times.

Without this, one cannot establish an order. The concept of freedom is different in the democratic world and communist world. Their views of peace and unity are also different. Needless to say, however, even though the content might be different, they can be harmonized and appear in one form when love is brought in. Why is this so? What people in the communist world demand is love and what people in the democratic world demand is love as well. It cannot be intrinsically different. What kind of love is that love? It is love, which can connect cause and effect. It means that its nature does not change at all.

(104-139, 1979.04.29)

You have to know why love is precious. In true love, we find collective responsibility and collective relationships. Bringing the world into unity cannot be done with great power or great knowledge. It can only be done with love. World peace is realized in the place people are willing to fulfill their entire responsibility even at the cost of sacrificing themselves. What is united through force will divide when the force no longer exists. However, what has been united through sacrificial love does not break up even when there is no force.

(097-162, 1978.03.12)

Love in the satanic world is a love that violates, destroys and ignores everything. However, love in the world of heaven is a constructive love, an ideal and peaceful love in which every life moves actively. It's a reality quite opposite to the reality in the present world. Also, love in the satanic world is momentary. While to the contrary, God's love is an eternal love. When a movement occurs in which these two trends of thought collide and cross each other throughout the world, then one would be the world of hell on earth and the other would be the world of the ideal in heaven.

(091-199, 1977.02.13)

As long as you fail to establish the order of love, problems will become serious. No matter how strong, powerful and competent one may be one will become a hopeless person when hit by a problem in terms of love. When love is disorderly, there can be no true peace and true happy families.

(118-295, 1982.06.20)

The foundation of peace cannot be formed unless people are touched and submit tamely in front of love. That's why good always seems to be hit and yet has progressed. The strategy of heaven is to be hit and then receive what rightfully belongs to it. We know that the course of restoration has been a path of blood, sweat and tears through which the side of goodness for God has developed. It is the formula.

(114-093, 1981.05.17)

True equality, true happiness and true freedom won't exist without love. Freedom exists only when there are equality and peace. One can never be free by oneself but has to find freedom in the relationship of subject partner and object partner. However, no matter how joyfully the subject partner and object partner may dance, taking pride in their freedom, it cannot be true freedom and happiness while they are existing in an evil, selfish realm. It is freedom that will fall and be destroyed.

Within the absolute authority that can guarantee freedom, there is a peaceful and happy freedom. When it cannot be guaranteed, there is no freedom. For example, when you have loving parents and supportive brothers and sisters, they will protect you from the harsh environment. This can become a type of eternal freedom. However, your freedom cannot be guaranteed in an environment when you are surrounded by enemies. In the end, the environment affects one's freedom.

We have known that God is the only subject partner who is eternal and unchanging. Equality, peace, happiness and eternal freedom exist within Him. No peace or freedom can be guaranteed in a world that has no love. This is because the spirit itself is changeable.

(065-290, 1973.02)

Only the unification of thoughts centered on shimjung [heart], which is a unique noun in the Unification Church, can establish the heaven of peace and the kingdom of peace. In other words, it can complete the utopian heaven on earth that humanity has always desired.

(109-133, 1980.11.01)

Toward where are we moving? We are moving toward the ideal world. We are also moving to a world of peace and a world of unity. What are words like unity, peace or the ideal all about? They mean one world. What is the center of that one world? Love has to be at the center of all of these words. Is the communist world a world of peace? Is the democratic world a world of peace? No matter how well an organization is united, it cannot be a world of true unity unless there is love. There has to be love.

(124-025, 1983.01.16)

Once you inherit the great accomplishments of the creation, you come to have the authority of true love. By inheriting the great accomplishments of the creation, you obtain the authority to inherit God's true love. With true love, there is nothing you cannot do. You can even love your enemy. The power of true love does not involve fighting or compelling others by force, but brings others to natural submission. This power is stronger than any other power. There is no ideal standard or standard of peace higher than the concept of true love.

To what do ostensibly modest women completely succumb? It is nothing other than true men and true love. There is nothing impossible in true love. Everybody welcomes it.

(124-094, 1983.01.30)

How are you going to assure equal rights? By force? Externally? Emotionally? Through love, women can be equal to men. Through love, a mother can be equal to her son even though the son may be the president of a country. We have to know the fact that where there is love, everything can be equal. In that sense, we have to understand that the central core of equality lies in men and women who hope for a family of peace centered on true love.

When men go home, they say, "I'm going to the house of my beloved wife. I'm going to the bosom of my beloved wife." The wife also says, "My beloved husband, come to my bosom." That is peace and that is equality. They become one right here. Husbands want to return to their wives' bosom and wives want their husbands to come to their bosom and be one. Here, nothing is low or high. They are indeed experiencing equality. Can there be equality at any other place?

We have to understand that the equal rights of men and women are only formed in a peaceful family.

(129-049, 1983.10.01)

Historically, humanity has desired for peace, but wars still continue to exist in the world. Unfortunately, powerful countries or men of power have often misused the word "peace." While saying such and such about peace, they have actually caused people to worry and experience something that is not peace. In particular, communists have used the word "peace" as if it were their favorite word, while making it their business to provoke war. This way, the word "peace" has been used in many cases just as a means of realizing injustice.

True peace does not depend on external conditions such as knowledge, wealth, social position or political power. There is not an absolute standard in the world by which one can impartially judge matters of worldwide concern and interest, so it is impossible to maintain true peace in the changing world. True peace can be established only upon the foundation of true love, and we can experience the relationship of love only when we understand the God-centered absolute value that ties humanity together.

(130-010, 1983.12.18)

The freedom that asserts itself with true love as its center is eternal freedom. Peace that is started with that true love as its center is eternal peace, and such happiness is also eternal happiness. We can also draw the conclusion that when the whole is united centered on true love, it becomes eternal unity. Then, the eternal peace will be connected to the eternal society and the world.

(130-146, 1984.01.08)

When black and white are together in God's embrace, they will be united together of their own will. They will assimilate with each other. How peaceful and happy such people, countries and families would be? Why? It is because everybody and everything would then resemble God. Everybody wants to live in love with people of the world. People want to live with true love. This is the correct path, which nobody can change. It is eternal. No matter how difficult that path may be, people choose it. This is the only path of peace and the path that reaches heaven. There is no other path, just this one!

(149-306, 1986.12.14)

"Poetic sentiment is seen in the face of a smiling grandfather." "Poetic sentiment is seen in the face of a crying grandfather." Which one is correct? The country of peace is developed on the path where laughter exists. However, the day laughter does not exist, the heaven of peace will change into hell. In other words, when we follow the right path of love, heaven will come into being both in heaven and on earth.

(139-027, 1986.01.26)

Religion strives for things that pertain to the world. With humankind as its focus, religion tries to create the framework of peace. Therefore, religions head toward world peace. However, world peace is not the kind of peace centered only on human beings. God has to be able to feel joy there. This is where the standard of peace that God desires matches the standard of peace that human beings desire. The important issue is what the two are going to be centered upon in order to agree with each other.

If human beings had created the culture of love and a worldview of love based on love as its foundation, then "bloody liberation" - as communism argues for - would not exist. Democracies center only on people and are all unrighteous.

While it is difficult to distinguish the front from the rear in a spherical shape, its center is evident. A spherical shape is round, but its center is certain. Every action has to pass through this center. What kind of center is this? It has to be the center of absolute love. So, I see that the origin of peace, the origin of happiness and the origin of the perfection of the whole lie here.

(139-061, 1986.01.26)

What is it that people need most? People also demand what God needs most. Therefore, one cannot find the standard of perfect happiness as long as humankind fails to complete its task. How can there be happiness when you eliminate love? Can there be peace without love? Can you find happiness when you are exploited and your mind and body are separated? Can people feel happy with each other if there is no power that can pull them up to the place of equality? No matter who you are or where you are, you will receive the privilege by which you can be endowed with equal value when you have formed your realm of object partner with perfect love. Therefore, when you come to form a equal bond with God's love, all that God possesses will become yours. This is an amazing fact.

(141-108, 1986.02.19)

Why is love necessary? We cannot enter heaven unless we welcome God's love and have a relationship with it. Love is precious, so in order to establish love, we have to love others by living for their sake. The principle of creation is part of God. The love of living for the sake of others therefore gives and forgets, and gives and forgets again. We have to become a couple who can do so, a country that can do so, and individuals who can live for the sake of each other. Only love in which people of the past, present and the future can live for the sake of each other, centered on God, can lead this world into peace.

(143-283, 1986.03.20)

What would people want to do by loving? That women and men alike can receive the right of inheritance through receiving God's love is a surprising fact. That's your wish, isn't it? To become the master of heaven and earth. Rev. Moon has gone through a miserable course, but he knew this fact. The people said to Rev. Moon, "Don't receive God's love." Now the day has come when they say, "Please receive God's love and the right of inheritance of the universe." If all nations would sing such songs of praise, then the world would become a peaceful world.

(143-066, 1986.03.15)

Would the road true love follows be a road along which you go as you please or a road you follow according to a certain unchanging law? Would the road have been made casually or would it have a certain order, direction and purpose? Surely, it would have a direction that includes the past, present and future. Therefore, one purpose - joy and peace - has to be realized where there is true love.

(161-293, 1987.03.01)

When human love has found its center, the world of peace will start and all things will be in harmony centered on love. What would have become of Adam and Eve if they had centered on God's love? God's love would have entered the hearts of Adam and Eve and that husband and wife would have inherited the blood lineage of God by realizing love centered on God's own love. Pastors of established churches still think that God is holy and we, His creatures, are evil. They say so because they are ignorant of this teaching.

Love is not something someone can have alone. Even God cannot experience love all by Himself. Even though a grandfather has earned the Nobel Prize and might have hundreds of doctorates, there is no peace in him if he is alone. He has no joy. He would feel happiness when he held his small grandson to his bosom. Men and women are born because of love. Then, why would they marry? They would marry to find God's love. The day they found God's love they would stand in a position equal to God's.

(164-149, 1987.05.10)

Men have desire, so they think what is the greatest hope and which way is the best to fulfill that. In the end, they come to realize that everyone has the equal right by which they can make the universe their own. Knowing that they have to occupy God's one and only love, they challenge to do so, even giving up the world. The day you occupy God's love, peace and happiness will come automatically.

(160-236, 1969.05.17)

Without love we cannot build peace. In love there are no walls. Even the absolute God will demand absolute peace and absolute happiness. Then, what can bring them? Is it money? We can make as much money as we need. Would it be knowledge? God is the king of knowledge. Power? God is omniscient and omnipotent. Then, what would it be? It is love, true love. Even the absolute God attends love absolutely.

(196-319, 1990.01.12)

Something that one person might think is best may not be the best in the eyes of another. One may consider the worst thing to be the best when one is centered on oneself. However, what is the one common thing that everyone would like? People, of course, like eating, wearing nice clothes and buying things. However, such things are always two-dimensional and not something eternal. They cannot help maintain the nature of your eternal life. Therefore, for human beings themselves to exist forever, men inevitably need women, and women need men. Besides, if they don't prepare a basis for peace through relationships centered on a framework called love, there can be no true family, nation or world either.

(193-133, 1989.10.03)

In the philosophy of love, there is no sound of two people fighting. The sound of love turns life into peace, unity, harmony and ideal love. When love is ruled out, the concept of eternal life is meaningless. One can achieve unity only in love. The ideal, eternal realm starts from the unification of love. Only then would one say, "I want to live with you forever."

(191-220, 1989.06.25)

The Last Days are the age of parents. The age of brothers (Cain and Abel) is the age in which people fight one another. There has been a history of conflict, but when the age changes to that of parents, the quarrels will end. The age of parents will come, so children who are in a family that attends the parents cannot fight. The day you are fully aware of such love, you cannot possibly find anyone to fight with. The world of peace comes from there.

When a boy sits on his grandfather's lap, does the grandfather feel bad or good to see his grandson? In the place where love is shared, love is the master of you and me. You can't be happier than being ruled forever by true love. While being ruled by love you find yourselves spinning around, and you exclaim, "Oh, I thought that I was down, but I'm now up. Oh my, I am now in the east! Now west!" Nobody would object to this.

(191-063, 1989.06.24)

Everyone wants a world of unity and every country wants a world of peace. Gold cannot be the central focus of peace. If it were, it would cause fighting. You have seen cowboy movies, right? In the final scene, partners who had been searching for gold, face off and shoot at each other in a duel that could cost them their lives. At the end of the movie, they are both corpses floating down the river to become the prey of vultures. How would you attain unity, and after attaining unity, how would you protect it? There are not usually any protective measures. When you make unity through true love, however, you can protect it forever. People would never leave that realm no matter how hard they may be pushed.

(190-125, 1989.06.18)

You are all individual embodiments of truth, aren't you? Love is the public truth incarnation. The ideal is nothing when love is excluded. Unity, peace and freedom are all empty when love is removed. What is the freedom of wife and husband? It is to strip themselves bare. Stripping oneself bare is liberation, isn't it? When husband and wife occupy each other's most secret place, that is freedom, isn't it? Without love, would that be possible? The fundamental realm of freedom's liberation is love.

(179-101, 1988.07.22)

Love is the origin of all life in the universe, the origin of ideal management, the origin of every alliance, the origin of everything. Without love, we would not have such things as happiness or peace.

(183-196, 1988.11.01)

If true love were perfected in the human world, what problems could arise politically, culturally or environmentally? In the world of true love, there is no insurmountable problem. The world of true love is the world of freedom, peace and happiness replete with laughter and dreams - a world in which joy and happiness are infinitely and eternally disseminated through the right of the same position, participation and inheritance that comes through true love. The complex problems that beset humankind today can be fundamentally solved only through the perfection of true love.

(294-065, 1998.06.11)

Everybody likes unity and peace. However, one cannot achieve unity with money. Then, what is the power which can unite the five sensory organs and all the body's cells and make them go in one direction? The power of true love is the only such force. Only true love can make unity and peace.

(288-084, 1997.11.16)

When love is removed, the ideal of one body will break apart and all thoughts of equality will fall to pieces. When we say that heaven and earth are in harmony and peace, doesn't that mean that everything is in harmony with nothing left out? Then, what will everything be harmonized by? Nothing will be done without love.

(209-029, 1990.11.25)

Although God may lay down His own theory of the ideal, He cannot develop a relational theory of the ideal. God cannot discover the theoretical basis for peace on His own. Here, God has to engraft a relational theory. What, then, is that? It is love. He wanted His object partner of creation to be better than Himself. This is an amazing fact.

(229-319, 1992.04.13)

The standards of peace and unity are not found somewhere else. What is the use of the unification of North and South Korea and the unification of the world if your mind and body are fighting? The standard of peace and the unification of North and South begin from the point where the fight between your body and mind ends. What are we going to use to stop this fight? It cannot be done with the might of nations or the influence of money. Knowledge won't do it. Power can't do it, either. Only true love! True love makes everything into one. True love is that which lives for the sake of others. One has to invest more than one's life.

(219-066, 1991.08.25)

Where do women try to find utopia and absolute peace? Where are men going to find their utopia? The question of where to find men's happiness, men's peace and men's joy is an important one.

Women's utopia cannot exist if men are excluded. Women's happiness and peace cannot exist apart from men. It is because there is love between women and men. Nothing will happen without love. No matter how wonderful a man or a woman may be, he or she must have an object partner. Everything is decided centered on that thing called love. A woman understands love by meeting a man and a man finds love by meeting a woman. Love is the source of utopia and the foundation of happiness and peace.

We think that God has absolute peace and absolute happiness since God, who is the absolute being, has absolute love. If He were a changeable God, could He be the base for absolute happiness and the ideal of love? If God were changeable, could the unchanging dwell in Him? Unchanging peace? Unchanging joy? God Himself is an absolute and unchanging standard. He is the one center. Unchanging love, unchanging peace, unchanging happiness and unchanging joy are connected together from there. This is an important conclusion. This is undeniable. This is a formula and standard.

(205-202, 1990.09.02)

The thing that can represent the great principles of nature is love. It is love that becomes the center of the universe. Wouldn't even the Absolute God feel like obeying and attending it completely? If God is an Absolute God, He has to become a king there as well. We cannot deny this logic. Since God is in an absolute place, omniscient and omnipotent, He has to be a great king not only in asking others to serve Him but also in attending others as well. If He denied such logic, He would be an absolute dictator. If so, there would be no peace and there would be no good base of logic. There would be no conclusion except that God is a despotic being. The conclusion of harmony, the conclusion of compromise and the conclusion of freedom would all disappear.

(204-029, 1990.06.29)

3.4 Absolute values and peace

Through the revolution of human consciousness, human beings have to be led to use their research results for the sake of the peaceful co-existence of all humankind in a highly creative and productive manner. Human ideals can be realized only when they harmonize individual purpose and overall purpose perfectly.

People need to understand how central absolute values are to the universe in order to make their lives meaningful. With all humankind firmly establishing a new world order by which all are brothers and sisters and live as one human family transcending nation and tribe, we can enjoy the ideal world of true peace and happiness.

(081-091, 1975.11.28)

As you are no doubt already aware, the more chaotic the world becomes, the more mankind thirsts for peace. Then how can peace be achieved? In today's world, orderliness has been destroyed. Therefore, to establish peace means to restore that order. To restore order, subject and object partners must find their positions and establish mutual, unified relations.

(110-249, 1980.11.27)

Men desire peace not only on the world level, but also on the level of nations, societies and families as well. Even individuals yearn for peace between their minds and bodies. Of these various levels of peace, which should be established first? It is easy to think that if world peace were achieved first, then on that basis the peace of nations, societies, families and eventually individuals would also follow. But this is a wrong viewpoint.

Actually, the reverse of the sequence is necessary to establish peace. Individual peace must come first. Then familial peace can soon follow, and only on that foundation can we hope for the peace of societies, nations and the world. This is because individuals are the basic units of families and families are the basic units of societies and nations.

Frequently, leaders believe that through outstanding organization and superior thought they could restore both the social order and world peace. In reality, however, mankind can never find peace through these two means alone. International organizations such as the United Nations and thought systems such as communism and democracy have all tried to realize world peace in their own ways, but peace is still far from our grasp, and the world experiences more confusion with each passing day.

(110-249, 1980.11.27)

Unless the quest for peace starts from the peace of an individual, it is bound to fail again and again. Then how can an individual achieve peace? Only by having absolute love and practicing it. Love is the precondition for all unity; this means that unity can be established on the basis of love, and then peace on the basis of unity.

Through relative love, unity can never be achieved; only through absolute love does unity become possible. The mind and body of an individual can come into unity only through absolute love. Then one experiences such emotions as calmness, joy, satisfaction and a sense of worth. Only from such an individual can one draw a standard for peace.

When the parents and children, husband and wife, and brothers and sister of a family all practice absolute love from their respective positions, the unity of that family will radiate in happiness and harmony and, above all, peace.

Accordingly, the society formed by such families of peace will be a society of peace. If the families within a society become harmonious and help each other, the society will surely shine with peace, because order and unity will reign. The nation formed by such societies of peace will also become a nation of peace.

Moreover, a nation is not merely an assembly of many societies; it is an organic unit comprised of and based on individuals and families of love. Within it, perfect order and unity must be established, and then the true peace of the nation can result.

To express it in other words, even a nation needs God's love in order to establish and maintain peace. Even though the families, which are the basis of the nation, may be centered on absolute love, the nation as an organic body must be able to practice absolute love on the national level. Internally, the government and the people of the nation should attain unity; and externally, the nation should unify with neighboring nations, thereby creating true peace.

Needless to say, the peace of the word develops only on the foundation of the peace of all nations. When each nation ceases to place all its emphasis on trade and other ways of securing its so-called national interests, when each nation begins to serve other nations and the world with absolute love, and when each nation consistently maintains such an international atmosphere, the eternal peace of humankind will be secured.

(110-250, 1980.11.27)

Thus, it becomes apparent that world peace begins with individual peace and expands through families, societies and nations to ultimately become world peace. At this point, I would like to clarify absolute love and absolute values. On the foundation of love, the values of truth, goodness and beauty emerge. For example, when love is practiced, it appears as goodness. Therefore, it follows that the practice of absolute love, which is God's love, results in absolute goodness.

The actions of an individual practicing absolute love for the sake of peace constitute goodness. Likewise, the actions of a family practicing love for the sake of peace are also goodness. The same is true for societies, nations and the world. In other words, in order to make true peace a reality, the individual, family, society, nation and world must all manifest the absolute values: absolute truth, absolute goodness and absolute beauty. The practice of absolute goodness is most urgent, for it assures that no element of evil can intervene and destroy order.

Since the spiritual values of truth, goodness and beauty develop on the basis of love, without knowledge of absolute love, which is God's love, absolute truth, absolute goodness and absolute beauty can never result. And without these absolute values, there can never be true peace. Thus, for the true peace of mankind to be established, absolute love must be practiced. But before it can be practiced, it must first be understood.

(110-252, 1980.11.27)

Absolute love is that which acts for the benefit of others, serves others and remains unchanging and eternal. Then, why does absolute love serve the whole and remain unchanging? And why can peace be realized only through love?

These questions require answers. But in order to answer them completely, we must clarify fully the absolute being and his motive and purpose for creating the universe and mankind. In particular, the motive and purpose for creation serve as the indispensable standards for the practice of love and the establishment of peace. Before any plans can be placed in action, a definite purpose must first exist: any action without purpose is meaningless.

If man was created by the absolute being and meant to practice the absolute being's love, then it is certain that there is a motive and purpose for the creation of man. In order to clarify that motive and purpose, we need an explanation of the absolute being, that is, a correct concept of God. By establishing the correct concept of God, we can discover His motive and purpose of creation and, accordingly, the reason why His love must be practiced in order to realize peace.

Thus, I submit that for the true peace of mankind to be realized, it is necessary to understand the absolute being correctly, practice His love and, finally, realize His absolute values.

(110-253, 1980.11.27)

3.5 Good, Evil and Peace

The universe protects and nurtures good things. Freedom, liberation and peace are nestling there. Since sincere effort is there as well we have to know that there is a power that draws you in.

(016-132, 1966.01.02)

Goodness is something the universe protects and raises. It exists along with life and authority. There is nothing in the heaven and earth that can destroy it. When you become good, you are not afraid of anyone, even the president of a nation. No matter what kind of laws may be applied, it doesn't affect you. That's why laws of the world are unable to reach the standard of the conscience. In other words, worldly laws cannot intrude upon the authority of goodness.

(016-134, 1966.01.02)

What is the way? It is mind and body acting in concert with each other. What is goodness? It is respond to our neighbors. Peace and equality are the common goal all people aspire to achieve. What is the world going to start with? It must start from the right path of life and truth that correspond with each other. So, what is the new truth? Heaven and earth are in reciprocal relationship, up and down, above and below, front and back, left and right. The new truth that has a view of the world, a view of life and a view of living that allows it to correspond with any beings would be the absolute truth that can remain in the Last Days of the world. History began not with reciprocity, but from conflict. The curtain will come down on this sad history.

(017-120, 1966.12.11)

Evil will be stopped. What would happen if it is stopped? It would have to disappear. There are uneasiness and fear in evil, unlike in peace. There is the influence of death, rather than of life.

(016-135, 1966.01.02)

The standard of goodness is God who is the center of love. That humankind today is struggling to free itself from the reality of pain and confusion, while yearning for freedom and peace, shows that the original heart of humanity is looking for the standard of good and the center of love. Finding the center of love and thus realizing the world of eternal happiness on earth is the desire and direction common to a whole nation.

(065-260, 1972.11.26)

Even though so many people are hoping for good, the world is still an evil world. To make this evil world into the world of goodness is a serious problem that humanity must solve together in the present time. Peace cannot come until this is solved. We cannot deny that until we get rid of evil we cannot build a new heaven and a world based on a new ideology.

(016-105, 1966.01.02)

3.6 Freedom and peace

Today, humanity is yearning for peace. As individuals, we long for freedom. We want to live in a free society, a free nation and a peaceful world. Without freedom and peace of mind, there can be no true happiness. The one who walks the true path of life hopes to find true freedom, peace and happiness.

Today, we would all agree that we are not living in a peaceful world. Though humankind cries out for freedom, such a world of peace does not exist as yet. For this reason, we must concede that we have not, in principle, attained the true state of happiness that we yearn for.

We often feel the mind's desire for freedom, peace and happiness pushing and prodding us to strive for something higher in our lives.


America shouted about freedom but has declined. There is a principle to freedom. We cannot bring peace as individuals. Can we create our own personal freedom by isolating ourselves from others? No. Only by living for the sake of others can we find true freedom and the freedom that the universe desires.

(187-096, 1989.01.06)

You speak of freedom, peace and happiness. What is freedom? What is the freedom that people generally speak of today? Some may say, "To do as I please is freedom," but how far would that go? Men in general do not live longer than a hundred years. Will they be free until they reach one hundred years of age? If there is no law and there is freedom to do as one pleases, where will that lead?

From this perspective, everything will go in search of that which has good origins, seeking out places of freedom and looking for happiness. It is not a road on which freedom, happiness or peace all travel separately. They have to go together.

There has to be freedom in the midst of peace. What if there were peace in the midst of freedom? Think about it. Peace in the midst of freedom cannot exist. Peace means two entities harmonizing with each other, and it can only be possible when they yield to each other. Do greedy people feel like giving and yielding? What is to be done with such elements of character? That is why the time has come when we have to understand the rules of freedom.

(182-111, 1988.10.16)

There cannot be freedom unless we stand on a unified foundation. Let's suppose that you envision the possibility of freedom in front of you. Can you say that you are happy with that freedom when your mind and body are fighting each other? Can freedom come into being there? Not at all. So, where is peace? Peace refers to the state in which we have all things in abundance with nothing lacking. Then, is there a place for peace when your mind and body are in conflict? It is the same with happiness. Can you find happiness when your mind and body are in conflict? It is simply impossible.

When we see these fundamental problems, we have to understand that we can only have freedom when our mind and body are united in oneness. Only at the point where mind and body become one does the foundation of peace come into being. Also, only where mind and body unite does happiness come about. The dream of peace in the world and peace in the family can only begin when the husband's mind and the wife's mind and the husband's body and the wife's body become one.

If a pastor and a church elder hold a church service while at odds with each other, can there be peace in their church? God's spirit never appears in such a place. Clearly, such a place has already become a den of the devil, securely snared in the devil's net.

(232-189, 1992.07.06)

As long as we remain preoccupied with Satan's world, there is no freedom. There is no peace. There is no happiness. There is no hope. There is no eternal life. One has to restore these things through indemnity. Freedom comes into being by restoring the rights of things, of people and of love. That is, body and mind have to be one. We must restore human rights. There is freedom only when mind and body are unite as one.

If there is no freedom, there is no peace. We have to restore every freedom that currently exists in Satan's world and bring it over to heaven's side. Only then, can there be happiness, dreams and eternal life. The ideal of freedom, the ideal of peace, the ideal of happiness and the world of eternal life will come about only when we enter the original place in which we engraft the rights of things, people and love in front of heaven.

(229-355, 1992.04.13)

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