March 11, 2007
At a state where you do not fully understand things of the world, it will be challenging to grasp how the information you receive here serves as a solid foundation for your precious life. I explain that everything in the world is predetermined. Predetermined things are created by problems. This time is to help you serve your own life by finding out how something that exists in the world is created.
What I learned newly during my last trip to the United States was that modern education and social understanding are ahead of ours when it comes to technology and culture created by humans. However, I would like to tell you once again that the level of learning about the truth about what exists in the world is far superior to that of any other educational institution in the world.
A few days ago, people came to this office. They were intellectuals who had been active in past societies. They engaged in passionate discussions about human rights issues in Korea. Frustrated by listening to the debate, I eventually spoke up and said the following.
"In the world, everything is predetermined, and within these predetermined things, there is an order. If this order is reversed, it may sound appealing to the ears, but the practical consequences are detrimental."
What is the difference between good and evil? As I have mentioned to you in the past, a good person is someone who does not lie to others and does not engage in actions that harm others. On the other hand, a bad person is someone who, despite uttering all kinds of words as if they were pouring honey, lies to others and causes harm to them through those lies. You need to be well aware of these facts. It may sound like something even a 3-year-old child knows, but if you were to ask elderly individuals in their 80s about the difference between a good person and a bad person, you would find that there are absolutely no individuals who can answer that question correctly.
I met a scientist during my trip to the United States. He mentioned that he had visited Korea several times at the invitation of the Korean government. To gauge the level of his academic studies, I asked him a few simple questions.
"The purpose of education is to create good people. Can you answer how you can cultivate a good person through education? If a child says, 'Even the teachers at school and my parents tell me to be a good person, but I'm not sure how I can become a good person,' and asks me about the ways to become one. I explained the method to the child. Can you articulate what that method is?"
The professor said he had two sons and didn't know how to turn them into good people.
Although modern education has reached a significant level in terms of physical and chemical testing using materials, the level remains almost zero for things that cannot be tested.
What is the purpose of your life? Purpose means what you want to achieve through your life. However, for most people living in this era, the sense of the purpose of life has changed. They have become fixated on how to easily earn a lot of money, forgetting the true essence of life's purpose.
I was supposed to meet with a scholar at Princeton University, but when I arrived at his office at the appointed time, he had gone missing, leaving a note on the door canceling the meeting. As I was resting in the lounge because I was exhausted, I met a student from California who was majoring in business administration. When I asked him what he knew after going to college and learning business administration, he answered that he didn't know. I asked why he would choose to learn something even if he couldn't come to understand it through the university education, to which he explained that the university only accepts 1,800 students each year, making admission highly competitive with around 20,000 applicants.
When I asked him what the purpose of attending college was, he said it was to marry a decent woman and get a good job. It means that a university degree, like a signboard, is necessary for marriage and employment. This conversation has been recorded. I asked him how much he was paying in tuition to get that signboard, and he said $43,000 a year. This is too much money to pay just to get a signboard. After hearing those words, I looked at the sky and sighed. Students are paying such an amount of money that someone like me could live on for the rest of my life so that they can study at a famous university in the U.S., get married, and get a good job easily. I lamented that this is how the world works these days.
While traveling in the United States, I wanted to check whether American universities were teaching the knowledge to create a good society and good people for human life, and what kind of research American society was doing. I tried for 40 days to find out, but I confirmed that no organization or university was even interested in this field.
I always tell you that things like truth, love, happiness, etc. exist only in words, and there are no actual teachings about them anywhere in the world. I said this to the people who visited here last time.
“To build a strong house, the first priority is to strengthen the pillars. The pillars must be strong so they can withstand the load of the house. Human rights can only exist if the existence of justice comes first. No matter how much we cry for human rights to be guaranteed, it is of no use.
When I meet philosophers, I ask them what philosophy is. I heard that in the United States, there is a philosophy-related association founded by a certain president and that there are active philosophy-related activities, but no one at the philosophy association center wanted to meet me.
I heard that there are philosophers in America, so I tried to meet them, but I couldn't meet a true philosopher. At a university where tuition was $43,000 per year, there was no one who knew the meaning of philosophy, which is the most basic and most important thing to know. I was very shocked by that fact. There are quite a few people who studied abroad, received a doctoral degree there, and returned to Korea to become university professors. Almost all of them are scams. They pay a lot of tuition and receive training. They have been trained to pretend to know something even though they don't know it. They submit their thesis and receive a degree from it. But if that degree was earned as a result of truly knowing something, does it make sense to not know philosophy in college?
A professor of philosophy at New York University seemed to understand me to some extent and said this.
“Universities are generally called the Hall of Truth, but the Hall of Truth refers to an institution that studies existing things. In other words, philosophy means studying things to know what exists.”
Philosophy is study. It is said that philosophy is the pursuit of knowledge, the exploration to understand something. Since universities are research institutions, aren't they organizations that inquire about existing matters? University is a place to learn philosophy. However, if professors or students at universities do not know what philosophy is, where should we go to ask about philosophy? I couldn't help but be surprised by the fact that although a university is an institution that studies existing things, no one knows what the most basic thing, philosophy, is.
Good words exist in Korean society. In church, there is the word love, in temples there is the word compassion, and in school there is the word study. However, there are no people teaching or learning anywhere about the important parts that should exist in those words. This fact is the greatest misfortune of our time. You need to know this. If you do not realize these things, you are living a meaningless life.
In today's society, there is no one we can trust. People who want to make easy money don't care whether others live or die. This is really scary. Who is creating this kind of society and why? Modern people pretend to be very smart and know a lot, but in reality they are just fools. They do not check the most important things and only check the useless things. They only pretend to know what they know about useless things. They are good at doing things they don't have to do, but they don't do things they absolutely have to do. Why is human society becoming increasingly difficult to live in? This is because wrong teachings and wrong forces dominate society.
What I felt once again through this trip was that the world is really fair. The creator of this world left very fair laws to the world. When humans attain enlightenment, a good world and a good life can exist for them. You must continue to engage in life activities that enable you to achieve the purpose of a good life through a good life.
There is a difference in the ability to see the world when they know and when they do not know. People who are learning here are said to be very smart in real life. What you hear here may sound the same all the time, but that's not the case. It makes a clear difference when the people learning here are in the same place as everyone else. This is because the people learning here have a different ability to see reality. That's why you can protect yourself and protect yourself even in these difficult times. You must be well aware of this fact. If you do not know these things, you will live and die without knowing what you should live for all your life. We must have a purpose for living. To that end, we must never ignore what exists in reality even for a moment. If you live ignoring it, you will become food for the wicked overnight. Only after we have lost everything will we truly feel and regret how unhappy we have lived. In order to live a life with no regrets, the only way is for you to know for yourself.
Throughout my many travels, I have conveyed love to people and told them so. The love I preached was to teach people justice and conscience. If you teach people conscience and justice, they will stop harming others or doing wrong even if there is no law. Such a society is like heaven. Wouldn’t a society where people can live well even though there are no laws be heaven? On the contrary, it is difficult to live in a society with many laws. Why make laws? Because society cannot be maintained without law. How did society become so dangerous that it was difficult to maintain it? It's because of ignorance. When no one teaches good teachings and no one wants to accept good teachings, society becomes governed by laws created by humans. No matter how much we emphasize freedom and create many laws, it is of no use. If we teach the people of the world conscience, justice, and love, even if there are no laws, nothing unfortunate will ever happen in that society, and eventually that society will be able to transform into the most beautiful society.
The laws created by humans are so numerous and complex that ordinary people cannot even read them all. It would be nearly impossible to memorize so many complex laws with even a decent memorization ability. But what is the use even if there are people who memorize all the information and they become the leaders of a society? The fundamental cause of all life in the world is created through the activities of existing things. In other words, the things that exist in the activity become the cause and the living being is resurrected. Even if one is born into a rich family and grows up with good fertilizer, a wild persimmon tree can only produce persimmons which are not tasty. Isn't that right? No matter how poor a family one is born into, a sweet persimmon tree will produce sweet persimmons. Even though the tree is small, it produces large and delicious persimmons. This is what happens in the world.
In this era, all the laws created by the Creator in the beginning have disappeared, and a bad world created by the plans of evil humans is being created. There is a tremendous difference between the world five years ago and the world today. I don't know how much longer I will live, but I cannot guarantee what will happen in this era. It was really sad to see young people. How should they live from now on?
The purpose of coming here for all of you is for the sake of your own lives. Isn't it to come here in order to become someone who cultivates and nurtures their own life with their own strength, without lying, cheating, stealing, or harboring resentment towards others? The fact that there are no people with such purposes, learning or teaching something, is the biggest problem of this era. Going to a university without philosophy, just to obtain a diploma and get married or find a job, is truly a humorous matter.
There is a young man currently working hard in the United Kingdom. Hearing that he wasn't contributing much to his household, he was brought to the UK and encouraged to learn English. However, living in a positive society, he transformed into a hardworking individual. After about six months, he independently found a job and, later, gained admission to a university with a culinary program. After attending for about a year, he decided it was unnecessary to continue and expressed that learning on the job, especially in places like hotels, is much more beneficial than completing the university education solely for the sake of a diploma. Currently, he works at a restaurant in the heart of London, considered one of the top establishments in the world.
One of the biggest reasons why our society is going wrong right now is universities or college education. There is no country in the world with so many universities as Korea. In other words, it is the most complex country in the world. On the surface, it doesn't seem like it at all. People are well-dressed, their faces are straight, and they don't seem to have any problems. However, there was an article in today's newspaper that three Korean consuls stationed abroad held a press conference urging Korean travelers to shed their bad image. Because this society does not provide essential education to humans, members of the society ruin their purity due to their wrong thinking in the social environment and are eventually reborn as wrongdoers. This is very dangerous.