SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee Inauguration Ceremony - Commemorative Address
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In this posting, we'd like to share with you the Commemorative Address given by Dr. Il-Sik Hong, former Chancellor of Korea University, and SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee Chairman.
Dr. Il-Sik Hong, former Chancellor of Korea University, Chairman of the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee
His Excellency Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister of East Timor, came all the way here to grace the occasion with his presence. Dr. Cheol-Seung Lee, Chairman of the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation, members of the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee, ladies and gentlemen. It is my pleasure to welcome you on this very special occasion, and I would like to thank all of you for attending this historical ceremony despite your busy schedules.
I believe that you already know well that the SUNHAK Peace Prize was established by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, the wife of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon who we all respect so much, in order to continue his thought and legacy. As the first chairman of the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee I would like to use this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to the Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, and also pass on the warm greetings of Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon to you all.
Since the 19th century the history of human civilization has developed where the East has been more influenced by the western powers. But now that age is coming to a close and a new age of great transition is upon us where the East is now influencing the West. The age of economic sovereignty and technological sovereignty of the post-industrial society has passed, and we have entered the age of the knowledge information society where a high-level of specialization is needed. Today all of humankind long for a new value system. Then what can the value system that will be able to lead the future of human civilization be?
I say that the only answer will be the opening of the age of peace and love that all of humankind so desire.
I believe that in the age of the great transition of human civilization, Korea is at the center of this, and that we Koreans are standing in a position of leadership.
From long ago the humanitarian ideal of "Hongik Ingan, Ewha Segye" namely trying to benefit all people and lead them based on the truth is our Korean traditional thought, and part of our rich eastern culture. Not only that in each age in Korea the universal thought and culture was readily accepted by the Korean people. For example in the age of Buddhism we readily accepted and developed Buddhist ideals, in the age of Confucianism we readily accepted and developed Confucian ideals, and in the age of Christianity we accepted Christian culture too adding to it the idea that we all have to live and prosper together in peace.
From long ago the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon understood well the specialities of the history of civilization, and he unified Christian theology and Korean traditional thought and made a new ideology of peace. He gave us the vision as to the way we must go forward. The idea that the whole of humankind is one family, and that we are all brothers and sisters that must co-exist and prosper together, can be found in Rev. Moon's Divine Principle and Unification Thought.
I am a person who believes that God, humankind and nature have to become one and that we have to realize the ideal family based on true love. And I was deeply moved by the teachings of Rev. Moon namely "Love Heaven · Love Humankind · Love Your Country."
All of us here today long for the eternal peace of humankind. And I would like to pledge that the SUNHAK Peace Prize committee members will march forward with the philosophy of peace that teaches that all of humankind are one family, and we will do our best to realize a world of true love that transcends race, religion, and national boundaries. We accept the noble will of the founders Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon who have put this ideology into practice and encouraged us to become "Peace-Loving Global Citizens," and we will find and support people who are dedicating their lives to building a world of peace. In addition we determine to band together with the various different organizations in the world that are working for peace and become the peace tow truck to help humankind realize the one global family ideal.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen!
I would like to thank you all, especially those of you who have come from abroad, for attending the inauguration ceremony of the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee.
In closing, I would like to say that I think that it is especially meaningful that the SUNHAK Peace Prize will be awarded in the Korean Peninsula, the only nation in the world that is still divided. And I would like to end my speech by praying that in the future, Korea will become the Mecca of peace and that the SUNHAK Peace Prize will become a message of peace and true love that spreads from Korea throughout the world.
Thank you very much.