In this speech, given on February 10, 2000, in Seoul, Korea, on the occasion of the celebration of his eightieth birthday, Dr Sun Myung Moon asserts that unification cannot come about through force, but only through sacrifice and true love for those who are suffering in the North.
Thus, the only way to unite North and South is to become a people who can die for both the North and the South, with the heart of truly wanting to live together in harmony with the other side. There is no other path to achieve unity.
Where do we begin the process of unification? Where do we start in order to achieve North-South reunification? What is the first step? Do we begin by using our fists, physical force? If we subjugate the other side through force, then eventually they will develop a force stronger than ours and the conflict will begin all over again. We cannot achieve unity by this method. The way to unification will open when each of us has the heart to say, “Even though I live in the South, I truly want to live in harmony with the people of the North. I truly want to become one with them.”
When North-South reunification is accomplished, it will be the beginning point in the effort to unite the democratic and communist worlds. Each of us must consider the future of our people and of the world.
Distinguished guests, we cannot fight the communist world with guns and swords or any other form of physical force. We must meet them with love. Communists seek to destroy the democratic world in order to build a communist world. By contrast, we must build a system and mechanisms that will bring salvation to the communist world and to the democratic world as well.
The thirty-eighth parallel is the deepest point and final destination where North and South can be united by means of God’s true love. When it comes to doing away with this demarcation line between North and South, the North says, “There’s nothing we can do about it.” Russia says the same thing.
China, too, says the same thing. The government and opposition parties in Seoul say, “There’s nothing we can do about it.” Even the United States and Japan say there is nothing they can do about it. If this remains the case, there will be no hope.
If God’s true love becomes manifest, will we prosper or will we be ruined? It will be the end of everything evil and a new beginning for everything good. This is the reason we have to unite the citizens of our country.
Extract from the speech "World Unity and the Reunification of South and North Korea Will Be Accomplished by True Love" given by Dr Sun Myung Moon on February 10, 2000 at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium, Seoul, Korea, on the occasion of the World Peace Sports Festival 2000 Opening Ceremony and True Parents’ Eightieth Birthday Celebration