The Words of the Hyun Jin Moon

Speech at the Global Peace Festival in Mongolia

Hyun Jin Moon
September 9, 2008

For the first time in human history, one empire controlled the lives of most of the world's inhabitants. Yet, it fostered values of cultural and religious tolerance, respect for ability above social standing, appreciation of human life and of the importance of inter-cultural, interracial and inter-religious marriages and families. One could even argue that the Mongol Empire had the beginnings of a universal framework of religious freedom and human rights later championed by the United States.

Mongolia's rich past is relevant in our age for creating a world of peace, especially here in Eurasia. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war, the large Eurasian continent has seen an explosion of ethnic, religious and national rivalries that have destabilized the region, hampering initiatives for peace and prosperity.

The recent war in the South Caucasus proves that the countries of this region still have a ways to go to overcome these conflicts of the past. Undecided territorial, ethnic and national divisions and broken economic and social ties all provoke instability, uncertainty and violence. The nations and peoples of this region need a new peace initiative, based upon a common vision.

What unifying legacy, vision and principle could unite the disparate forces at work in this region? I believe the key to unlock the strife of Eurasia lies in her common history and heritage.

We are all of Mongolian descent, whether we are born in Korea, China or Russia. Spanning from the Pacific to the banks of the Danube, the Mongol lineage, represented by the unique blue birthmark, has spread to encompass more than 70 percent of the population.

Recognizing the potential challenges of our age, my father inaugurated the Mongolian Peoples Federation for World Peace on August 4, 2004. At the second assembly, he outlined the purpose of this new peace initiative:

This federation and movement... does not aim at establishing another nation in the world. Nor is it the beginning of a new nationalist movement. It [will] do away with all the walls and national boundaries and bring together the six billion people of the world through rallying together the interrelated people of Mongolian descent.

If Mongolia could own the vision of One family under God and align with the mission of the Mongolian Peoples Federation, it could inspire the entire region to look beyond its narrow interests and recognize its common heritage and, thereby, its common future.

As the cliché "blood is thicker than water" suggests, the Mongolian lineage transcends national boundaries and cultural divides and builds a collective regional solidarity that could uplift Eurasia from the mire of civil conflict and war.

Like our forefathers who marched across the Eurasian continent, charged with the mission to unite mankind under one Heaven, let us move boldly to the four corners of the world as owners of the vision to create one family under God, ushering in an age of peace and co-prosperity for all Mongolians, Asians, Eurasians and the world.

Will you take on this challenge? Yes or no? 

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