Dear Brother Peter Stephenson,
You have shown empathy for the plight of the Japanese families and in doing so; you have also shown a level of insubordination to the matrix of the church system. Advising the Japanese members to ignore TM’s command and “give from their hearts” shows that you are a good and caring person.
The path you have chosen is not an easy one but always remember that you are not alone. Many of us here had to make the same hard choices and walk the same thorny path that you have chosen to go.
Ultimately it comes down to remembering the primary reason you joined the church. We did not have to lose the idealism of our youth when we parted with the church. For me, parting with the church, revived my lost sense of idealism and gave me back my faith in God and God’s compassionate love. We did not have to lose our sense of mission or our burning desire to help others break free of the bitter darkness of ignorance. We joined as sincere seekers of the truth and the ones who brought us to the movement, I believe were sincere in their desire to help us know a higher expression of truth, even as we ourselves were sincere and truly caring when we brought others in. It is that same burning desire to know the truth and to share the truth that drives many of the posters on this form to continue to be involved with WIOTM and HWDYKYM.
Ignorance is mean! We have both experienced and seen how this dark art of keeping people in a state of ignorance is used to bully and manipulate others. We have witnessed first hand how a systemic cloud of fear (a culture of fear) and guilting of others can be used by an elite minority to control and motivate a crowd of subordinates to give up their lives. At the top of the pyramid are a twisted family of narcissists who coldly steal and suck out the lives of others for their own benefit under the guise of altruism.
To put it bluntly, our sincere faith was hijacked via a slight of mind. We were given a “higher purpose” of serving the will of “God’s living bloodline on earth” (with the hope that we and our descendants could join that bloodline some day). In this way we were tricked into believing that the best way to bring true peace and salvation to the world was to “attend the true parents of mankind” (and by extension the “true family”). The easiest among us to trick, were those who lived in search of their own salvation (be it from Hell or the hell of accusing ancestors). We all fell victim to ‘evil genius’ mind control hacks gleaned, learned and honed in the death camps of North Korea.
Ultimately we can still pursue our vocation as truth seekers and as disseminators of the truth. We can find a way to help our brothers and sisters (Japanese and otherwise) to realize the truth. There are many of us here who believe that the Unification Church will ultimately collapse on its own. What with it being so unnatural and all and by the historical fact that the truth always comes out in the end. There are others on this form who would like to see the aforementioned collapse happen sooner than later. We have a new mission from God; to stoke the fires and let the bright light of truth dispel the dark cloud of ignorance that holds our brothers and sisters in a smothering death grip. We, who have broken free, cannot help but look back with empathy upon our dear brothers and sisters who are still trapped. Our conscience and our sincere love for God and humanity compel us to act and to reach out to them in any way we can. Feel free to join us when you are ready. Follow your heart and you can’t go wrong.