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Governance Beyond Generations

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2016

The individual model for government has a limitation: individuals have no life cycle. Thomas Jefferson’s call for a revolution every 19 years bears unintended testimony to this.

People long for stability in government, not a revolution every 19 years. The source of this longing—and of its fulfillment—lies deep within blood lineage. But this fulfillment cannot be based upon the lineage of a tribe, race or religion. In True Father’s words, “Only when we are linked to God’s lineage is it possible to create the ideal nation.”

Government beyond the generations requires life, love and lineage.

The dynamics of lineage make the family the full model for Cheon Il Guk’s government. Our Constitution affirms that the marriage Blessing engrafts all people into God’s lineage. God’s lineage is the root of our culture of heart. Through it, every person is His substantial object partner.

What is lineage? It is the substantiation of a husband-wife love. The parents of a lineage are absolute and unique. Parents are in place by God’s authority of love. This authority is embedded in Cheon Il Guk’s society and government through True Parents. As Parents of God’s lineage, they are absolute and unique. About this “absolutism,” I have three comments.

First, trust. That God is embodied in the substantial True Parents is an article of faith at the root of citizenship. On the foundation of Israel’s faith, Moses would have governed the nation as his family. By citizenship we inherit this foundation.

Second, responsibility. By the marriage Blessing, all citizens engraft into True Parents’ lineage. Some are direct—True Parents’ family—some are indirect. Irrespective of that, each person perfects the marriage Blessing by their absolute faith, love and obedience, and this determines their value. The person’s value is in their faith, love and obedience, not lineage.

We embed government in a tradition of love that endures.

Third, partnership. The only Constitutional distinction of direct descendants—True Parents’ family—is the responsibility to chair the Supreme Council. The Constitution envelopes this chairmanship with checks and balances. The Chair is no autocrat; he or she has to work with people.

And would not scions of the direct lineage chair the Supreme Councils on every level? I witnessed, at Cheongpyeong, True Parents assigning each of their children to a continent. True Parents’ lineage multiplies and its responsibility is distributed, ultimately to everyone.

(Peace Message 1; Cheon Il Guk Constitution Preamble, Pledge, Art. 2 #3, Art. 20 #5, Art. 21 #s 1, 4, 5, Art. 24, Art. 25; Exposition of Divine Principle pp. 236, 248.)

-TH

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