I had another thought about the included diagram related to Rev. Moon having said that between “Love” and “Conscience”, it is Conscience that is a little bit higher than Love. Why would that be, exactly?
The answer might be related to the following observation from Rev. Moon’s words in the speech [9/23/1979]”Men of God:”
“For God, life comes first because first He existed and then He expressed love. But for man, love comes first. Love was the origin of man.”
Since God existed in the environment of the highest realm of heart which does not develop (identity maintaining 2 stage process centered on heart), before creating anything, and before having matured or grown up, then the highest realm of heart which never changes as the environment provided a standard that God’s Conscience used to compare to and to navigate along the path or train track of the Principle – thus Conscience is similar to if not identical to “the Autonomy of the Principle” that guides spiritual growth during the growth period, or the Indirect Dominion Through the Autonomy of the Principle.
Conscience thus allowed God to grow up to become the Creator God who creates through the two-stage process of the Developing 4-Position-Foundations [Inner and Outer] centering on the Purpose of Creation, which is . . . Love – such that there could even be such a thing as the 4th Stage of returning to one body with God, also known as The Direct Dominion of the Love of God.
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
Parents’ Day Address
April 15, 1991
World Mission Center in New York City
Translator Dr. Bo Hi Pak
So there is God. Let’s say that God is almighty. If almighty God is thinking eternal lasting peace and happiness, He must have devised something other than those items. He must be thinking much more deeply about something that will not endanger or threaten human tranquility and life. What is the most precious thing in human history? Conscience is the most precious, because conscience is the origin of life. Centered upon conscience we can talk about love; and a new element of love comes in.
Throughout history, conscience is also connected to the lineage. Conscience is such a precious treasure for human lives. The conscience is invisible. You have life don’t you? (Yes!) Is it your life? Or whose life is it? (God’s) Universal life or your own private life, what do you think? (Universal). Your mind and body, especially your conscience, belongs to the universe; because it is coming from within the root in the universe it is sharing the root. You ask your conscience, “What kind of ancestor would you like to have? Would you like to have your own father and grandfather, or country or nation and tribe that kind of ancestor would you like to have? Or would like to have a universal ancestor?” Your conscience would respond, “Universal, absolutely. Why don’t I belong to the universe and a universal being?” …
Then what? What is number two then? I don’t know; I’m asking you. I want to hear your answer. What is number two? Number two is love. Conscience is number one, love is number two. The next most important element is love; but love and conscience are virtually one, because conscience exists in love and love exists in conscience. They are working together in one harmony, trying to be number one. Do you know how much love you need? Can you see love? Let me see your love. No one can see the love reality. Love action is a phenomenon. The essence of love cannot be seen; only love can be identified through the phenomenon. It appears through certain loving action. Through action, love can be manifested. …
We came to the conclusion therefore that the root of conscience is Almighty God and that conscience’s goal is love. Love will create all kinds of harmony, all kinds of beauty, all kinds of goodness, all kinds of happiness. Love is so flexible that it can turn and bring the front and rear into one, left and right into one, up and down into one, it’s almost like Disneyland. There is so much turning, riding, going in all kinds of directions with everybody riding in and enjoying the many different kinds of rides. Conscience and love are like that. A roller coaster goes up to the top of the hill and then starts to go down, with everybody screaming and screaming together.