spot wrote: ↑Sat Aug 06, 2022 12:47 am
LarsMac wrote: ↑Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:27 pm
Back in my Younger days, I hung out with the Moonies for a while. They were very interesting.
Even met Ol' Moon, hisself, I did.
I recall chatting in Malaysia in the 80s with a large gap-year Korean group traveling together for protection abroad. They were cheerful and quite keen to credit their church for the fact.
As for the organization, the chap who designed it might have set out with financial stability in mind or that might just have happened later. The obvious comparison is with Ron Hubbard who comes over clearly as a con-artist creating Scientology, or with Hare Krishna, both of which had screwing money out of people as their core tenet. The difference is that Sun Myung Moon had world-class influence throughout his life, on a scale with the Dalai Lama. He has to have been charismatic as well as lucky. Did you find him so?
Actually, I found him to be somewhat humorless, and bossy. He seemed quite disappointed that all his minions in the Americas had, as yet, failed to educate themselves in the Korean Language.
I also recall being in the middle of a street fight when my Moony friends encountered Scientology guys soliciting donations on our favorite street corner.
But, yes, for the most part, the Moonies were a cheerful lot.
I was asked to leave after I ran into an old chum from the Navy and we took off to talk old times over beers, and a couple of my Moonie Mates saw us drinking at the Beer Garden at DuPont Circle. near the DC headquarters. Beer was a definite No-No. They were just like the Baptists in that regards.
The Hari Krishnas were a lot more fun people, though I found their diet to be less enticing.
Ah, the 70s were fun times.
The home of the soul is the Open Road.
- DH Lawrence