People often think that politics moves the world, but that is not the case. It is culture and art that move the world. It is emotion, not reason, that strikes people in the innermost part of their hearts. When hearts change and are able to receive new things, ideologies and social regimes change as a result.
— Rev. Sun Myung Moon, As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen, Page 157

What is Hyo Jeong Culture?

Creating a culture of Filial Piety through music and the arts

Hyo Jeong is a Korean word combining two ideas: "Hyo" = filial and "Jeong" = heart. Combined "Hyo Jeong" means "Culture of Filial Piety," or creating a culture of heart that reflects the love of a child toward his/her parents. The love and dedication we have for God, our heavenly parent, is first learned in our families through the love toward our own parents who have sacrificed everything for us. This heart delivered through the arts, has the power to revolutionize our culture that’s often self-centered (a Unificationist school of thought).

Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon (aka. Father and Mother Moon or True Parents), founders of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) movement, have dedicated their lives to fulfill God's hope and dream to be reunited with his children. They want to cultivate musicians and artists to accomplish this cultural revolution.

Therefore, the Department of Hyo Jeong Arts and Culture is identifying and promoting talented singers, musicians, composers, dancers, actors, film-makers, painters, writers, poets, etc. in the hopes of sharing True Parent's vision of the Hyo Jeong Culture with the world and inspiring fellow artists to contribute to creating a Culture of Filial Piety.


unpacking the concept of 'Hyo Jeong'

The term Hyo Jeong means so much more than the English translation of Filial Piety.
The following videos and article attempt to unpack this Eastern-rooted philosophy through various examples to help us connect to its deeper meaning:

Rev. An beautifully explains the concept of Hyo Jeong and shares some simple steps to being a filial child.

Tyler Hendricks Ph.D. unpacks the theological meaning of Hyo Jeong in an 11-part short video series.

Andrew Wilson analyzes some ancient Chinese stories to depict the virtue of Hyo Jeong in the East. Read article here.


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