Object of joy

Writing and etymology in Korean
기쁨의 대상
[kippime tesan]
歡樂 (기쁨) – joy
對象 (대상) – object

Can we enjoy life without love? No. Alone, we cannot enjoy happiness and will not feel joy.

Any ideal, joy, happiness, any virtue cannot be fully realized and felt without an object of communication and love. For example, we are happy not because flowers exist, but because we can enjoy their beauty; not because there is music, but because we hear the sounds; and not because there are smells, but because we can enjoy the fragrance.

We are happy, not because a person can simply be near us, but because we can see them, touch them, talk to them. We can say that in a world where there is no object that can respond to us, there is no joy, no ideal, no happiness. And if this is true forof man, it is also true for the Heavenly Parent.

If you don’t have a person with whom you are one, you have nothing to lose. And if you haven’t met that person yet, you can’t even say you’re sad. Only after you have lost your object, relative to where it used to be, will you feel grief and sadness.

Whatever you look at, whether it’s flowers or anything else — when you say, “That’s nice, that’s wonderful,” then you are already in love with it.

If you’re capable of loving flowers, birds, animals, how much more could you love the people? If you smile at a puppy, could it smile back at you? If you ask a bird to sing with you, will it understand? As beautiful as flowers are when you want to dance with them, can they? But if, when addressing another person, you ask them to do something with you, they may respond to your request.

Likewise, for the Heavenly Parent, man is a being of the greatest virtue and value. The Creator cannot help but love man. We can say with absolute certainty that He cannot be happy without us.