Etymology共 (공) – common, together
義 (의) – righteousness, justice, morality
時代 (시대) – age
The change of ages can be roughly divided into three groups. The first is the age of nature, that is, the time of instinctive feelings, material things, and closeness to the animal world. Next comes the age of man, when knowledge, feelings, and emotions dominated the world. But these were all transitional ages, periods of preparation for entering an age in which people can get rid of egoism, return to their original state, and live as one big family honoring the Heavenly Parent.
Earlier, when people discovered new continents, it seemed as if the earth was expanding, but as time passed it began to seem, on the contrary, to be shrinking in size. Observing this, we can understand that when the perfect world is accomplished after the passage of history, there will be a universal age, and everything in the world will have a direct connection to every human being.
Although we live in the present age, we must also be the fruit of the past and the origin of the future. The three ages-the past, the present, and the future-must connect.
The present age is developing in a completely different direction from that in which our thoughts and hearts are directed. People are looking for a heart that can steer their soul and way of life in the right direction. We need to establish a standard of heart in our lives to which we align our bodies and relationships. Otherwise, there is no way we can get out of this struggle, regardless of what age we live in. Heavenly Parent has always dreamed of a world ruled by a civilization that follows the true standard of heart and soul. This is the kind of world we want to leave for our future descendants.
The new age in the twenty-first century is the age of universally shared values. In this age, our minds and souls will not be possessed by material things, and we will live in oneness with the Heavenly Parent. People will realize that living for the good of others is far more valuable than living for oneself. Egoism will gradually wane and altruism, based on interdependence, mutual prosperity, and universally shared values, will eventually emerge triumphant. Then we can establish a world of freedom and happiness, the ideal world conceived at the time of creation.