• 28 September 2022

    ’Idál, 02 Mashíyyat (Will), 179 B.E

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    The project for the week: trim shrubs and evergreens around the house and in the yard. I didn’t do it last year, which only makes it more difficult now.

    At least this section doesn’t look too bad. Now, if I can only manage to do as well on the rest of them. We’ll see. The good news is fall weather arrived earlier this week which makes it comfortable to work outside - YAY!

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    Drafted notes of future posts in Evernote. Then, I linked them to individual nodes on MindNode and separate pages in Ulysses. It appears I have two more long-winded and dense posts to make that complete the initial series. Beginning next week, I will switch to an easier to read format.

    As noted above, I trimmed evergreens this afternoon. That’s enough for today ;-)

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    This evening we were speaking of the fellowship and unity of the Persian Bahá’ís. They can truly be called lovers. For example, if one of the friends of God arrived in their city, all the friends would rejoice and assemble together in a meeting with him. If he were ill, they would care for him; if sad, they would comfort him. They would care for him in every way and give unmistakable evidence that there is a spiritual relationship amongst them.

    Strangers and outsiders are astonished at this love and radiant affection existing among the Bahá’ís. They inquire about it. They observe the unity and agreement manifest among them. They say, “What a beautiful spirit shines in their faces!” All envy it and wish that such a bond of love might be witnessed everywhere. Therefore, to you my first admonition is this: Associate most kindly with all; be as one family; pursue this same pathway. Let your intentions be one that your love may permeate and affect the hearts of others so that they may grow to love each other and all attain to this condition of oneness. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 336-337. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/26#961584862 [return]
  • 27 September 2022

    Fidál, 01 Mashíyyat (Will), 179 B.E

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    The sun behind clouds and blue skies makes the magnolia and maple branches and leaves into beautiful silhouettes:

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    It’s been two days since I participated in the IEF 26th Annual Conference by Zoom. I still can’t get over how much time members spoke about the need for change but told so few stories about doing it. As a new member, I found it difficult to know how to get involved in a meaningful way.

    How could one redesign such a session to have a more productive outcome? I’m not sure I know. But I’m committed to seek alternatives, beginning with five basic questions:

    1. What is a preferred outcome of such a session? (What changes as a result?)
    2. How does the agenda lead to the preferred outcome? (How does it focus attention on changing something?)
    3. How do participants prepare beforehand to contribute to the agenda during the session? (How does their input advance conversations about making change happen?)
    4. How does technology support participants to make their contributions in the session? (How does it assist the lowest-common denominator among participants in their technology savviness?)
    5. How does this session fit into a framework of ongoing change? (How does it not become a standalone or one-off event?)

    I’m not exempt from being part of the problem. I write too much and what I write is too difficult to read and understand. That doesn’t help anyone. If my writing is worth reading, then I should write so as many readers as possible can get what it means and act on it.

    To that end, I’ve written this section using the Hemingway Editor. This section is 260 words at Grade 6 readability. Seems to have gone OK.

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    What are the fruits of the human world? They are the spiritual attributes which appear in man. If man is bereft of those attributes, he is like a fruitless tree. One whose aspiration is lofty and who has developed self-reliance will not be content with a mere animal existence. He will seek the divine Kingdom; he will long to be in heaven although he still walks the earth in his material body, and though his outer visage be physical, his face of inner reflection will become spiritual and heavenly. Until this station is attained by man, his life will be utterly devoid of real outcomes. The span of his existence will pass away in eating, drinking and sleeping, without eternal fruits, heavenly traces or illumination—without spiritual potency, everlasting life or the lofty attainments intended for him during his pilgrimage through the human world. You must thank God that your efforts are high and noble, that your endeavors are worthy, that your intentions are centered upon the Kingdom of God and that your supreme desire is the acquisition of eternal virtues. You must act in accordance with these requirements. A man may be a Bahá’í in name only. If he is a Bahá’í in reality, his deeds and actions will be decisive proofs of it. What are the requirements? Love for mankind, sincerity toward all, reflecting the oneness of the world of humanity, philanthropy, becoming enkindled with the fire of the love of God, attainment to the knowledge of God and that which is conducive to human welfare. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 336. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/26#332670787 [return]
  • 26 September 2022

    Kamál, 19 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    Went for a walk with my brother-in-law this morning. The New York asters (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii) are blooming—and almost on St. Michael’s Day, September 29th, for which they get the name “Michaelmas daisy.”

    The bees love them. See if you can spot one in the photo—there is one, I promise!

    Done

    Posted “Rationale for a Time-Based Economy” to GAVNet News.

    Corresponded with Franz Nahrada only to find that he’s not in good health and has taken a break to recover :-( Told him I will continue to integrate Global Solidarity Accounting with the Global Villages Network and Greener Acres Value Network Time Bank and summarize progress in the “Initial Questions” document.

    Determined how to populate the Greener Acres Value Network group on Hylo with discussion topics related to timebanks, time-based economy, and time as a currency. Easy to say, but doing it will be arduous.

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    The honor of man is through the attainment of the knowledge of God; his happiness is from the love of God; his joy is in the glad tidings of God; his greatness is dependent upon his servitude to God. The highest development of man is his entrance into the divine Kingdom, and the outcome of this human existence is the nucleus and essence of eternal life. If man is bereft of the divine bestowals and if his enjoyment and happiness are restricted to his material inclinations, what distinction or difference is there between the animal and himself? In fact, the animal’s happiness is greater, for its wants are fewer and its means of livelihood easier to acquire. Although it is necessary for man to strive for material needs and comforts, his real need is the acquisition of the bounties of God. If he is bereft of divine bounties, spiritual susceptibilities and heavenly glad tidings, the life of man in this world has not yielded any worthy fruit. While possessing physical life, he should lay hold of the life spiritual, and together with bodily comforts and happiness, he should enjoy divine pleasures and content. Then is man worthy of the title man; then will he be after the image and likeness of God, for the image of the Merciful consists of the attributes of the heavenly Kingdom. If no fruits of the Kingdom appear in the garden of his soul, man is not in the image and likeness of God, but if those fruits are forthcoming, he becomes the recipient of ideal bestowals and is enkindled with the fire of the love of God. If his morals become spiritual in character, his aspirations heavenly and his actions conformable to the will of God, man has attained the image and likeness of his Creator; otherwise, he is the image and likeness of Satan. Therefore, Christ hath said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 335-336. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/26#568183350 [return]
  • 25 September 2022

    Jamál, 18 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    First branches of turned leaves this fall on the maple trees in the yard:

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    Participated in the 26th Annual Conference of International Environment Forum as a Zoom call. Lots of experience and will within the group. And the annual report underlined a substantive list of accomplishments by way of publications and presentations made by a handful of members. There were so many words said throughout the 90 minutes, but all too few spoken about maintaining continuity in our thoughts, establishing a flow to propel us forward, connecting us to a collaborative process that would enable us to experiment with possibilities. It reminded me the quote by Claude Debussy, “Music is the space between the notes.” Several authors have written articles wherein they apply this quote to various life situations. As an example, here’s one by the minimalist, Francine Jay, ”The Space Between the Notes” Obviously, it’s about the need to recreate ourselves by getting rid of things that don’t really serve us or support us in our pursuits and establishing spaces for new possibilities to emerge. My sense is that the design and execution of the session may have worked in the past, but doesn’t really serve us anymore. Maybe it’s time to get rid of it and try something else. So that’s what I’m going to work on — something different that hopefully serves us better.

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    One of the forms of prejudice which afflict the world of mankind is religious bigotry and fanaticism. When this hatred burns in human hearts, it becomes the cause of revolution, destruction, abasement of humankind and deprivation of the mercy of God. For the holy Manifestations and divine Founders of religion Themselves were completely unified in love and agreement, whereas Their followers are characterized by bitter antagonism and attitudes of hostility toward each other. God has desired for mankind the effulgence of love, but through blindness and misapprehension man has enveloped himself in veils of discord, strife and hatred. The supreme need of humanity is cooperation and reciprocity. The stronger the ties of fellowship and solidarity amongst men, the greater will be the power of constructiveness and accomplishment in all the planes of human activity. Without cooperation and reciprocal attitude the individual member of human society remains self-centered, uninspired by altruistic purposes, limited and solitary in development like the animal and plant organisms of the lower kingdoms. The lower creatures are not in need of cooperation and reciprocity. A tree can live solitary and alone, but this is impossible for man without retrogression. Therefore, every cooperative attitude and activity of human life is praiseworthy and foreintended by the will of God. The first expression of cooperation is family relationship, which is unreliable and uncertain in its potency, for it is subject to separation and does not permanently cement together the individual members of humanity. There is also a cooperation and oneness in nativity or race which is likewise not efficient, for although its members may agree in general, they differ radically in personal and particular points of view. Racial association, therefore, will not ensure the requirements of divine relationship. There are other means in the human world by which physical association is established, but these fail to weld together the hearts and spirits of men and are correspondingly inefficient. Therefore, it is evident that God has destined and intended religion to be the cause and means of cooperative effort and accomplishment among mankind. To this end He has sent the Prophets of God, the holy Manifestations of the Word, in order that the fundamental reality and religion of God may prove to be the bond of human unity, for the divine religions revealed by these holy Messengers have one and the same foundation. All will admit, therefore, that the divine religions are intended to be the means of true human cooperation, that they are united in the purpose of making humanity one family, for they rest upon the universal foundation of love, and love is the first effulgence of Divinity. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 337-338. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/26#322101001 [return]
  • 24 September 2022

    Jalál, 17 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    The Canadian goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) is in full bloom:

    I featured one of the goldenrod that had gone to seed (and from which the one in this photo originated) in a “Daily Log” posting for 27 November 2021. After stewarding such hand-offs from one growing season over the years, I like how the goldenrod has established itself in several yard and garden areas. Nature is the BEST!

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    Spent more time than I had planned prepping workflows, bookmarks, and logins on the iPad for iOS 16 and the iMac for Ventura. This included switching from Brave browsers on both back to Safari. Apple claims new security and privacy features along with productivity improvements will be a hallmark in these upgrades, so I’m giving them the chance to make good on the hype.

    Processed well over thirty bookmarks saved by Bill Fulkerson. What he finds is like magic in how it aligns with my writing and research: supportive, provocative, and inspirational—a perfect combination!

    Enjoyed a LONG phone call with my daughter. So bright, so insightful, so humorous, yet so serious— all wrapped up in one incredible human. But then again, don’t all fathers think that about their daughters most of the time?

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    Praise be to God! We are living in a century of light. Praise be to God! We are upon earth in the day of divine effulgence. Praise be to God! We are alive in this time of the manifestation of divine love. Praise be to God that we live in the day of the outpouring of heavenly bounty. Praise be to God! This is a day wherein the lights and splendors have awakened progress throughout the East and the West. Many holy souls in former times longed to witness this century, lamenting night and day, yearning to be upon the earth in this cycle; but our presence and privilege is the beneficent gift of the Lord. In His divine mercy and absolute virtue He has bestowed this upon us, even as Christ declared, “Many are called but few are chosen.” Verily, God has chosen you for His love and knowledge; God has chosen you for the worthy service of unifying mankind; God has chosen you for the purpose of investigating reality and promulgating international peace; God has chosen you for the progress and development of humanity, for spreading and proclaiming true education, for the expression of love toward your fellow creatures and the removal of prejudice; God has chosen you to blend together human hearts and give light to the human world. The doors of His generosity are wide, wide open to us; but we must be attentive, alert and mindful, occupied with service to all mankind, appreciating the bestowals of God and ever conforming to His will. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 334-335. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/26#063559568 [return]
  • 23 September 2022

    Istiqlál, 16 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    The fruit on this American pokeweed plant (Phytolacca americana) is just about gone:

    So much for the birds saving some for later when it gets colder ;-)

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    Today is my grandson’s 14th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It is also the Autumnal Equinox marking the first day of fall, my favorite season. He’s quite the math whiz so I like to send him information to keep him on his toes, like this.

    Apparently, the Autumnal Equinox can occur as early as September 21 and as late as September 24. In this article, Herbstanfang 2016 – Herbsttagundnachtgleiche is a graphic by Frank Klemm that shows how the date / time cycles over a 600+ year span adjusted for leap years along the way:

    What day / time was it the year you were born? When will that reoccur? On that note, the last time the Autumnal Equinox happened on September 24 was in 1931, the year my sister (his great aunt) was born. I don’t think she’ll make to the next one in 2303. But if she keeps going the way she is, well, who knows?! I suggested he might be the one who figures out how to extend life well into the future so he can be around for that momentous event. Now, THAT is truly a lifetime project!

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    It is clearly evident that while man possesses powers in common with the animal, he is distinguished from the animal by intellectual attainment, spiritual perception, the acquisition of virtues, capacity to receive the bestowals of Divinity, lordly bounty and emanations of heavenly mercy. This is the adornment of man, his honor and sublimity. Humanity must strive toward this supreme station. Christ has interpreted this station as the second birth. Man is first born from a world of darkness, the matrix of the mother, into this physical world of light. In the dark world from whence he came he had no knowledge of the virtues of this existence. He has been liberated from a condition of darkness and brought into a new and spacious realm where there is sunlight, the stars are shining, the moon sheds its radiance, there are beautiful views, gardens of roses, fruits and all the blessings of the present world. How did he attain these blessings? Through the agency of birth from the mother. Just as man has been physically born into this world, he may be reborn from the realm and matrix of nature, for the realm of nature is a condition of animalism, darkness and defect. In this second birth he attains the world of the Kingdom. There he witnesses and realizes that the world of nature is a world of gloom, whereas the Kingdom is a world of radiance; the world of nature is a world of defects, the Kingdom is a realm of perfection; the world of nature is a world without enlightenment, the Kingdom of spiritual humanity is a heaven of illumination. Great discoveries and revelations are now possible for him; he has attained the reality of perception; his circle of understanding is illimitably widened; he views the realities of creation, comprehends the divine bounties and unseals the mystery of phenomena. This is the station which Christ has interpreted as the second birth. He says that just as ye were physically born from the mother into this world, ye must be born again from the mother world of nature into the life of the divine Kingdom. May you all attain this second, spiritual birth. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

    I pray that the confirmation of God may descend upon you. May you all be born again from this mortal world into the realm of the Kingdom. May you clearly witness the signs of God, sense the virtues of the divine, attain the eternal bounties and perceive the reality of everlasting life. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 332-333. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/25#356886008 [return]
  • 22 September 2022

    Istijlál, 15 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    As the summer comes to a close, the thick skin of the magnolia leaves begins to thin and they take on a somewhat translucent cast before turning colors and eventually falling down. As an example, here’s a photo of one of our favorite magnolia trees taken underneath its canopy looking up:

    And it only gets better with every passing week during this part of fall!

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    Got back from Detroit with brother-in-law in tow. We’re looking forward to having him with us before he returns home mid-October for his next follow-up doctor appointment. All I can say is that having to change a lot of things in one’s life after 60+ years doing them the way that got one where one is now is not easy — and depending on one’s opinion, may not be worth it. At the end of the day, the decision is personal and private. The only inviolate rule is that one must take responsibility for the consequences; there is no one else to blame. Darn!

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    This same difference is noticeable among animals; some have been domesticated, educated, others left wild. The proof is clear that the world of nature is imperfect, the world of education perfect. That is to say, man is rescued from the exigencies of nature by training and culture; consequently, education is necessary, obligatory. But education is of various kinds. There is a training and development of the physical body which ensures strength and growth. There is intellectual education or mental training for which schools and colleges are founded. The third kind of education is that of the spirit. Through the breaths of the Holy Spirit man is uplifted into the world of moralities and illumined by the lights of divine bestowals. The moral world is only attained through the effulgence of the Sun of Reality and the quickening life of the divine spirit. For this reason the holy Manifestations of God appear in the human world. They come to educate and illuminate mankind, to bestow spiritual susceptibilities, to quicken inner perceptions and thereby adorn the reality of man—the human temple—with divine graces. Through Them man may become the point of the emanations of God and the recipient of heavenly bounties. Under the influence of Their teachings he may become the manifestation of the effulgences of God and a magnet attracting the lights of the supreme world. For this reason the holy, divine Manifestations are the first Teachers and Educators of humanity; Their traces are the highest evidences, and Their spiritual tuition is universal in its application to the world of mankind. Their influence and power are immeasurable and unlimited. One heavenly Personage has developed many nations. For example, Jesus Christ, single and unassisted, educated the Roman, Greek and Assyrian nations and all of Europe. It is evident, therefore, that the greatest education is that of the Spirit.

    The spirit of man must acquire its bounties from the Kingdom of God in order that it may become the mirror and manifestation of lights and the dawning point of divine traces, because the human reality is like the soil. If no bounty of rain descends from heaven upon the soil, if no heat of the sun penetrates, it will remain black, forbidding, unproductive; but when the moistening shower and the effulgent glow of the sun’s rays fall upon it, beautiful and redolent flowers grow from its bosom. Similarly, the human spirit or reality of man, unless it becomes the recipient of the lights of the Kingdom, develops divine susceptibilities and consciously reflects the effulgence of God, will not be the manifestation of ideal bounties, for only the reality of man can become the mirror wherein the lights of God are revealed. The reality of man will then be as the spirit of this world, for just as the animus of life quickens the physical human body, so the body of the world will receive its vivification through the animating virtue of the sanctified spirit of man. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 330-331. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/25#691219964 [return]
  • 21 September 2022

    ’Idál, 14 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    There are a number of river grape vines (Vitis riparia) growing along the fence bordering a greenway through the subdivision:

    Their fruit is ripening just in time to give the birds a treat as fall begins to set in.

    Done

    Exchanged messages today with a colleague in the Raising the Value of Learning group on Slack about the evolving role of timebanks. Here’s an excerpt:

    How do we account for ALL our time on the planet and the human value we generate? A timebank system (like hOurworld and / or TimeBanks.org) is integral to the answer, but a few things have to change:

    1. The timebank system permits time entries for unspecified activities (not dependent on requests and offers)
    2. The timebank system measures total human value by time accumulated in categories and services which includes time for unspecified activities
    3. The timebank system applies a member-defined “portfolio” of daily, unspecified activities (thinking, communicating, doing whether awake or asleep) as a 24-hour “credit for living” for each day the member answers the bell. This documents the human value generated by each member without exception.
    4. The timebank system facilitates transfer of timebank member data from interactions on other platforms in order to further substantiate the value generated by members. BTW, this is where the Seva Exchange could be helpful if it can be separated from having to dance to the monetary economy’s tune!

    My interest is moving the timebank system in this general direction as outlined in the four steps above. It’s definitely a “work-in-progress” but what isn’t ;-)

    I’ll conclude with three questions to emphasize my point above:

    1. How much human value do you think we generated through this exchange?
    2. How does it get documented so that others know the potential we have to generate much more?
    3. How do we position this exchange so that the information we covered and the perspectives we shared reach a wider audience for the benefit of whomever sees value in them?

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    The great question appertaining to humanity is religion. The first condition is that man must intelligently investigate its foundations. The second condition is that he must admit and acknowledge the oneness of the world of humanity. By this means the attainment of true fellowship among mankind is assured, and the alienation of races and individuals is prevented. All must be considered the servants of God; all must recognize God as the one kind Protector and Creator. In proportion to the acknowledgment of the oneness and solidarity of mankind, fellowship is possible, misunderstandings will be removed and reality become apparent. Then will the light of reality shine forth, and when reality illumines the world, the happiness of humankind will become a verity. Man must spiritually perceive that religion has been intended by God to be the means of grace, the source of life and cause of agreement. If it becomes the cause of discord, enmity and hatred, it is better that man should be without it. For in its teachings we seek the spirit of charity and love to bind the hearts of men together. If, on the contrary, we find it alienates and embitters human hearts, we are justified in casting it aside. Therefore, when man through sincere investigation discovers the fundamental reality of religion, his former prejudices disappear, and his new condition of enlightenment is conducive to the development of the world of humanity.

    The purport of our subject is that, just as man is in need of outward education, he is likewise in need of ideal refinement; just as the outer sense of sight is necessary to him, he should also possess insight and conscious perception; as he needs hearing, at the same time memory is essential; as a body is indispensable to him, likewise a mind is requisite; one is a material virtue, the other is ideal. As human creatures fitted and qualified with this dual endowment, we must endeavor through the assistance and grace of God and by the exercise of our ideal power of intellect to attain all lofty virtues, that we may witness the effulgence of the Sun of Reality, reflect the spirit of the Kingdom, behold the manifest evidences of the reality of Divinity, comprehend irrefutable proofs of the immortality of the soul, live in conscious atonement with the eternal world and become quickened and awake with the life and love of God. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 327-328. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/24#927538974 [return]
  • 20 September 2022

    Fidál, 13 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    A lone Chinese Boxthorn (Lycium chinense) growing amid the common periwinkle / creeping myrtle (Vinca minor) as depicted in “Daily Log” for 20 June 2022 makes for an unexpected but pleasing juxtaposition:

    Done

    In an update today to one of the channels in the “Raising the Value of Learning” Slack group, I clarified the flow of human value (in my opinion):

    1. We originate it as a matter of course through our daily thoughts, communications, and deeds;
    2. Online platforms digitize it through our interactions with applications then store it in databases; and,,
    3. “The machine” extracts it through algorithms and translates it into “games” that direct our attention into areas where the machine learns more and gains intelligence.

    The length of time our attention is held on a particular pursuit is the critical measure of our value as humans. RIght now, the bulk of the value we generate each and every day (outside of paid work, which accounts for a fraction of the value generated) passes largely unacknowledged and uncompensated into the control of the machine that then takes advantage of it, often to our disadvantage.

    Timebanks have an integral role in challenging the “rules of engagement” and subsequently changing the model of human value flows.

    How to make that happen is where I’ve shifted my attention next.

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    Quoted

    Philosophy is of two kinds: natural and divine. Natural philosophy seeks knowledge of physical verities and explains material phenomena, whereas divine philosophy deals with ideal verities and phenomena of the spirit. The field and scope of natural philosophy have been greatly enlarged, and its accomplishments are most praiseworthy, for it has served humanity. But according to the evidence of present world conditions divine philosophy—which has for its object the sublimation of human nature, spiritual advancement, heavenly guidance for the development of the human race, attainment to the breaths of the Holy Spirit and knowledge of the verities of God—has been outdistanced and neglected. Now is the time for us to make an effort and enable it to advance apace with the philosophy of material investigation so that awakening of the ideal virtues may progress equally with the unfoldment of the natural powers. In the same proportion that the body of man is developing, the spirit of man must be strengthened; and just as his outer perceptions have been quickened, his inner intellectual powers must be sensitized so that he need not rely wholly upon tradition and human precedent. In divine questions we must not depend entirely upon the heritage of tradition and former human experience; nay, rather, we must exercise reason, analyze and logically examine the facts presented so that confidence will be inspired and faith attained. Then and then only the reality of things will be revealed to us. The philosophers of Greece—such as Aristotle, Socrates, Plato and others—were devoted to the investigation of both natural and spiritual phenomena. In their schools of teaching they discoursed upon the world of nature as well as the supernatural world. Today the philosophy and logic of Aristotle are known throughout the world. Because they were interested in both natural and divine philosophy, furthering the development of the physical world of mankind as well as the intellectual, they rendered praiseworthy service to humanity. This was the reason of the triumph and survival of their teachings and principles. Man should continue both these lines of research and investigation so that all the human virtues, outer and inner, may become possible. The attainment of these virtues, both material and ideal, is conditioned upon intelligent investigation of reality, by which investigation the sublimity of man and his intellectual progress is accomplished. Forms must be set aside and renounced; reality must be sought. We must discover for ourselves where and what reality is. In religious beliefs nations and peoples today are imitators of ancestors and forefathers. If a man’s father was a Christian, he himself is a Christian; a Buddhist is the son of a Buddhist, a Zoroastrian of a Zoroastrian. A gentile or an idolator follows the religious footsteps of his father and ancestry. This is absolute imitation. The requirement in this day is that man must independently and impartially investigate every form of reality. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 326-327. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/24#852349855 [return]
  • 19 September 2022

    Kamál, 12 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Probably belongs under “Done” but…

    Removed the second evergreen stump which cleared the way for a row of rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) to be placed in their stead:

    A dear family friend donated the shrubs — one of the virtues of being close by!

    Done

    Articulated a “use case” for additional features of a timebank application:

    Imagine a time bank system that allows any member to designate a distribution of their time during the day to a “personal portfolio profile” of endeavors to which they consume themselves thinking, communicating, and doing day in and day out. Then, the system credits their account automatically for 8, 10, 12 hours (whatever) / day and debits the accounts of projects by category / service related to the portfolio profile. The member can change the mix in the portfolio as life’s circumstances warrant. The dictum of an hour is an hour is preserved and put to good use by valuing every hour the member is alive thinking, communicating, and doing. And the time bank is increasing in value with respect to the time accumulated in particular categories / services which speaks to the capacity of the time bank to deliver on future commitments and attests to the capabilities of individual members who demonstrate their unique “human value” on a daily basis.

    This is probably a big ask for developers to take on, but at least I could tell a reasonable story about a few of the key roles a timebank might adopt in the months ahead.

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Man possesses two types of virtues: One is material, and the other ideal in character. For example, the body of man expresses certain material virtues, but the spirit of man manifests virtues that are ideal. The sense of sight in man is a physical virtue; but insight, the power of inner perception, is ideal in its nature. The sense of hearing is a physical endowment, whereas memory in man is ideal. Among other human forces the power of ideation, or faculty of intellection, is material, but the power of love is spiritual. The acquisition of the realities of phenomena is an ideal virtue; likewise, the emotions of man and his ability to prove the existence of God. Realization of moral standards and the world of discovery involve virtues essentially ideal.

    If we review history, we will observe that human advancement has been greatest in the development of material virtues. Civilization is the sign and evidence of this progression. Throughout the world, material civilization has attained truly wonderful heights and degrees of efficiency—that is to say, the outward powers and virtues of man have greatly developed, but the inner and ideal virtues have been correspondingly delayed and neglected. It is now the time in the history of the world for us to strive and give an impetus to the advancement and development of inner forces—that is to say, we must arise to service in the world of morality, for human morals are in need of readjustment. We must also render service to the world of intellectuality in order that the minds of men may increase in power and become keener in perception, assisting the intellect of man to attain its supremacy so that the ideal virtues may appear. Before a step is taken in this direction we must be able to prove Divinity from the standpoint of reason so that no doubt or objection may remain for the rationalist. Afterward, we must be able to prove the existence of the bounty of God—that the divine bounty encompasses humanity and that it is transcendental. Furthermore, we must demonstrate that the spirit of man is immortal, that it is not subject to disintegration and that it comprises the virtues of humanity.

    Material virtues have attained great development, but ideal virtues have been left far behind. If you should ask a thousand persons, “What are the proofs of the reality of Divinity?” perhaps not one would be able to answer. If you should ask further, “What proofs have you regarding the essence of God?” “How do you explain inspiration and revelation?” “What are the evidences of conscious intelligence beyond the material universe?” “Can you suggest a plan and method for the betterment of human moralities?” “Can you clearly define and differentiate the world of nature and the world of Divinity?”—you would receive very little real knowledge and enlightenment upon these questions. This is due to the fact that development of the ideal virtues has been neglected. People speak of Divinity, but the ideas and beliefs they have of Divinity are, in reality, superstition. Divinity is the effulgence of the Sun of Reality, the manifestation of spiritual virtues and ideal powers. The intellectual proofs of Divinity are based upon observation and evidence which constitute decisive argument, logically proving the reality of Divinity, the effulgence of mercy, the certainty of inspiration and immortality of the spirit. This is, in reality, the science of Divinity. Divinity is not what is set forth in dogmas and sermons of the church. Ordinarily when the word Divinity is mentioned, it is associated in the minds of the hearers with certain formulas and doctrines, whereas it essentially means the wisdom and knowledge of God, the effulgence of the Sun of Truth, the revelation of reality and divine philosophy. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 325-326. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/24#187189111 [return]
  • 18 September 2022

    Jamál, 11 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

    Seen

    The English ivy (Hedera helix) is in bloom:

    Makes for a study in contrasts!

    Done

    Helping my brother-in-law remove the stumps left from when we cut down the evergreen shrubs during our visit three weeks ago.

    The title of this ☝️ is “one down one to go”

    Noted

    A contract painting job for Astral Prospecting became a public art project for a while…

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    Quoted

    We must use our utmost endeavors in order that the Holy Spirit may influence minds and hearts toward peace, the bounties of God surround, the divine effulgences become successive, human souls advance, minds expand in wider vision, souls become more holy and the world of humanity be rid of its great menace. For the betterment of the world Bahá’u’lláh endured all the hardships, ordeals and vicissitudes of life, sacrificing His very being and comfort, forfeiting His estates, possessions and honor—all that pertains to human existence—not for one year, nay, rather, for nearly fifty years. During this long period He was subjected to persecution and abuse, was cast into prison, was banished from His native land, underwent severities and humiliation and was exiled four times. He was first exiled from Persia to Baghdád, thence to Constantinople, thence to Rumelia and finally to the great prison-fortress of ‘Akká in Syria, where He passed the remainder of His life. Every day a new oppression and abuse was heaped upon Him until He winged His flight from the dungeon to the supreme world and returned to His Lord. He endured these ordeals and difficulties in order that this earthly human world might become heavenly, that the illumination of the divine Kingdom should become a reality in human hearts, that the individual members of mankind might progress, the power of the Holy Spirit increase its efficacy and penetration and the happiness of the world of humanity be assured. He desired for all tranquillity and composure and exercised loving-kindness toward the nations regardless of conditions and differences. He addressed humanity, saying, “O humankind! Verily, ye are all the leaves and fruits of one tree; ye are all one. Therefore, associate in friendship; love one another; abandon prejudices of race; dispel forever this gloomy darkness of human ignorance, for the century of light, the Sun of Reality hath appeared. Now is the time for affiliation, and now is the period of unity and concord. For thousands of years ye have been contending in warfare and strife. It is enough. Now is the time for unity. Lay aside all self-purposes, and know for a certainty that all men are the servants of one God Who will bind them together in love and agreement.” 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 322. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/23#550254111 [return]
  • 17 September 2022

    Jalál, 10 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

    Seen

    This eastern cottontail rabbit ( Sylvilagus floridanus) in Michigan looks a lot like those in Ohio. Who knew?!

    Done

    As an experiment, I adapted the graphics about the need for more attention to be given to Global Solidarity Accounting (GSA) “accounts” (see yesterday’s post) to the beginning of a graphic “storyboard” about the Global Villages Network (GVN) project:

    Like GSA, it’s a start!

    Noted

    Clever display of new jewelry created by Astral Prospecting:

    And NEW this week: Astral Prospecting on YouTube — YAY!!

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    Quoted

    Therefore, we must strive in order that the power of the Holy Spirit may become effective throughout the world of mankind, that it may confer a new quickening life upon the body politic of the nations and peoples and that all may be guided to the protection and shelter of the Word of God. Then this human world will become angelic, earthly darkness pass away and celestial illumination flood the horizons, human defects be effaced and divine virtues become resplendent. This is possible and real, but only through the power of the Holy Spirit. Today the greatest need of the world is the animating, unifying presence of the Holy Spirit. Until it becomes effective, penetrating and interpenetrating hearts and spirits, and until perfect, reasoning faith shall be implanted in the minds of men, it will be impossible for the social body to be inspired with security and confidence. Nay, on the contrary, enmity and strife will increase day by day, and the differences and divergences of nations will be woefully augmented. Continual additions to the armies and navies of the world will be made, and the fear and certainty of the great pandemic war—the war unparalleled in history—will be intensified; for armament, heretofore limited, is now being increased upon a colossal scale. Conditions are becoming acute, drawing nigh unto the degree of men warring upon the seas, warring upon the plains, warring in the very atmosphere with a violence unknown in former centuries. With the growth of armament and preparation the dangers are increasingly great. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 321. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/23#577019256 [return]
  • 16 September 2022

    Istiqlál, 09 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

    Seen

    The granddaughter came over this afternoon and wanted to try out her new box of sidewalk chalk:

    Looks like she and grandma had a great time!

    Done

    Developed a couple graphics to illustrate the point that we need more people to devote more attention (their time) to the issues at hand if we’re going to truly make much progress in addressing them:

    Followed by:

    I don’t know whether the message comes through very well without a lot of words to explain the context. But it’s a start!

    Noted

    Astral Prospecting went to the river and caught deer mid-stride in the act of crossing:

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    Quoted

    The source of perfect unity and love in the world of existence is the bond and oneness of reality. When the divine and fundamental reality enters human hearts and lives, it conserves and protects all states and conditions of mankind, establishing that intrinsic oneness of the world of humanity which can only come into being through the efficacy of the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit is like unto the life in the human body, which blends all differences of parts and members in unity and agreement. Consider how numerous are these parts and members, but the oneness of the animating spirit of life unites them all in perfect combination. It establishes such a unity in the bodily organism that if any part is subjected to injury or becomes diseased, all the other parts and functions sympathetically respond and suffer, owing to the perfect oneness existing. Just as the human spirit of life is the cause of coordination among the various parts of the human organism, the Holy Spirit is the controlling cause of the unity and coordination of mankind. That is to say, the bond or oneness of humanity cannot be effectively established save through the power of the Holy Spirit, for the world of humanity is a composite body, and the Holy Spirit is the animating principle of its life. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 321. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/23#622154911 [return]
  • 15 September 2022

    Istijlál, 08 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    The season wouldn’t be complete without at least one photo of American burnweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius) blooms and their release of cottony seeds to the wind.

    How true! “Have you ever had a tall weed that grew so quickly it seemed to appear in your yard overnight? There’s a good chance that speedy weed is American burnweed, and your yard is probably not the only one it has popped up in.” 1

    Done

    The pieces are starting to fall together, now. I’ve been able to establish clear interconnections between the Global Solidarity Accounting (GSA) framework on International Environment Forum (IEF) and projects related to the GSA accounts loaded on StudioCoLab (and Hylo!) platforms along with a way to measure time spent by whom along the way on the Greener Acres Value Network TimeBank (GAVNet TB) and report on overall progress with posts to Greener Acres Value Network News. Furthermore, with any luck Franz Nahrada’s DorfWiki narrative about the development and expansion of the Global Villages Network concept can be informed, meaningfully, by the experiences I have with these interconnected efforts. In other words, I believe all the major pieces in play to illustrate the flow of human value as indicated by the time folks spend using a logical framework to devote their attention to translating philosophy into practical application and making positive change happen.

    More importantly, I don’t “own” any of it. I don’t have responsibility for any of the projects. I just get to relate information about the changing context to whomever does have responsibility as well as feed the unfolding narrative about the significance of what’s going on. And if this reads like I’m uncommitted, I’m not. I’m simply at an age now where I can no longer muster the energy, time and wherewithal to appropriately take on such responsibility. Besides, I should NOT be responsible for projects – it’s a role for much younger people. It’s their time to take the lead. I’ll help as long as I can…

    Noted

    Astral Prospecting finding an omen for the upcoming deer season?

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    Quoted

    These are a few of the principles proclaimed by Bahá’u’lláh. He has provided the remedy for the ailments which now afflict the human world, solved the difficult problems of individual, social, national and universal welfare and laid the foundation of divine reality upon which material and spiritual civilization are to be founded throughout the centuries before us. 2


    1. Chandran, Rakesh. “American Burnweed.” WV Extension, August 2018. https://extension.wvu.edu/lawn-gardening-pests/weeds/american-burnweed. [return]
    2. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 318. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#613399229 [return]
  • 14 September 2022

    ’Idál, 07 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    As noted in my “Daily Log” post for 22 May 2022, amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) grows everywhere. But what starts as sweet-smelling blossoms in the spring turn to bright red berries in late summer / early fall as evidenced below:

    It’s that time of year!

    Done

    Prepped a week’s worth of postings in advance on Frameworks for Understanding the World just to stay ahead and not be pushed to get one done on the day it’s due.

    Started to organize the Global Solidarity Accounting project “members” with “requests” on GAVNet TimeBank. Hopefully, people will find it relatively easy to record any time they might choose to spend on them in the timebank. So far, I’m not doing so well figuring it out. I may need “professional assistance” ;-)

    Noted

    Astral Prospecting just won’t let up with his photography skills. Here he caught a spider web still dotted with shiny dewdrops soon after daybreak:

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    Quoted

    There shall be an equality of rights and prerogatives for all mankind.

    One language must be selected as an international medium of speech and communication. Through this means misunderstandings will be lessened, fellowship established and unity assured. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 318. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#719049970 [return]
  • 13 September 2022

    Fidál, 06 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

    Seen

    If I wasn’t so consumed by computer stuff I might actually go outside and take care of this:

    Wisteria gone wild!

    Done

    OK. I have to admit I feel pretty good about having made this post today: Evolution of Humanity. I’m particularly fond of the graphics, like this one:

    Noted

    Another pic by Astral Prospecting of his dog aka “Bogo” ;-)

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    Quoted

    There must be an equality of rights between men and women. Women shall receive an equal privilege of education. This will enable them to qualify and progress in all degrees of occupation and accomplishment. For the world of humanity possesses two wings: man and woman. If one wing remains incapable and defective, it will restrict the power of the other, and full flight will be impossible. Therefore, the completeness and perfection of the human world are dependent upon the equal development of these two wings. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 318. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#405364030 [return]
  • 12 September 2022

    Kamál, 05 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Skies before sunset:

    Done

    Connected with Franz Nahrada by Zoom. We had a very productive session that included my partner. We had not seen Franz for longer than either of us would want to admit. What a marvel this technology is, today!

    As evidence of progress, I started a page on DorfWiki titled Initial Questions, for the English translation of his book outline: Fragen An Die Community. This is bit tricky for me due to my unfamiliarity with ProWiki, which has been around for a long time, but is still quite functional. I guess I’m never too old to learn more ;-)

    My intent is to link the main points in the what Franz writes with similar topics and themes in related projects I’m pursuing in other forums. Hopefully, I can take advantage of common purpose, adjacencies, complementary roles, and multiple and concurrent value flows among them. All it takes is time, right?!

    Stephen Beckett loaded the GAVNet logo to the timebank home page. It looks great. Now, if I can just get the content of the page updated I’ll be all set!

    Noted

    Astral Prospecting hit the fishing trail early and this was an expected reward:

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    Quoted

    Universal peace will be established among the nations of the world by international agreement. The greatest catastrophe in the world of humanity today is war. Europe is a storehouse of explosives awaiting a spark. All the European nations are on edge, and a single flame will set on fire the whole of that continent. Implements of war and death are multiplied and increased to an inconceivable degree, and the burden of military maintenance is taxing the various countries beyond the point of endurance. Armies and navies devour the substance and possessions of the people; the toiling poor, the innocent and helpless are forced by taxation to provide munitions and armament for governments bent upon conquest of territory and defense against powerful rival nations. There is no greater or more woeful ordeal in the world of humanity today than impending war. Therefore, international peace is a crucial necessity. An arbitral court of justice shall be established by which international disputes are to be settled. Through this means all possibility of discord and war between the nations will be obviated. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 317. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#922361457 [return]
  • 11 September 2022

    Jamál, 04 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    I transplanted this bull thistle or Scottish thistle (Cirsium vulgare) from the edge of the driveway where it emerged as a volunteer last spring, to a “safer spot” in the fence line garden. It must have been OK with its new digs because it’s now blooming:

    Just in time, too, as it marks another remembrance of the Queen who passed away in Scotland where this particular variety of thistle is the national flower.

    Done

    In further exchanges with Franz Nahrada, I agreed to help him advance his book project about the Global Villages Network. In his public DorfWiki page, Fragen An Die Community, he outlines some of the points he wants to explore. While I was roaming around the DorfWiki site, I found a profile page he setup for me when we collaborated on another set of topics some 15+ years ago. I may use it as a starting place for my input into what he has in mind. We’ll see…

    Corresponded with Beedy Parker, who’s a core team member on the “How’s The Weather?” initiative. The main theme of our exchange concerned timebanking and more specifically how the concept has evolved over the decades since Edgar Cahn launched the current iteration in 1995 with the formation of the Time Dollar Institute.

    Building on the The 5 Core Values of Timebanking, I shared what I see as the three stages of timebanking:

    Back in the day, if you, as a timebank member, did whatever service you offered in response to a request from another a timebank member, you would login to your account online and transfer the time you spent from the other person’s account to your account. Then you could transfer that time in your account to another timebank member for the time they spent doing something you requested. Simple, but a lot of administration—stuff that a lot of people don’t like to do or feel comfortable doing since it requires going through multiple steps on several webpages.

    Over the past decade, the purpose of a timebank has evolved to include projects, each with multiple associated tasks, that members of the timebank complete and document the time they spend doing them. This goes beyond the original function of the timebank in two very significant ways:

    1) It documents skills of specific members in performing certain tasks—it establishes a demonstrated competency to address particular conditions.

    2) It documents the progress of a project as it proceeds to completion—it establishes a demonstrated capacity to accomplish complex endeavors.

    Together, these underscore the range AND depth of capability within a timebank community AND they serve to mitigate risk of failure should the community consider future projects of similar complexity and consequence. They can also serve as “collateral” should the community opt to pursue grant money or secure a loan.

    More recently, the purpose of a timebank stands on the brink of taking yet another leap in purpose — to go beyond competencies and time dedicated to task completion to one of recording human value as expressed by the whole person for the entire day. Let me explain. In my experience, I don’t just think about a task or project just when I’m focused on it. It’s streaming in the back of my mind for hours on end. And I don’t just have one stream running at a time, there are multiple streams flowing concurrently, often interrelated in ways I don’t even realize at the time until that magic “Aha!” moment when I’m greeted with another insight. In my opinion, people should be credited for 24 hours each day of their lives. The allocation of that time to various activities happens seamlessly in the background by drawing upon the data generated from whatever platform(s) we participated in during that day. Doing so captures far more of the real value people generate every day. If 8 billion of us were on such a system, few problems would be remain unsolved.

    Next, update the GAVNet TimeBank home page to reflect this theory so it can be put to the test. Admittedly, it is getting more complicated and dense by the day ;-)

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The necessity of education for all mankind is evident. Children especially must be trained and taught. If the parent cannot afford to do this owing to lack of means, the body politic must make necessary provision for its accomplishment. Through the broadening spirit of education illiteracy will disappear, and misunderstandings due to ignorance will pass away. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 317. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#055490096 [return]
  • 10 September 2022

    Jalál, 03 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    This clump of Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum) bloomed weeks ago with most of the stalks bending over soon afterwards—except this one, which bided its time and finally opened up earlier this week.

    Notice the very healthy spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) at the top. It grew from the only part of its original root structure that survived last winter under a mulch of leaves. However, its hardiness now presents a dilemma: do I leave it under mulch, again, risking total loss due to a harsh winter, or do I dig it up and bring it inside until next spring when I transplant it back outside. Hmm.

    Done

    Interacted with a long-time colleague from Vienna, Franz Nahrada after a too long break in serious communication. Recently, he has been dealing with the demons of the aging process which all too often leaves us feeling dissatisfied with what we’ve done because there’s so much more to do. That’s unfortunate because Franz has been a selfless servant to people of every walk of life the world over for decades. And his Global Villages Network concept outlines how society could be structured so that everyone can secure their basic needs and enjoy a reasonable quality of life.

    We left it open to have a conversation in the near future about how his interests and mine could play off one another, yet again, and generate even more fruitful pathways for us and others to explore together for as long as possible. I’m ever hopeful the adventure will be well worth the effort we put into it!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The world of humanity is in need of the confirmations of the Holy Spirit. True distinction among mankind is through divine bestowals and receiving the intuitions of the Holy Spirit. If man does not become the recipient of the heavenly bestowals and spiritual bounties, he remains in the plane and kingdom of the animal. For the distinction between the animal and man is that man is endowed with the potentiality of divinity in his nature, whereas the animal is entirely bereft of that gift and attainment. Therefore, if a man is bereft of the intuitive breathings of the Holy Spirit, deprived of divine bestowals, out of touch with the heavenly world and negligent of the eternal truths, though in image and likeness he is human, in reality he is an animal; even as Christ declared, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” This means that if man be a captive of physical susceptibilities and be lacking the quickening of spiritual emotions, he is merely an animal. But every soul who possesses spiritual susceptibilities and has attained a goodly portion of the bestowals of the Holy Spirit is alive with the divine life of the higher Kingdom. The soul that is portionless and bereft is as dead. Therefore, He said, “Let the dead bury their dead.” Just as the physical body of man is in need of its force of life, even so the human soul is in need of the divine animus and vivification emanating from the Holy Spirit. Without this vivification and sustenance, man would be an animal, nay, rather, dead. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 316-317. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#009740833 [return]
  • 09 September 2022

    Istiqlál, 02 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

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    In honor of one queen’s passing, another queen bloomed starting early in the evening of September 8th:

    And was done by this morning’s early light:

    Done

    Added “Urban Gardens Framework” (UGF) project as a member to GAVNet TimeBank. Added Michael Greenman to GAVNet TimeBank as a member so he can assist with administration of the UGF project. Participated in a ZOOM call with the “How’s The Weather?” (HTW) core team to outline content for the next issue of the HTW newsletter. Expanded and refined the description of the UGF project for inclusion on its StudioCoLab webpage. Here’s some extracts from it:

    Throughout the first two decades of this century, members and leaders of community gardens in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area have established a basic collaborative network among themselves.

    Due to persistent and pernicious food insecurity among vulnerable populations in Columbus, these urban garden groups now seek to increase capacity for production, processing, and distribution of healthy fresh food along the “farm to fork” value chain.

    To be successful, such an endeavor will require the addition of more growers as well as individuals and organizations that can cover the downstream functions necessary to get food in the hands of all those who need it.

    Since this approach flies in the face of the dominant commercial food system, efforts to move forward will be met by considerable inertia and will demand a significant investment of resources, human value, and community commitment to challenge the status quo to change.

    Because the grand scope of this initiative involves a broad range of human circumstances, a diverse set of actors, and unwavering willingness by all to be of service to humanity, whatever evolves that enables participants to fulfill the goal can become a useful framework for other communities to adapt to their own conditions.

    In effect, success will yield two outcomes:

    1. A robust, effective, and sustainable local fresh food system that eliminates food insecurity in Columbus; and
    2. A framework for action that others can easily use in their localities to overcome food insecurity.

    This is shaping up to be a fun project!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    Prejudice—whether it be religious, racial, patriotic or political in its origin and aspect—is the destroyer of human foundations and opposed to the commands of God. God has sent forth His Prophets for the sole purpose of creating love and unity in the world of human hearts. All the heavenly Books are the written word of love. If they prove to be the cause of prejudice and human estrangement, they have become fruitless. Therefore, religious prejudice is especially opposed to the will and command of God. Racial and national prejudices which separate mankind into groups and branches, likewise, have a false and unjustifiable foundation, for all men are the children of Adam and essentially of one family. There should be no racial alienation or national division among humankind. Such distinctions as French, German, Persian, Anglo-Saxon are human and artificial; they have neither significance nor recognition in the estimation of God. In His estimate all are one, the children of one family; and God is equally kind to them. The earth has one surface. God has not divided this surface by boundaries and barriers to separate races and peoples. Man has set up and established these imaginary lines, giving to each restricted area a name and the limitation of a native land or nationhood. By this division and separation into groups and branches of mankind, prejudice is engendered which becomes a fruitful source of war and strife. Impelled by this prejudice, races and nations declare war against each other; the blood of the innocent is poured out, and the earth torn by violence. Therefore, it has been decreed by God in this day that these prejudices and differences shall be laid aside. All are commanded to seek the good pleasure of the Lord of unity, to follow His command and obey His will; in this way the world of humanity shall become illumined with the reality of love and reconciliation. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 316. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#910852942 [return]
  • 08 September 2022

    Istijlál, 01 ‘Izzat (Might), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Morning skies just after sunrise:

    Such a beautiful time, especially now with slightly cooler weather and definitely shorter days.

    Done

    Copied information about Global Solidarity Conversations from the International Environment Forum (IEF) website to GAVNet News in order to present the material in an easier to access format. Next, I will post a series of blog posts to IEF about how to use the information to prompt conversations that matter about the nine Global Solidarity Accounting “accounts”.

    Setup each of the nine accounts as project “members” of the GAVNet TimeBank. Now, whoever chooses to document time spent in support of conversations or related activities to a particular account can quickly do so. This will enable us to get a sense of the value flow associated with each account — how much activity does it get, in general, and how deep and diverse is the range of human capacity associated with it. This could help in communication design so it’s more attractive and in successfully tapping resources. Next is modification of the GAVNet TimeBank home page to reflect these changes.

    Noted

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    Marc Bosserman on Instagram Marc Bosserman on Facebook, and Marc Bosserman Music and Musings on YouTube

    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    Religion must be the mainspring and source of love in the world, for religion is the revelation of the will of God, the divine fundamental of which is love. Therefore, if religion should prove to be the cause of enmity and hatred instead of love, its absence is preferable to its existence.

    Religion must reconcile and be in harmony with science and reason. If the religious beliefs of mankind are contrary to science and opposed to reason, they are none other than superstitions and without divine authority, for the Lord God has endowed man with the faculty of reason in order that through its exercise he may arrive at the verities of existence. Reason is the discoverer of the realities of things, and that which conflicts with its conclusions is the product of human fancy and imagination. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 315-316. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#356279711 [return]
  • 07 September 2022

    ’Idál, 19 Asmá’ (Names), 179 B.E

    Seen

    Mongolian bluebeard (Caryopteris mongholica) blooms on rhubarb:

    It’s been a good growing season for both and they’ve taken advantage of one another’s territory!

    Done

    Another productive weekly call with longstanding colleague, Bill Fulkerson. As a result of our conversation, I proposed a formula: reputation = commitment + responsibility + accountability + acknowledgement. Put into a sentence, reputation is equal to commitments made plus responsibility taken to fulfill those commitments plus accountability for outcomes and consequences plus acknowledgement for what one discovers and learns. Each completed cycle generates value and strengthens one’s reputation. Multiple completed cycles increase the level of trust that future cycles will be similarly completed. In addition, wider audiences see that when one’s attention is held (curiosity piqued!) discovery and learning occurs. As a result, one’s reputation acquires more value in terms of a demonstrated potential for future contributions.

    And this is a very important consideration when seeking solutions to complex problems. All that remains is the negotiation over what incentivizes one to devote attention to a particular challenge at hand versus another one competing for one’s attention: Is it money? Benefits? Threats? Force? Or in the emerging Digital Age — is it the thrill of the game and the dopamine rush that comes from success? Or perhaps it’s taking the long view in pursuit of the “Most Great Peace” 1 whereby one is spiritually motivated: “centered upon the oneness of the world of mankind, and every ambition is to render service in the cause of human uplift and betterment.” 2

    And to think that was just one topic among many—an amazing call, indeed!

    Noted

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    Quoted

    The oneness of the world of humanity shall be realized, accepted and established. When we reflect upon this blessed principle, it will become evident and manifest that it is the healing remedy for all human conditions. All mankind are the servants of the glorious God, our Creator. He has created all. Assuredly He must have loved them equally; otherwise, He would not have created them. He protects all. Assuredly He loves His creatures; otherwise, He would not protect them. He provides for all, proving His love for all without distinction or preference. He manifests His perfect goodness and loving-kindness toward all. He does not punish us for our sins and shortcomings, and we are all immersed in the ocean of His infinite mercy. Inasmuch as God is clement and loving to His children, lenient and merciful toward our shortcomings, why should we be unkind and unforgiving toward each other? As He loves humanity without distinction or preference, why should we not love all? Can we conceive of a plan and policy superior to the divine purpose? Manifestly, we cannot. Therefore, we must strive to do the will of the glorious Lord and emulate His policy of loving all mankind. The wisdom and policy of God are reality and truth, whereas human policy is accidental and limited to our finite understanding. The policy of God is infinite. We must emulate His example. If a soul be ailing and infirm, we must produce remedies; if ignorant, we must provide education; if defective, we must train and perfect that which is lacking; if immature and undeveloped, we must supply the means of attainment to maturity. No soul should be hated, none neglected; nay, rather, their very imperfections should demand greater kindness and tender compassion. Therefore, if we follow the example of the Lord of divinity, we will love all mankind from our hearts, and the means of the unity of the world of humanity will become as evident and manifest to us as the light of the sun. And from our example the light of the love of God will be enkindled among men. For God is love, and all phenomena find source and emanation in that divine current of creation. The love of God haloes all created things. Were it not for the love of God, no animate being would exist. This is clear, manifest vision and truth unless a man is veiled by superstitions and a captive to imaginations, differentiating mankind according to his own estimate, loving some and hating others. Such an attitude is most unworthy and ignoble. 3


    1. “I pray in your behalf that your hearts may be enlightened with the light of the love of God; that your minds may develop daily; that your spirits may become aglow with the fire and illumination of His glad tidings, until these divine foundations may become established throughout the human world. The first of these institutions and foundations is the oneness of humanity and love among mankind. The second is the Most Great Peace. Praise be to God! This American democracy manifests capacity, showing forth readiness to become the standard-bearer of the Most Great Peace. May its hosts be the hosts of the oneness of humanity. May they serve the threshold of God and spread the message of the good pleasure of God.”

      ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 67. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/4#673803180

      [return]
    2. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 353. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/27#246062955 [return]
    3. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 314-315. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#593477274 [return]
  • 06 September 2022

    Fidál, 18 Asmá’ (Names), 179 B.E

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    Earlier this spring when the rhubarb had bolted, I wonder if news plants would start from the seeds. Now I have the answer:

    Apparently, these sprouts are “false rhubarb” (Rheum rhaponticum) and is typically found growing in the wild. Maybe my rhubarb patch isn’t culinary rhubarb (Rheum × hybridum) after all?!

    Done

    Started mapping content for a new blog forum I’ve been encouraged to use. And I helped Michael Greenman setup a local food systems project on a new to us platform underdevelopment by a colleague of ours. Refined the email newsletter template on MailChimp in advance of us distributing our first issue later this week. Lastly, added more notes to my Evernote stacks and notebooks in an effort to align what I’m writing in Ulysses with what I’m posting on soon to be four and possibly five platforms. Guess I’d better really like to write ;-)

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    … In order that human souls, minds and spirits may attain advancement, tranquillity and vision in broader horizons of unity and knowledge, Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed certain principles or teachings, some of which I will mention.

    First, man must independently investigate reality, for the disagreements and dissensions which afflict and affect humanity primarily proceed from imitations of ancestral beliefs and adherences to hereditary forms of worship. These imitations are accidental and without sanction in the Holy Books. They are the outcomes of human interpretations and teachings which have arisen, gradually obscuring the real light of divine meaning and causing men to differ and dissent. The reality proclaimed in the heavenly Books and divine teachings is ever conducive to love, unity and fellowship. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 314. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#006273504 [return]
  • 05 September 2022

    Kamál, 17 Asmá’ (Names), 179 B.E

    Seen

    A brief lapse from overcast skies and rain as a drawn-out weather system moved slowly across our area during the holiday weekend:

    Contrasting clouds and blue skies — so beautiful!

    Done

    Working Hypotheses for a Time-Based Economy (TBE):

    1. Homo sapiens — the most uniquely capable species in creation due to its mind, spirit and soul — is equipped to move into the upper reaches of Maslow’s hierarchy.
    2. Human history is a story of Homo sapiens becoming more facile, stage by stage, at meeting the basic needs for increasingly larger numbers thereby freeing up human capabilities to be curious, acquire knowledge and know-how, and render service to all.
    3. The destiny of mankind is to reach a state of oneness — a Most Great Peace — made possible by the technological singularity between humanity and the tools it uses such that the two work together to expand and enhance human capabilities and address increasingly complex and wicked problems.

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    From time immemorial the divine teachings have been successively revealed, and the bounties of the Holy Spirit have ever been emanating. All the teachings are one reality, for reality is single and does not admit multiplicity. Therefore, the divine Prophets are one, inasmuch as They reveal the one reality, the Word of God. Abraham announced teachings founded upon reality, Moses proclaimed reality, Christ established reality and Bahá’u’lláh was the Messenger and Herald of reality. But humanity, having forsaken the one essential and fundamental reality which underlies the religion of God, and holding blindly to imitations of ancestral forms and interpretations of belief, is separated and divided in the strife, contention and bigotry of various sects and religious factions. If all should be true to the original reality of the Prophet and His teaching, the peoples and nations of the world would become unified, and these differences which cause separation would be lost sight of. To accomplish this great and needful unity in reality, Bahá’u’lláh appeared in the Orient and renewed the foundations of the divine teachings. His revelation of the Word embodies completely the teachings of all the Prophets, expressed in principles and precepts applicable to the needs and conditions of the modern world, amplified and adapted to present-day questions and critical human problems. That is to say, the words of Bahá’u’lláh are the essences of the words of the Prophets of the past. They are the very spirit of the age and the cause of the unity and illumination of the East and the West. The followers of His teachings are in conformity with the precepts and commands of all the former heavenly Messengers. Differences and dissensions, which destroy the foundations of the world of humanity and are contrary to the will and good pleasure of God, disappear completely in the light of the revelation of Bahá’u’lláh; difficult problems are solved, unity and love are established. For the good pleasure of God is the effulgence of love and the establishment of unity and fellowship in the human world, whereas discord, contention, warfare and strife are satanic outcomes and contrary to the will of the Merciful. In order that human souls, minds and spirits may attain advancement, tranquillity and vision in broader horizons of unity and knowledge, Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed certain principles or teachings, some of which I will mention. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 313-314. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#588901888 [return]
  • 04 September 2022

    Jamál, 16 Asmá’ (Names), 179 B.E

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    It’s been a cloudy, rainy day with scarcely any break from the wetness—certainly not favorable conditions to be traipsing around the yard looking for interesting photo ops. But when I checked on the queen of the night bloom (might open tonight!), a rabbit showed up in the background keeping a low profile:

    Not as clear a view as I had hoped, but an interesting juxtaposition; sort of reminiscent of a story by Louis Carroll: the queen and the rabbit. See, it HAS been a long day ;-)

    Done

    Drafted the introduction to “Time-Based Economy.” At this point, it has seven sections that together describe my hypothesis for the project. Tomorrow, I will convert it into a page on Frameworks for Understanding the World. After that separate articles related to it can be posted in upcoming weeks on either Frameworks Frameworks for Understanding the World or Greener Acres Value Network News depending on the central theme of each. Stay tuned…

    Noted

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    Tab’s Galaxy on YouTube

    Quoted

    Life is the expression of composition; and death, the expression of decomposition. In the world or kingdom of the minerals certain materials or elemental substances exist. When through the law of creation they enter into composition, a being or organism comes into existence. For example, certain material atoms are brought together, and man is the result. When this composition is destroyed and disintegrated, decomposition takes place; this is mortality, or death. When certain elements are composed, an animal comes into being. When these elements are scattered or decomposed, this is called the death of the animal. Again, certain atoms are bound together by chemical affinity; a composition called a flower appears. When these atoms are dispersed and the composition they have formed is disintegrated, the flower has come to its end; it is dead. Therefore, it is evident that life is the expression of composition, and mortality, or death, is equivalent to decomposition. As the spirit of man is not composed of material elements, it is not subject to decomposition and, therefore, has no death. It is self-evident that the human spirit is simple, single and not composed in order that it may come to immortality, and it is a philosophical axiom that the individual or indivisible atom is indestructible. At most, it passes through a process of construction and reconstruction. For example, these individual atoms are brought together in a composition, and through this composition a given organism—such as a man, an animal or a plant—is created. When this composition is decomposed, that created organism is brought to an end, but the component atoms are not annihilated; they continue to exist because they are single, individual and not composed. Therefore, it may be said that these individual atoms are eternal. Likewise, the human spirit, inasmuch as it is not composed of individual elements or atoms—as it is sanctified above these elements—is eternal. This is a self-evident proof of its immortality. 1


    1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 306. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/22#066994489 [return]

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