Every nation and every group—indeed, every individual—will, to a greater or lesser degree, contribute to the emergence of the world civilization towards which humanity is irresistibly moving. Unity will progressively be achieved, as foreshadowed by ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, in different realms of social existence, for instance, “unity in the political realm”, “unity of thought in world undertakings”, “unity of races” and the “unity of nations”1. As these come to be realized, the structures of a politically united world, which respects the full diversity of culture and provides channels for the expression of dignity and honour, will gradually take shape.2

  1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Selections from the Writings of ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. Translated by Marzieh Gail. 1st ed. Haifa: Bahá’í World Center, 1978, 32. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/selections-writings-abdul-baha/3#355125495. [return]
  2. The Universal House of Justice, “Message to the Bahá’ís of Iran” (March 2, 2013), 2 https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20130302_001/1#947929459. [return]