20 June 2022
Kamál, 16 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E
Another ground cover plant, common periwinkle / creeping myrtle (Vinca minor), is in the flower bed next to the Spanish stonecrop. It’s not in bloom, now, but the contrasting shades of green makes it pleasant addition to the garden overall!
Detroit: Day Nine. We took advantage of the relatively cool weather and finished cleaning the main rooms in my brother-in-law’s home. Of particular note was the kitchen which features a vintage 1960’s Hotpoint built-in range with a stainless steel top and cross-shaped burner configuration instead of the usual two-by-two arrangement. It cooks and bakes great—even the clock works, albeit difficult to set. With hot weather ahead, we plan to kick back and simply enjoy one another’s company for next couple of days.
Michael Greenman, fearless editor of the Global Rebirth newsletter, is getting ready to release the third issue. In response to his request for input to his latest draft, I wrote the following:
Your draft sends a message that is consistent in format and content with previous updates and the declared purpose of the initiative. That’s a good thing as people like to know that what they’re part of stays the course in the direction they thought it would go when they joined, or that what they’re considering signing up for has a clear momentum behind it pushing toward what they believe in. The number of subscribers should go up!
One point for future consideration is whether the group would like to engage those who are already pressed against the wall of life due to the consequences of climate change. The current audience consists of those who have the luxury of age, location, and means to escape or mitigate existential threats. In other words, I submit that of the 130 subscribers, none of them are currently without shelter and adequate clothing, without food security and safe water, without access to medical care though sick or injured, without communications connections via phone or Internet. I submit further, though, that there is a growing number of such folks who would be active agents on behalf of “How’s The Weather?” if the initiative spoke to their immediate and imminent needs—and galvanized efforts to address them forthwith rather than having to endure a timeline of indeterminate length waiting for governments and corporations to assist.
If this is an audience that the group would like go after, I suggest a couple of steps:
- Identify those organizations on the “Resource Connections” list that offer direct support to those dealing with existential threats due to climate change; and
- Reference them in future update messages accompanied by heartfelt encouragement to readers that their involvement in such efforts can save lives immediately.
In my opinion doing so would position “How’s The Weather?” as a much more balanced initiative that addresses climate change along a continuum of need from the physical NOW to the more abstract future that will come as a result of legislation and markets.
Again, this is just an idea for consideration…
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Whatsoever is conducive to unity is merciful and from the divine bounty itself. Every universal affair is divine. Everything which conduces to separation and estrangement is satanic because it emanates from the purposes of self. Consider how clearly it is shown in creation that the cause of existence is unity and cohesion and the cause of nonexistence is separation and dissension. By a divine power of creation the elements assemble together in affinity, and the result is a composite being. Certain of these elements have united, and man has come into existence. Certain other combinations produce plants and animals. Therefore, this affinity of the inanimate elements is the cause of life and being. Through their commingling, therefore, human affinity, love and fellowship are made possible. If the elements were not assembled together in affinity to produce the body of man, the higher intelligent forces could not be manifest in the body. But when these elements separate, when their affinity and cohesion are overcome, death and dissolution of the body they have built inevitably follow. Therefore, affinity and unity among even these material elements mean life in the body of man, and their discord and disagreement mean death. Throughout all creation, in all the kingdoms, this law is written: that love and affinity are the cause of life, and discord and separation are the cause of death. 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, 207. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/14#639345813 [return]