Jamál, 02 Asmá’ (Names), 179 B.E


We’ve had brief periods of torrential rains yesterday and today. Here’s what it looked like on the deck during one of them today:

We were lucky with just half an inch earlier today whereas folks southeast of us received 5 inches in spots—and major flash flood warnings to go with it. Proves once again that life isn’t fair when one compares our lot with other areas of the country dealing with mega-drought conditions. Guess they don’t call it “climate change” without reason. Underscores the statement attributed to Heraclitus: “The only constant is change.”


Caught up on all my correspondence this morning — yay!

My partner and I spent time visiting the granddaughter and her parents this afternoon for a welcome change in the routine.

Jotted down some gross generalizations about US society:

  1. Poor communication practices such that we don’t fully understand one another and the situations we are in (Individuals);
  2. Inadequate decision-making processes that tend to leave some people out or impact others with adverse consequences (Communities); and
  3. Lack of trust in governance structures and the guidance they offer (Institutions)

No one intends for this to happen, it’s simply a product of the times we are in and the structure of the social systems we belong to. The good news is summarized by a statement attributed to an anonymous Persian poet: “This, too, shall pass.”

Speaking of, I’ll be back at working on just that, tomorrow—I promise!


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How wonderful it is! How powerful the spirit of man, while his body is so weak! If the susceptibilities of the spirit control him, there is no created being more heroic, more undaunted than man; but if physical forces dominate, you cannot find a more cowardly or fearful object because the body is so weak and incapable. Therefore, it is divinely intended that the spiritual susceptibilities of man should gain precedence and overrule his physical forces. In this way he becomes fitted to dominate the human world by his nobility and stand forth fearless and free, endowed with the attributes of eternal 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, 264. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/19#916420712 [return]