Istiqlál, 07 Asmá’ (Names), 179 B.E


One of the fronds of our sword (Boston) fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) has found its way through a concrete block that’s part of the plant stand it’s setting on:

Nothing special. Just looked interesting in the moment …


Directed my attention to research about “Human Value Flows in the Digital Age”— the next chapter in the essay on time-based economies. At this point, I’m holding fast to the three “rules” or organizing principles that stem from the pursuit of “oneness” as the foundation for a time-based economy:

  1. Everyone is in
  2. Everyone is interconnected
  3. Everyone makes a difference

More later…


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Among the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh is the principle of equality of man and woman. Bahá’u’lláh has said that both belong to humankind and that in the estimation of God they are equal, for each is the complement of the other in the divine creative plan. The only distinction between them in the sight of God is the purity and righteousness of their deeds and actions, for that one is preferred by God who is most nearly in the spiritual image and likeness of the Creator. Throughout the kingdoms of living organisms there is sex differentiation in function, but no preference or distinction is made in favor of either male or female. In the animal kingdom individual sex exists, but rights are equal and without distinction. Likewise, in the plane or kingdom of the vegetable sex appears, but equality of function and right is evident. Inasmuch as sex distinction and preference are not observed in these kingdoms of inferior intelligence, is it befitting the superior station of man that he should make such differentiation and estimate, when as a matter of fact there is no difference indicated in the law of creation? 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, 280-281. [return]