Jalál, 12 Mashíyyat (Will), 179 B.E


Spring-born bunny in fall


Dropped announcements of the nine Global Solidarity Accounting (GSA) “member requests.” I’ll revise and repost after I complete the write-up about the Core Economy.

Revised the GAVNet TimeBank home page to align with the “requests.”

Corresponded with the premier activist, Bonnie Sundance, about her possible help with the GSA survey instrument. It gave me the opportunity to explain more about our project portfolio:

Thanks so much for responding to my request for “Survey Assistance.”

This is one of several requests on GAVNet TimeBank as part of an informal “social experiment.” Here’s what it’s about.

As a longstanding timebank member, you know that exchanges are for unpaid work. You also know that the timebank does not account for ALL your time in activism. Nor does it account for ALL your unpaid time, period. Our working hypothesis is that all undocumented, unpaid time represents human value. What if we could account for all unpaid time?

We know, though, that question is pure speculation. Many people would be uncomfortable with their private lives under close scrutiny. But would people be willing to disclose more about their time usage in a trusted community? That leads us to our core question: what role can timebanking play in such documentation?

Let me use you as an example. What questions should we include in a survey instrument relevant to activists? How would they account for their time thinking, communicating, and acting about activism? What skills does this time distribution reflect? What projects need those skills to assure success? How would these skills increase the capacity of the timebank to do more projects?

Looking forward to her response!


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The greatest attainment in the world of humanity has ever been scientific in nature. It is the discovery of the realities of things. Inasmuch as I find myself in the home of science—for this is one of the great universities of the country and well known abroad—I feel a keen sense of joy.

The highest praise is due to men who devote their energies to science, and the noblest center is a center wherein the sciences and arts are taught and studied. Science ever tends to the illumination of the world of humanity. It is the cause of eternal honor to man, and its sovereignty is far greater than the sovereignty of kings. The dominion of kings has an ending; the king himself may be dethroned; but the sovereignty of science is everlasting and without end. Consider the philosophers of former times. Their rule and dominion is still manifest in the world. The Greek and Roman kingdoms with all their grandeur passed away; the ancient sovereignties of the Orient are but memories, whereas the power and influence of Plato and Aristotle still continue. Even now in schools and universities of the world their names are revered and commemorated, but where do we hear the names of bygone kings extolled? They are forgotten and rest in the valley of oblivion. It is evident that the sovereignty of science is greater than the dominion of rulers. Kings have invaded countries and achieved conquest through the shedding of blood, but the scientist through his beneficent achievements invades the regions of ignorance, conquering the realm of minds and hearts. Therefore, his conquests are everlasting. May you attain extraordinary progress in this center of education. May you become radiant lights flooding the dark regions and recesses of ignorance with illumination. 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, 348-349. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/27#039242980 [return]