11 October 2022
Fidál, 15 Mashíyyat (Will), 179 B.E
Section of the neighbor’s fence…
Stephen Beckett and Helen Stucky Risdon offered excellent feedback on my latest message in our Slack group. Here’s how I responded:
The original “essay” I envisioned may need to change in scope. Rather than a one-time posting, it could become a template with several applications. One could adapt the wording to grant proposals, website content, or even an ebook. Such flexibility would add considerable value to the text. And if we published it using a Creative Commons license, anyone who wanted to use it, could. Furthermore, we could make this a collaborative “project” that recognizes all who contribute. That would be in keeping with the spirit of Raising the Value of Learning.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to research and write about evolving role of timebanking. And I’ll incorporate your input into upcoming drafts for your review on RVL-Slack. At some point, I’ll use an online collaborative platform — ProWiki or MediaWiki, for instance — for real-time writing. That way it will be available for whoever wants to use it or add to it.
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Virtue, or perfection, belongs to man, who possesses both the capacity of the senses and ideal perception. For instance, astronomical discoveries are man’s accomplishments. He has not gained this knowledge through his senses. The greater part of it has been attained through intellect, through the ideal senses. Man’s inventions have appeared through the avenue of his reasonable faculties. All his scientific attainments have come through the faculty of reason. Briefly, the evidences of intellect or reason are manifest in man. By them he is differentiated from the animal. Therefore, the animal kingdom is distinct and inferior to the human kingdom. Notwithstanding this, the philosophers of the West have certain syllogisms, or demonstrations, whereby they endeavor to prove that man had his origin in the animal kingdom; that although he is now a vertebrate, he originally lived in the sea; from thence he was transferred to the land and became vertebrate; that gradually his feet and hands appeared in his anatomical development; then he began to walk upon all fours, after which he attained to human stature, walking erect. They find that his anatomy has undergone successive changes, finally assuming human form, and that these intermediate forms or changes are like links connected. Between man and the ape, however, there is one link missing, and to the present time scientists have not been able to discover it. Therefore, the greatest proof of this western theory of human evolution is anatomical, reasoning that there are certain vestiges of organs found in man which are peculiar to the ape and lower animals, and setting forth the conclusion that man at some time in his upward progression has possessed these organs which are no longer functioning but appear now as mere rudiments and vestiges. 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, 357-358. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/27#962400967 [return]