04 November 2022
Istiqlál, 01 Qudrat (Power), 179 B.E
Another scene I enjoy is the carpet of fallen magnolia leaves beneath the tree …
It won’t last long as the wind will kick up and scatter them everywhere.
A dear friend expressed his disappointment with the apparent lack of progress in a project he and several of us are working on. To be so forthcoming about how he felt was a tough call on his part. It warranted a response. Here’s what I said.
In my perspective, three organizing principles define our place and behavior in the physical world. We share the same genetics and are members of the same human family (unity). We remain interconnected to each other no matter our individual characteristics or the physical distance between us (love). We influence everyone else with whatever we think, say, or do and are responsible for our choices (justice). Because of these three, I do not accept your conclusion that “nothing has happened.”
Just because change doesn’t happen the way you anticipate or the results of change don’t meet your expectations doesn’t mean change isn’t happening. There are 8 billion people in the world. ALL are dealing with climate change in order to survive. How does each use the resources available to survive? How does each share their experiences with others? How do we learn from those shared experiences?
Our project encourages others to address those three questions using social media platforms. I can assure you the messages we posted on those platforms provoked others to think, speak, or do something differently. And for my part, I’ll continue to put messages out there in various ways—with no expectations for specific responses. Kind of like the SETI project from years ago ;-)
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In the Orient I was informed that there are many lovers of peace in America. Therefore, I left my native land to associate here with those who are the standard-bearers of international conciliation and agreement. Having traveled from coast to coast, I find the United States of America vast and progressive, the government just and equitable, the nation noble and independent. I attended many meetings where international peace was discussed and am always extremely happy to witness the results of such meetings, for one of the great principles of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings is the establishment of agreement among the peoples of the world. He founded and taught this principle in the Orient fifty years ago. He proclaimed international unity, summoned the religions of the world to harmony and reconciliation and established fellowship among many races, sects and communities. At that time He wrote Epistles to the kings and rulers of the world, calling upon them to arise and cooperate with Him in spreading these principles, saying that the stability and advancement of humanity could only be realized through the unity of the nations. Through His efforts this principle of universal harmony and agreement was practically demonstrated in Persia and other countries. Today in Persia, for instance, there are many people of various races and religions who have followed the exhortations of Bahá’u’lláh and are living together in love and fellowship without religious, patriotic or racial prejudices—Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians and many others.
America has arisen to spread the teachings of peace, to increase the illumination of humankind and bestow happiness and prosperity upon the children of men. These are the principles and evidences of divine civilization. America is a noble nation, the standard-bearer of peace throughout the world, shedding light to all regions. Foreign nations are not untrammeled and free from intrigues and complications like the United States; therefore, they are not able to bring about universal harmony. But America—praise be to God!—is at peace with all the world and is worthy of raising the flag of brotherhood and international agreement. When this is done, the rest of the world will accept. All nations will join in adopting the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh revealed more than fifty years ago. In His Epistles He asked the parliaments of the world to send their wisest and best men to an international world conference which should decide all questions between the peoples and establish universal peace. This would be the highest court of appeal, and the parliament of man so long dreamed of by poets and idealists would be realized. Its accomplishment would be more far-reaching than the Hague tribunal. 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, 388-389. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/29#841374064 [return]