The Bahá’í Faith is dangerous, according to the government of Iran…
The Faith was born in Iran in 1844…
Tens of thousands of Bahá’ís have lost their lives because they won’t recant…
According to a Bahá’í source: “Currently, there are at least 31 Baha’is in Iran’s prisons, including the seven people who comprised the leadership group known as the Friends in Iran. Those seven have now been in prison more than a year, awaiting trial.” During that time, they have had no access to their legal counsel…
Their trial is currently set for October 18th. The charges against them include two that could bring the death penalty…
Bobby Aazami recently won a Baha’i-sponsored video contest for this:
“At this writing, the expectant voices of Bahá’ís can be heard despite the persecution they still endure in the land in which their Faith was born. By their example of steadfast hope, they bear witness to the belief that the imminent realization of this age-old dream of peace is now, by virtue of the transforming effects of Bahá’u'lláh’s revelation, invested with the force of divine authority. Thus we convey to you not only a vision in words: we summon the power of deeds of faith and sacrifice; we convey the anxious plea of our co-religionists everywhere for peace and unity. We join with all who are the victims of aggression, all who yearn for an end to conflict and contention, all whose devotion to principles of peace and world order promotes the ennobling purposes for which humanity was called into being by an all-loving Creator.
“In the earnestness of our desire to impart to you the fervour of our hope and the depth of our confidence, we cite the emphatic promise of Bahá’u'lláh: ‘These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the “Most Great Peace” shall come’.”
The Universal House of Justice, 1985 Oct, The Promise of World Peace, p. 5
From Machines Like Us: “The world faces a compounding series of crises driven by human activity, which existing governments and institutions are increasingly powerless to cope with, a group of eminent environmental scientists and economists has warned.”
And, quoting the scientists they cite in the article, they add:
“The major powers must be willing to enforce an agreement – but legitimacy will depend on acceptance by numerous and diverse countries, and non-governmental actors such as civil society and business…To address common threats and harness common opportunities, we need greater interaction amongst existing institutions, and new institutions, to help construct and maintain a global-scale social contract…”
“…a global-scale social contract…”
They also point out some of the well-woven crises: “Energy, food and water crises, climate disruption, declining fisheries, ocean acidification, emerging diseases and increasing antibiotic resistance…”
A global-scale social contract to resolve these and many other intertwined crises will take, in my opinion, a massive change of heart on the part of all the people involved…
I’m going to integrate our normal, closing Spiritual Quote into the body of this post…
From the Bahá’í International Community:
“The central theme of Bahá’u'lláh’s writings is that humanity is one single race and the day has come for its unification into one global society. Through an irresistible historical process, the traditional barriers of race, class, creed, faith and nation will break down. These forces will, Bahá’u'lláh said, give birth in time to a new universal civilization. The crises now afflicting the planet face all its peoples with the need to accept their oneness and work towards the creation of a unified global society.
“Bahá’u'lláh outlined certain fundamental principles upon which this new world civilization should be founded. These include the elimination of
all forms of prejudice; full equality between the sexes; recognition of the essential oneness of the world’s great religions; the elimination of
extremes of poverty and wealth; universal education; a high standard of personal conduct; the harmony of science and religion; a sustainable
balance between nature and technology; and the establishment of a world federal system, based on collective security and the oneness of humanity.”
Bahá’í International Community, 1992, Magazine – The Bahá’ís
Yes! magazine is good for a lot of reasons…
One of the latest goodies on their site is a list of twelve things a really educated person knows…
From the site: “You won’t find ‘takes honors classes’, ‘gets good grades’, or ‘attends only Ivy League schools’ on John Taylor Gatto’s list of qualities of an educated person.”
Do check out the full article but here are those points of real education:
2: Explore their own ancestry, culture, and place.
3: Are comfortable being alone, yet understand dynamics between people and form healthy relationships.
4: Accept mortality, knowing that every choice affects the generations to come.
5: Create new things and find new experiences.
6: Think for themselves; observe, analyze, and discover truth without relying on the opinions of others.
7: Favor love, curiosity, reverence, and empathy rather than material wealth.
8: Choose a vocation that contributes to the common good.
9: Enjoy a variety of new places and experiences but identify and cherish a place to call home.
10: Express their own voice with confidence.
11: Add value to every encounter and every group of which they are a part.
12: Always ask: “Who am I? Where are my limits? What are my possibilities?”
“Man and woman both should be educated equally and equally regarded.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 28
This blog regularly publishes posts that focus on particular events and crises in our world, attempting to provide important basic information and, of course, Spiritual Quotes that can lead to valuable perspectives concerning solutions or resolutions.
Our Evolution also has a number of *Special Posts*, developed over the past year, with each addressing a particularly important general aspect of what’s necessary to heal our ailing world…
There’s a link to these *Special Posts* always available in the main header bar but I wanted to give you some insight into what this special coverage actually covers:
Path Toward Peace explores eleven critical steps humanity must take on its path toward an enduring global peace…
One Common Faith addresses the essential Oneness of all religions and the failure of most religious leaders to encourage practical, loving efforts to unite our human family…
Who Is Writing The Future? discusses the future of our Human Family and the Vision and Perseverance necessary to go forward into our collective maturity…
Spiritual Civilization will give you a firm grounding in the need for humanity to balance it’s drives toward material civilization and spiritual civilization…
“What we witness at the present time, during ‘this gravest crisis in the history of civilization’, recalling such times in which ‘religions have perished and are born’, is the adolescent stage in the slow and painful evolution of humanity, preparatory to the attainment of the stage of manhood, the stage of maturity, the promise of which is embedded in the teachings, and enshrined in the prophecies, of Bahá’u'lláh. The tumult of this age of transition is characteristic of the impetuosity and irrational instincts of youth, its follies, its prodigality, its pride, its self-assurance, its rebelliousness, and contempt of discipline.
The Great Age to Come
“The ages of its infancy and childhood are past, never again to return, while the Great Age, the consummation of all ages, which must signalize the coming of age of the entire human race, is yet to come. The convulsions of this transitional and most turbulent period in the annals of humanity are the essential prerequisites, and herald the inevitable approach, of that Age of Ages, ‘the time of the end’, in which the folly and tumult of strife that has, since the dawn of history, blackened the annals of mankind, will have been finally transmuted into the wisdom and the tranquility of an undisturbed, a universal, and lasting peace, in which the discord and separation of the children of men will have given way to the worldwide reconciliation, and the complete unification of the divers elements that constitute human society.”
Shoghí Effendí Rabbáníi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 117