A Baha'i perspective on an ever advancing civilization
Humanity, the Baha'i writings explain, has passed through the stage of childhood and now stands at the threshold of its collective maturity.
The revolutionary and far-reaching changes occurring today are characteristic of this period of transition—a time which can be likened to adolescence. In this period, thoughts, attitudes, and habits from humanity’s earlier stages of development are being swept away and new patterns of thought and action which reflect its approaching maturity are gradually taking root.
The emergence of a global civilization prosperous in both its material and spiritual dimensions implies that the spiritual and practical aspects of life are to advance together. Through faith and reason, it becomes possible to discover the powers and capacities latent in individuals and in humanity as a whole, and to work for the realization of these potentialities.
“All human beings,” wrote Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, “have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.” Thus, every person, every community and every nation have been vested with an obligation to play their part in building a peaceful and prosperous global society.
Unification of the whole of mankind is the hall-mark of the stage which human society is now approaching. Unity of family, of tribe, of city-state, and nation have been successively attempted and fully established. World unity is the goal towards which a harassed humanity is striving. People are coming to understand that this is one planet with one people. We now have the capacity to create a global society.
There are spiritual principles that must be honoured and upheld in order for civilization to ensure the unity and well-being of the entire human family. These principles include knowledge of the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religion and the Oneness of Humanity. In every age humanity has been given access to teachings and laws that were revealed by the Founders of the great religious systems of the world. These Founders are Divine Educators. The teachings and laws, which each Divine Educator revealed, addressed the needs and conditions of the world at the time of Their appearance.
Baha'is believe that Bahá’u’lláh's teachings offer a vision of a united and peaceful world. Humanity now has access to the teachings of Baha’u’llah - the most recent Divine Educator. His teachings and laws are guiding a bewildered humanity, in today’s world, toward its greatest challenge - the establishment of world peace. Over 160 years ago Baha’u’llah wrote that “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.” And, in another passage “The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable, unless and until its unity is firmly established.”
We must now embrace the oneness of humanity in its fullest. Love and justice are examples of two spiritual qualities which must be practiced by every man, woman and child. These qualities must empower us, in today’s world, to respect and honour the people of every race, religion and nation on earth.
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Bahman Fazeli is a member of the Baha'i Community of Cobourg