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Principle Solutions to Some Fundamental Social Concerns

Bahá'u'lláh emphasized that the world problematique is global by nature and that no effective solution to any major issue could accommodate an atomistic approach. His analysis was based on a holistic worldview according. He maintained that the basic reason for mankind's blood-stained history was that, while in reality humanity is a single organic entity with wonderful potentialities, it has chronically failed to realized this oneness and has applied solutions that do not regard this natural fact of its own existence.

He, thus, asserted that the most urgent issue is the reorganize of mankind's life according to this principle of unity or oneness: "The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established." Pointing out that the present system and organization of mankind's life is completely inadequate to take up this massive challenge of "unity in diversity", he wrote over a century ago: "The winds of despair are, alas, blowing from every direction, and the strife that divides and afflicts the human race is daily increasing. The signs of impending convulsions and chaos can now be discerned, inasmuch as the prevailing order appears to be lamentably defective."

The experiences of mankind during the past one hundred years have sufficiently demonstrated the credibility of this diagnosis. The recommendations and advices of Bahá'u'lláh, a small sample of which are briefly described below, have gradually become matters of serious attention by both decision-makers and the rank-and-file of people. But to the generality of his contemporaries, as well as to the world leaders whom he addressed and pleaded to act far-sightedly, these warning recommendations passed unheeded.

The examples listed below ehibit how the principle solutions presented by Bahá'u'lláh all revolve around the organic unity of mankind. These principles are targeted at making possible the realization of this unity and removing obstacles from its way.

These are just a few examples of the fundamental issues which Bahá'u'lláh addressed, as counsel for his contemporaries and for many of the rulers of his time. Although mostly ignored by those decision-makers and leaders, his teachings have, today, become issues of common concern and have gained momentum and public attention and have, finally, become visible trends in the world arena.

Bahá'u'lláh did not, however, limit his mission to the mere proclamation these ideals and solutions. He also created the mechanism for their implementation into a process of systematic reform. He founded the Bahá'í community with its unique system of development and governance. This community has, during its history of one-and-a-half centuries, worked as a testing and experimenting ground for the translation of these universal ideals and general solutions to the specific developmental needs of humanity in accordance with the requirements of each time and place.

Today this global community embraces some six million people, representing almost every race, culture and social and religious background on the planet. It is a representative sample, a microcosm, of the human race -- a miniature mankind, if you like. It seeks to create within itself a working model of a mature global society as envisaged by Bahá'u'lláh. "All men", he wrote, "have been created to carry forward and ever-advancing civilization."

Introductory pages:

  • A holistic worldview, a brief descpription of Bahá'u'lláh's conception of reality.
  • Vision of a United Humanity, a brief exposition of the future of humankind.
  • A unique system of governance, an outline of Bahá'í administrative principles.
  • A century of sytematic social experiment, a brief descpription of Bahá'í history.

    Online current materials:

  • The Promise of World Peace, a statement by the Universal House of Justice.
  • Who is Writing the Future?, a statement by the Bahá'í International Community.
  • The Prosperity of Humankind, a statement by the Bahá'í International Community.
  • Turning Point for All Nations, a statement by the Bahá'í International Community.

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