Every man of discernment, while walking upon the earth, feeleth indeed abashed, inasmuch as he is fully aware that the thing which is the source of his prosperity, his wealth, his might, his exaltation, his advancement and power is, as ordained by God, the very earth which is trodden beneath the feet of all men. There can be no doubt that whoever is cognizant of this truth, is cleansed and sanctified from all pride, arrogance, and vainglory….
(Bahá’u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, Wilmette, Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1988, p. 44)
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Today I would like to share with you a video:
It is sad that today people in Iran are being denied many of their human rights, including education. I implore you to take action and assist the members of our human family by contacting your government representatives. For we are all citizens not just of our individual countries, but of the world, and united we can influence our governments in a positive manner to abide by universal principles of ethics and decency.
According to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (passed by the United Nations in 1948), Education is a basic human right. In case you don’t have that article memorized, I’ve included it below:
- (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
- (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
- (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Our divine educators have also emphasized the importance of education.
“Bend your minds and wills to the education of the peoples and kindreds of the earth, that haply the dissensions that divide it may, through the power of the Most Great Name, be blotted out from its face, and all mankind become the upholders of one Order, and the inhabitants of one City.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh
“Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.” ~ Proverbs 23:12
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” ~ Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C. (The Buddha)
Or if you prefer, humorists:
Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog. ~Mark Twain
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If society invented the technology for you to know exactly when you would meet your soul mate would you get it? This is the question posed in the film TiMER. In this world science has invented a biotechnological implant that a person can get installed after puberty. Once installed in sets a timer that counts down to the day you will meet your soul mate. There are two catches – 1) it does not tell you who it just tells you when and 2) it only works if your soul mate also has one installed.
Imagine the joy and bliss of knowing just when you would meet “the one” and to no longer have to worry about it. With all the dating websites and self-help books out there, and with the divorce rate being what it is, its clear that some people would find this very enticing. But like anything, technology is a tool, and what if that tool doesn’t work? Imagine the knowledge that you would not meet your ‘one’ until you were in your 50s, effectively ruling out biological parenthood, or the anxiety and terror of a blank timer, of not knowing. It would be pretty much exactly how someone would feel today on the dating scene, only add the fact that other people could know for certain… and you don’t. Would you feel inadequate? Unlovable?
TiMER is a great thought piece, and whether or not you agree with how the characters choose to live their lives, or their reactions to the TiMER, it forces us to think about relationships and how, particularly in western culture, we go searching for ‘the one’. Music, books, films, and art in general fuel this desire, this longing to find our beloved. It expresses our longing to seek.
But what is it we are truly seeking? Because in reality there is no such thing as a ‘soul mate’. Our soul’s true mate is God, it’s creator, and that is who we long for. When we try to find that in another person, of course the relationship will struggle because unlike God humans are imperfect.
TiMER makes us think about this notion of ‘the One’ in a warped take on a romantic comedy. As we watch the characters in the film some reject the notion of the TiMER all together and either never get one, or remove theirs after being unable to deal with the waiting and/or not knowing.
So instead of trying to solve the notion of love through technology, like in the world of the film, how can we go about finding partners in love and creating successful relationships? What should we look for out there since we are not blessed with knowing ‘when’? We may not have the TiMER but luckily we have guidance in the Holy Writings to help us find a partner in love and marriage. Perhaps not “the” one but someone to make a life with, so I leave you with this quote on marriage:
“Bahá’í marriage is the commitment of the two parties one to the other, and their mutual attachment of mind and heart. Each must, however, exercise the utmost care to become thoroughly acquainted with the character of the other, that the binding covenant between them may be a tie that will endure forever. Their purpose must be this: to become loving companions and comrades and at one with each other for time and eternity….
The true marriage of Bahá’ís is this, that husband and wife should be united both physically and spiritually, that they may ever improve the spiritual life of each other, and may enjoy everlasting unity throughout all the worlds of God. This is Bahá’í marriage.”
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I just adore this music video and wanted to share it with you!
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It has been a great two years. Thank you readers for sticking with me! To celebrate I have included some wonderful passages from The Bahá’í Writings about joy and celebration.
Exalted art Thou, O my God! All mankind are powerless to celebrate Thy glory and the minds of men fall short of yielding praise unto Thee. ~ The Báb
The universe is wrapt in an ecstasy of joy and gladness. ~ Shoghi Effendi
Were it not to celebrate Thy praise, my tongue would be of no use to me, and were it not for the sake of rendering service to Thee, my existence would avail me not. But for the pleasure of beholding the splendours of Thy realm of glory, why should I cherish sight? And but for the joy of giving ear to Thy most sweet voice, of what use is hearing? ~ Bahá’u’lláh
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I would like to read this book.
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