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by Sean H.
Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:13 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: OVERCOMING THE CHAOS OF INTELLECTUAL DIVERSITY
Replies: 27
Views: 34998

green meme / Jean Gebser's book "The Ever-Present Origi

Majnun, We live in a complex world, not premodern tribal life. Simply trying to understand Baha'i scripture, with its esoteric sufi/metaphysical motifs, at least in a holistic manner, would take most people several lifetimes. The idea that a "real" global civilization can be cooked up easily is biza...
by Sean H.
Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:49 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: THINKERS ANONYMOUS
Replies: 12
Views: 16499

substitute "drink" for "think"

To state what is presumably obvious, it is a joke: substitute "drink" for "think". (where "drink" means alcoholic beverage) The humor lies in equating "thinking" as a addictive/dangerous/unacceptable social activity with alcohol consumption. Since I 'm not up on posts for the last couple of months, ...
by Sean H.
Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:56 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i writings denounce communism?
Replies: 5
Views: 12103

romanticism/Gewaltmenschen

communism and fascism are both outgrowths of romanticism, which was a movement that attempted to reject the "conditions of modernity" (industrialization, capitalism, democracy). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourgeoisie - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanticism - http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/cgi-lo...
by Sean H.
Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:13 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: God Bless America
Replies: 16
Views: 17892

George Lakoff (harmony of science, religion and politics?)

personal statement of bias: I'm a John McCain supporter. Independent. fwiw, since I'm an ex-Baha'i, I am willing to speak more openly than many Baha'is about "politics", but I'm mainly interested in political sociology as it related to consciousness studies. Talking about things like public schools ...
by Sean H.
Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:44 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: God Bless America
Replies: 16
Views: 17892

Re: God Bless America

As Baha'is, how patriotic can we be without looking partisan? BW, The whole issue is determined by the varying perceptions of people receiving a statement of "patriotism". Liberals and progressives (post-moderns/greens/etc.), in general, will obviously become very upset, or at least annoyed, when h...
by Sean H.
Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:37 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: GOD'S SPIRITUAL SOVEREIGNTY OVER all men of all faiths, and
Replies: 17
Views: 23053

_Ever Present Origin_ and "green meme"

richard, I greatly appreciate the time and effort you put into your excellent response. There are clearly "healthy" and "unhealthy" forms of post-modernism (the "green meme" to use Spiral Dynamics terms). I would guess that you are an "exiting" green, and are quite ready to make the jump to "transce...
by Sean H.
Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:25 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: GOD'S SPIRITUAL SOVEREIGNTY OVER all men of all faiths, and
Replies: 17
Views: 23053

evolution of spirituality/consciousness

richard, Thanks for insightfully praising Tawna's beautiful statement of the universalist nature of the Baha'i perspective on "salvation", and for explicating the general idea of universalism as it applies to recognition of a "higher authority" required for the elimination of religious exclusivity -...
by Sean H.
Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: What does Salvation mean?
Replies: 7
Views: 10226

slavery, freedom, & redemption/salvation

re: slavery, freedom, & redemption/salvation "Salvation" defined in comparative-religion terms: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvation The definition under the "Calvinism" section in the above article is probably what most americans and/or protestants would think of, so please note the existence...
by Sean H.
Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:42 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: About my resignation
Replies: 2
Views: 5130

About my resignation

The following insults by a "Baha'i" were made on this forum about a subject that people apparently need some clarification of. http://bahai-library.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?t=860 "Obviously, being a self-proclaimed ex-Baha'i, you have rejected Baha'u'llah (and by extension God) so any 'Baha'i answer...
by Sean H.
Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: the new European superpower
Replies: 2
Views: 12861

anti-semetic? Bourgeoisophobes?

The Soviets/Russians have of course had a long, dismal history of anti-semetic (and other ethnic) prejudices, which resulted in the deaths of huge numbers of people during "purges", probably approaching 10 to 20 million. Please note that Nazism and Fascism rest of a foundation of apocalyptic Christi...
by Sean H.
Sat Aug 26, 2006 9:54 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: New Member
Replies: 28
Views: 35927

parallel paradigm shifts 1800s east/west?

(edited to add a URL) Abbas, I think the best place to start is http://bahai-library.com/?file=introductory_information , where I've cross-listed some of the more useful and general overviews of the Baha'i Faith and its history. Jonah, Thanks for the excellent feedback, and for providing such an abu...
by Sean H.
Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:54 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: New Member
Replies: 28
Views: 35927

Dawn breakers

(I'm not an expert, the following comments are random impressions.) The clasic book about the early history of the Babi/Baha'i Faiths is titled "Dawn Breakers". I'm not sure if it is still published or available, but someone on this forum should easily be able to give you that information. It isn't ...
by Sean H.
Wed Aug 23, 2006 6:25 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should non- or ex-Baha'is be allowed; should I post warnings
Replies: 20
Views: 22859

fanaticism, part III???

like the heinous attacks on the Faith perpetrated by outsiders Can you point me to any examples? Please post the URLs and describe which specific posts you think should be deleted. Thanks, -Jonah The user epierce on in this topic: < http://bahai-library.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?t=925&start=26 >...
by Sean H.
Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:10 am
Forum: News
Topic: Amazon touts anti-Israeli views,
Replies: 18
Views: 40258

more evasions

Hi all, I've been away for a while so I'll just share some thoughts. Tedious. Eric: you refer to a "Baha'i left" a few times. Yes. This is somewhat of an "inside" joke. It is a "take off" on the common term "pc/left" (pc=politically correct) used by some conservatives to (correctly, IMO) lampoon th...
by Sean H.
Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:55 am
Forum: News
Topic: an ambitious goal: to "defeat scientific materialism
Replies: 1
Views: 5402

both "sides" are right and wrong

Discovery Institute is clearly wrong about the vast majority of the "science" involved with evolution. On the other hand, they are right that "science" is a product of liberalism (which rejects "traditional authority", including most religion), and as such, is quite hostile to spirituality. Mainstre...
by Sean H.
Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:07 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should non- or ex-Baha'is be allowed; should I post warnings
Replies: 20
Views: 22859

Baha'i fanaticism, nothing new, predictable and boring

richard and Brent, I don't have time for a long reply recognising in detail the tremendous erudition of what both of you have said, but just wanted to let you know that I greatly appreciate what you have both said, you are great examples of wisdom, tact and true spiritual insight. I understand the i...
by Sean H.
Sun Aug 20, 2006 12:54 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Judging the spiritual condition of others
Replies: 12
Views: 14163

"dysfunctionality" and "tikkun"

In listening to the CD from the most recent US National Convention, it sounds like the delegates felt that they were moving from pseudo-community forward. There were several heartfelt comments from Baha'is feeling they were really heard, particularly from African-American friends. I've seen slow fo...
by Sean H.
Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:59 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Judging the spiritual condition of others
Replies: 12
Views: 14163

"community practice"

Brent, Thanks for another extraordinarily informative post. An additional element is that the nature of "community" itself is an object of considerable study. (more generally, "organizational culture" is known to have universal characteristics, whether religious groups, businesses, and most other gr...
by Sean H.
Sat Aug 19, 2006 9:10 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should I study to be a doctor, or engineer?
Replies: 22
Views: 22490

Re: influence of "western"/modernist ideas

...Also, if God's hand was exclusive in shaping the thoughts of Shoghi Effendi, why even bother sending him to england for a "western" education in the first place? Regards, Eric If God is/was then why ... blah blah blah ... Answer: Always has been and always will be for Justice to be known. onenes...
by Sean H.
Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:19 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should I study to be a doctor, or engineer?
Replies: 22
Views: 22490

influence of "western"/modernist ideas

A further comment on the influences on the Guardian at his various educational institutions. The following is a pilgrim's note: " . . .the Master turned again to me and said: "At the present time the British Empire is the greatest and is still expanding and its language is a world language. My futu...
by Sean H.
Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:02 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Are baha'is against individuality and freedom of thought?
Replies: 16
Views: 20653

Baha'i mantra about the evils of "western individualism

BW, Who is the "we" that you mention? Under what auspices are you speaking for anyone other than yourself? If none, then please refrain from using rhetorical devices that imply that you represent some group of people. You have made some extremely foul accusations, misrepresentations and incorrect as...
by Sean H.
Thu Aug 17, 2006 5:17 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should I study to be a doctor, or engineer?
Replies: 22
Views: 22490

"The Guardian of course was schooled in France and England, and probably absorbed a bias against "american populism/libertarianism" (the tradition of political decentralization) as a result." I may be mistaken, but I believe the sequence of the Guardian's education was: 1. The "College des Freres" ...
by Sean H.
Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:17 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should I study to be a doctor, or engineer?
Replies: 22
Views: 22490

expertise and the vernacular

. . . As for seeking out the opinions of the learned and the wise, we are quite accustomed to this, since it is something that humans have been doing for centuries. Unfortunately, we are now taking this to the degree that we are creating a polarization between "those who know and those who do not k...
by Sean H.
Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:57 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Are baha'is against individuality and freedom of thought?
Replies: 16
Views: 20653

proposed intelligent debate questions

Qtd. in letter from House of Justice to individual believer (09/21/97): 'Abdu'l-Baha: There are three types of freedom... ...The third freedom is that which is born of obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Almighty. This is the freedom of the human world, where man severs his affections from ...
by Sean H.
Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:47 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Are baha'is against individuality and freedom of thought?
Replies: 16
Views: 20653

Every organization -- and religious organizations are no exception -- has its people who do not like authority. Correct, and frequently for good reason. On the other hand, some forms of anti-authoritarianism are highly dysfunctional, if not pathological. What is required is a context in which to se...
by Sean H.
Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Should I study to be a doctor, or engineer?
Replies: 22
Views: 22490

welfare dept., community services directory

Brent, Community colleges are usually an excellent place to get basic career counseling, thanks for making that suggestion. My wife is a career counselor with the local welfare department (county government). Career counseling services might similarly be available for low-income people (including un...

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