Posted by Bret (188.8.131.52) on May 01, 2002 at 19:08:09:
In Reply to: Why immigration is bad posted by Vincent on May 01, 2002 at 16:48:25:
Unfortunately I could not connect with the link to the article you posted, so I cannot comment on it, but I'd like to make a couple of comments on what you had to say.
I agree with you that differences can become a point of contention when people are faced with them, but I believe that the solution to dealing with differences is never isolation. Rather, it is best solved by the utilization of consultation, which results in interdependence.
Furthermore, Baha'is are not subscribers to any ideology, such as liberalism and the like as you have said, nor do Baha'is subscribe to the idea of multiculturalism, which is a fars for people who are trying to hide from the painfully obvious prejudices that exist in society by celebrating another culture while remaining isolated from the virtuous qualities of these cultures.
Try to understand that the world can no longer resist the forces that be, one of which is immigration. Wars and famines, amongst a variety of other social, political and economic factors, have left large groups of people with no choice but to migrate and immigrate. Moreover, these forces, while creating such strife, are also simultaneously being replaced by Baha'u'llah's global system for the imminent maturation of humanity.
Baha'u'llah has given humanity the ultimate solution. He basically handed world peace to the secular and religious leaders of His day, all but one of whom (Queen Victoria of England) rejected His summons. None of these kingdoms exists any longer except the U.K. Nevertheless, He then gave humanity a second chance. It's called the Lesser Peace and it will happen out of necessity as seperation and division continue to degenerate the fabric of the old world order. Then, humanity will have no choice, but to agree upon a system of law that, not only gives full liberation to individuals, but also does this in a manner that does not infringe upon the total security of a new global society. The catch phrase of the Baha'i Faith is "unity in diversity" and it is substantiated by the fact that the Baha'i Faith is documented as the most diverse group of organically unified humans on the planet.
Since my words are inadequate in the light of Shoghi Effendi's, great-grandson of Baha'u'llah and Guardian of the Baha'i Faith, to describe what the outcome of this quantum leap humanity is taking will be I turn to his words:
"The unity of the human race, as envisaged by Baha'u'llah, implies the establishment of a world commonwealth in which all nations, races, creeds, and classes, are closely and permenantly united, and in which the autonomy of its state members and the personal freedom and initiative of the individuals that compose them are definitely and completely safeguarded. This commenwealth must, as far as we can visualize it, consist of a world legislature, whose members will, as the trustees of the whole of mankind, ultimately control the entire resources of all the component nations, and will enact such laws as shall be required to regulated the life, satisfy the needs and adjust the relationships of all races and peoples. A world executive, backed by an international Force, will carry out the decisions arrived at, and apply the laws enacted by, this world legislature, and will safeguard the organic unity of the whole commenwealth. A world tribunal will adjudicate and deliver its compulsary and final verdictin all and any disputes that may arise between the various elements constituting this universal system. A mechanism of world-communication will be devised, embracing the whole planet, freed from national hinderances and restrictions, and functioning with marvellous swiftness and perfect regularity. A world metropolis will act as the nerve center of a world civilization, the focus of which the unifying forces of life will converge and from which its energizing influences will radiate. A world language will either be invented or chosen from among the existing languages and will be taught in the schools of all the federated nations as an auxiliary to their mother tongue. A world script, a world literature, a uniform and universal system of currency, of weights and measures, will simplify and facilitate intercourse and understanding among the nations and races of mankind. In such a world society, science and religion, the two most potent forces in human life, will be reconciled, will co-operate, and will harmoniously develop. The press will, under such a system, while giving full scope to the expression of the diversified views and convictions of mankind, cease to be mischievously manipulated by the vested interests, whether private or public, and will be liberated from the influence of contending governments and peoples. The economic resources of the world will be tapped and fully utilized, its markets will be co-ordinated and developed, and the distribution of its products will be equitably regulated.
National rivalries, hatreds and intrigues will cease, and racial animosity and prejudice will bereplaced by racial amity, understanding and co-operation. The causes of religious strife will be permanantly removed, economic barriers and restrictions will be completely abolished, and the inordinate distinction between classes will be obliterated. Destituation on the one hand, and gross accumulation of wealth on the other will disappear. The enormous energy dissipated and wasted on war, whether economic or political, will be consecrated to such ends as will extend the range of human inventions and technical developement, to the increase of the productivity of mankind, to the extermination of disease, to the extension of scientific research, to the raising of the standard of physical health, to the sharpening and refinement of the human brain, to the exploitation of the unused and unsuspected resources of the planet, to the prolongation of human life, and to the furtherance of any other agency that can stimulate the intellectual, the moral, and the spiritual life of the entire human race.
A world federal system, ruling the whole earth and exercising unchallengable authority over its unimaginably vast resources, blending and embodying the ideals of both the East and the West, liberated from the curse of war and its miseries, and bent on the exploitation of all the available sources of energy on the surface of the planet, a system in which Force is made the servant of Justice, whose life is sustained by its universal recognition of one God and by its allegiance to one common Revelation-such is the goal towards which humanity, impelled by the unifying forces of life, is moving."
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