Posted by Vincent (188.8.131.52) on May 04, 2002 at 00:15:46:
In Reply to: Re: Immigration inevitable posted by Nick Stone on May 03, 2002 at 07:31:44:
I'll take you at your word that the Baha'is are happily multicultural and international, just like Esperanto back in the old days. But no society has ever been Baha'i, you've always been just one competing group within the larger society. There's no reason to think a Baha'i country--or a Baha'i world, if we can imagine such a thing--would avoid dividing along ethnic, linguistic, or some similar lines.
Every human society has divisions. The question is, which groups will be present to be competing against one another? When it is the Germans and French, certain standards of civilization prevail even during war (Geneva conventions, Red Cross, etc.). When it is the Tutsis and the Hutus...well, let's just say I'd rather live next to Europeans than Africans. And so would the Africans, I think.
What Baha'i really reminds me of is the situation under Soviet Communism. Oh, the liberals here thought that was a GREAT idea. All races and nations would be united, the rich would share with the poor, a new civilization was dawning. Now you tell me that the main reason this didn't work, was that Communism didn't believe in the right prophet? Come on, a predominantly Baha'i society would be a hell on earth.
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