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The 10th Stage of History: The First 50 Years: 1963-2013

AuthorRon Price
Title of item
The 10th Stage of History: The First 50 Years: 1963-2013
Subtitle of item
Pioneering Over Four Epochs, Section VIII Poetry
Section VIII: Poetry
Parent publication   Pioneering Over Four Epochs: An Autobiographical Study and a Study in Autobiography
Date of this edition 2006
Permission public domain
Posted 2006-03-01 by Ron Price
Classified in Essays and poetry by Ron Price
Abstract In 1953 Shoghi Effendi outlined a ten stage sequence or framework for the study of contemporary history from a Baha'i perspective. In this framework the 10th, and final stage, began in 1963. All of my pioneering life has taken place in this stage.
Notes The focus for the poetry and prose found in this document is on the first half century of this tenth and final stage of history(1963-2015)beginning, as that stage did, with the world's first global and democratic election. The Universal House of Justice, the trustee of the global undertaking set in motion by events over a century ago, and associated with the life of Baha'u'llah, has been at the centre of my life since 1963 when I was 19.

The Universal House of Justice, with its seat in Haifa Israel, represents another institutional stage in the fully legitimate institutionalization, routinization as the sociologist Max Weber might have put it, of Baha'u'llah's charismatic Force. My poetry and prose in this document deals with aspects of the first fifty-two years since this apex of Bahai Administration was put in place, and since this 10th stage of history has begun to unravel decade by decade from 1963 to 2015.

In many ways my life goal has been to serve as a precisioned instrument for this trustee of the global undertaking outlined in the massive corpus of Baha'u'llah's writings: 1852-1892. These early decades, the first half century, of this 10th stage of history, as well as the 9th stage(1953-1963) during which I was first associated with this Faith, can also be seen as part of a prelude to an eventual mass conversation to the Baha'i Faith.

Often not very precisioned an instrument, this pioneer tells his story, his Faith's story and his society's story--only part of these now massive and complex stories. The subject matter here, part of a large poetic opus-epic, I dedicate to that trustee. I trust I offer, too, a perspective on the feeling of confidence with which Baha'is the world over contemplate the future of our planet and our race in spite of the many calamities of our time.

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