January 13, 2015, Prescott- (This is my third attempt at this post. Word Press has CENSORED the first two).
Now, then, there are many who are bothered by the idea of world government, including, apparently the people who run this site. I will once again address three areas of concern that have been expressed to me by good friends who are political conservatives, and presenting the Baha’i point of view on each.
1. Global dictatorship: Historically, every leader, or group, who have come to the fore by advancing themselves as Masters of the Planet, have been primarily interested in self-aggrandizement. This has transcended the “men of their time” argument, which may have been applicable to Hammurabi, at the dawn of civilization- then again he wasn’t interested in ruling the planet. The others, from Nebuchadnezzar and Ramses II to Hitler, Stalin and Saddam Hussein, as well as the dangerous “wannabes” of Islamic State, have shown more than a slight narcissistic tinge to the eye of history. Naturally, then, people turn a jaundiced eye towards any call for an international government.
The Baha’i Teachings acknowledge the need for, and progression towards, an international governmental structure. Our commercial systems have been global for several centuries now, and the systems of transportation and communication are commensurate with commerce. Technology has advanced to the point of near instantaneous contact with all but the most remote communities in the world. There are many conditions which are of concern to all residents of the planet.
The difference between the global system advocated by Baha’u’llah and those previously sought by authoritarian leaders is, simply, put: The people of the world will bring the former into being, not by violent revolution and uncontrollable blood lust, but by a carefully considered and informed, “ground-up” democratic process. There is no place in said global system for an army of jackbooted warriors, or for undisciplined thugs.
2. Deception: Scriptures of the past warn us to not fall for the honey-tongued promises of a false prophet. This is sage advice. Whenever change is widely-accepted as necessary, there are scores of individuals who come forth with “Our own” programs for healing the ills of the world. Again, most of these prove to be rooted in narcissism, if not greed. We are warned to “separate the wheat from the chaff” and “be alert to discern” good from evil masking as good. We see these readily today, in those who predicate their acts of terror on service to the Prophet, or to the Lord.
The Baha’i Teachings call for independent investigation of truth, for comparing the lives of leaders with their words. A life is a person’s most telling proof of honour and trustworthiness. Baha’u’llah writes “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.” Universal, compulsory education is also essential, as an educated people are less likely to be duped.
3. Loss of identity: This is the primary allure of nationalist, tribalist and religious fundamentalist movements. The fear of many is that, as large governments tend to be disconnected from the people they purport to rule, a global system would be far worse, and anonymity would befall the vast majority of the populace. Therefore, the words are: “Resist, stand your ground”.
Baha’u’llah teaches us to love unequivocally: Oneself, family, neighbours,community, town or city, state, nation and planet. In the world that is emerging, there is no need to sacrifice the social structure of the planet, at any level. “Be fair to yourself, and others”. “O ye beloved of the Lord! Commit not that which defileth the limpid stream of love or destroyeth the sweet fragrance of friendship. By the righteousness of the Lord! Ye were created to show love one to another and not perversity and rancour. Take pride not in love for yourselves but in love for your fellow-creatures. Glory not in love for your country, but in love for all mankind. Let your eye be chaste, your hand faithful, your tongue truthful and your heart enlightened. Abase not the station of the learned 139 in Bahá and belittle not the rank of such rulers as administer justice amidst you. Set your reliance on the army of justice, put on the armour of wisdom, let your adorning be forgiveness and mercy and that which cheereth the hearts of the well-favoured of God.”- LAWḤ-I-HIKMAT (Tablet of Wisdom)
I fully expect that, this time, this post will be on my site, to be read or ignored, freely, by those who happen upon it, without censorship.