February 29, 2020-
Whilst working as a teacher aide in a small school in Maine, I was paired with a seasoned teacher, who also happened to have been born on February 29. She had flexible birthday celebrations, usually sticking with the 28th, for the three years that her actual birthday was not on the calendar.
Leap Day has long been a source of fascination to me, as my own date of birth is the 28th of November, and thus I mark mensiversaries in my mind-especially as I’ve gotten on in years. So, today is a bonus, of sorts, as I mark being 69 1/4 years of age.
Many of us take quantum leaps in our minds, in any given area of life with which we may be dissatisfied, or in which we think matters are not quite moving in the direction that they might. Flights of fancy, while temporarily assuaging discomfort, don’t actually end up solving problems.
They do, however, many times end up being the grist for ideas which may be practical, in a future time. Baha’u’llah offered many concepts, in the mid-to late-19th Century, which seemed ludicrous in the context of that day and age, but many of which make sense now, and others which are predicated on Mankind’s moving beyond the mindset of even our relatively global way of thinking.
Most people, with whom I speak about the Baha’i Faith, are fine with the Oneness of the Human Race, overcoming prejudices, equality of men and women and universal peace. The mechanics and details are another matter. No one, including the Baha’is, wants to see a world government that is less than transparent, or less than a government which honours dignity, harmony and participation by the people. The difference in opinion comes largely from fear that ANY global entity will have nefarious purposes. Christ warns about such tyranny, and so does Baha’u’llah. Only after world peace is truly established, can serious talk about democratically-elected international bodies be undertaken.
So, we continue to take leaps of faith and of mental acuity. Some are quantum in nature; others are more tenuous. I have done both, in my mind, all the while recognizing that some ideas that I have are bound to prove as practical as my short legs would be, were I to attempt Parkour. It’s worth the mental effort, though, to at least run them through my mind.
Happy Leap Day, all!