March 23, 2020-
I watched a video last night, which, while not made by a Baha’i, explains Baha’u’llah’s vision of a unified planet, perfectly. The part that is most relevant for what we are seeing now is this: Earth is in the beginning stages of cleansing, with simultaneous earth quakes and a huge humanitarian crisis forming the physical manifestations of that cleansing. What is most needed, for us to build out of these calamities, is true unity of the human race. This is starting to appear in several countries, with the United States conspicuous in its absence from their number.
Instead, what we are seeing is the same intense squabbling over details of a national response that has been part of the American scene since the Constitutional Convention of 1781-88. Back then, there was no real nation, so the states and territories had time to sit and hash things out. The governors and legislators, back home, had matters pretty much in hand.
Governors and legislatures have things in hand today, as well, to varying degrees. At the Federal level, though, no such luck. The two “sides” have pretty much continued throwing bones to their bases, forgetting that, in a pinch, liberals and conservatives left to themselves, without being poked and prodded from above, can get along quite nicely. I have friends on all points along the spectrum, and do not think of any of them as worthless or a waste of DNA. Everyone has a piece of the truth.
The jigsaw puzzle, though, is being kept unfinished by perfectionist wire-pullers, for whom a solution would be like poison. For them, being in positions of power is the most critical state of affairs. Unity, in their view, would lead to wisdom among the populace, who would then cease to follow the leaders.
More’s the pity. Unity among the people would only enhance the grand national economy, cherished by conservatives. Unity would decrease, drastically, the number of marginalized people, a major concern of liberals and progressives. It would show that “white nationalism” is a myth made up out of whole cloth and would also diminish the need for a the trappings of a Nanny State-so counterproductive to human dignity.
It can be accomplished in either of two ways: Leaders showing the resolve to put the country ahead of any personal or partisan ambitions, and encouraging people to work together OR fed-up groups taking matters into their own hands, with a possibly long and bloody conflict, that would make the Civil War look like childsplay.
It is time, past time, to stop squeezing the bases. Let it be known that love of country and its people, at long last trumps ambition.