Seeing the good in things is one half of the coin. If you fail to acknowledge darkness, or blind yourself to it and focus on the good, then you're fooling yourself. Yes, some people are more conscious of human rights and equality, but that doesn't do for much when it just garners a Facebook Like and a week's worth of "campaigning for change". The people who actually do anything about it are few and far between, and the world has a long way to go.
Being spiritual has nothing to do with being realistic.
Fantastic. What are you doing to bring that about?
Don't assume to speak for what I think, lover. For the record I will have you know that I don't believe in ends, least of all the end of the world. Neither have I tossed in any towel, or given up on finding solutions. For solutions we've got to get our hands dirty, though; sitting around dreaming of baha'i-led golden ages just isn't going to cut the mustard.
We are nowhere near a "global village"; where did you get that notion? Was it from all the wars being waged, active and cold? Was it from the various political mistrusts and rivalries? Or was it the constant race to become the world's top dog superpower?
Sure doesn't bloody well seem like it. Even with baha'u'llah the world's a chaotic thing. Putting on rose-colored glasses doesn't change that.
The failings of this order is clearly acknowledged by Baha’u’llah... and He states the reason.
The winds of despair are, alas, blowing from every direction, and the strife that divideth and afflicteth the human race is daily increasing. The signs of impending convulsions and chaos can now be discerned, inasmuch as the prevailing order appeareth to be lamentably defective.- Baha’u’llah
So He has given us a blueprint based on His laws and Teachings for creating a world civilization that will bring about true happiness to replace this one that brings only war and misery.
It involves transformation of the individual, the community and the foundation upon which society is governed. It seeks to create virtuous, upright people and a system based on justice and human rights to replace the current one based on greed which centres around materialism, consumerism and personal desire.
This is built into a new universal education system that is the catalyst to transform people from a life centred on selfishness and the gratification of personal desires to one of service to humanity and one of upright character and virtue.
The Baha’is are changing the world by changing themselves and developing a new way of living that invites true happiness and a culture free from the horrors and corruption of this moribund order.
As the contrast between the Baha’i World Community and the old order grows, it will become clearer and more apparent just how wonderful the plan of Baha’u’llah to rejuvenate the world is,
While we are small in number and not greatly visible, people tend to underestimate the true value of the teachings of Baha’u’llah which teaches the oneness of all humanity, that we are all one family not segregated or divided except by ourselves. The world is one planet and we are it’s people.
The only way we can change this world is by changing ourselves and by founding a society upon universal common values where all are welcome as equals and all can live without fear of prejudices of race, nationality, religion or gender.
The unification of humanity is the next stage of our development. We have evolved from the city, state to the nation.
The big step now is to ‘reconcile our differences’.
The Baha’i World Community has proven, by its very existence, that the differences plaguing humanity can be overcome and we can unite. We are living proof.
We are comprised of once conflicting creeds, nationalities, races, tribes and classes now united as one community, as one family.
Our foundation is love and harmony not consumerism or capitalism. We function through consultation not dictatorial authority. Every person is heard. Service to humanity and the betterment of humanity not the glorification of the self is our goal.
There exists no war amongst Baha’is, no conflicting party politics, our purpose is not profit or worldly power but to create a peaceful, loving world where we can all get along.
As I said. The Baha’i World Community is living proof that we can and are creating a new world civilization.
Let us judge for ourselves whether these teachings will lead to the betterment of humanity or not by quoting one of them here.
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.