|There has never
been a futurist, a forecaster, or a prophet whose vision has so accurately foreseen the
critical features of the landscape before humanity.
One of the extraordinary features of the writings of Bahá'u'lláh is the degree to which they accurately forecast the
cutting edge issues that humanity has increasingly faced.
Throughout His writings, Bahá'u'lláh
called for a complete restructuring of the global social order. His vision of renewal
touches on all aspects of life, from personal morality to economics and governance; from
community development to religious practice.
The central theme of Bahá'u'lláh's writings is that
humanity is one single race and the day has come for its unification into one global
society. Through an irresistible historical process, the traditional barriers of race,
class, creed, faith and nation will break down. These forces will, Bahá'u'lláh said,
give birth in time to a new universal civilization. The crises now afflicting the planet
face all its peoples with the need to accept their oneness and work towards the creation
of a unified global society.
Bahá'u'lláh outlined certain
fundamental principles upon which this new world civilization should be founded. These
include the elimination of all forms of prejudice; full equality between the sexes;
recognition of the essential oneness of the world's great religions; the elimination of
extremes of poverty and wealth; universal education; a high standard of personal conduct;
the harmony of science and religion; a sustainable balance between nature and technology;
and the establishment of a world federal system, based on collective security and the
oneness of humanity.
Covering questions pertaining to the role of women, race
relations, economic justice, environmental degradation, and world order, these principles
illustrate the concerns that have fueled the century's most dynamic movements. And,
accordingly, they have come to head the social and political agenda of humanity.
There has never been a futurist, a forecaster, or a prophet
whose vision has so accurately foreseen the critical features of the social landscape. Far
from fading, a century after He lived, the issues Bahá'u'lláh
focused on have come to dominate the collective life of humanity.
Unity the Theme
The Bahá'í Faith's progressive approach to
human society originates with Bahá'u'lláh's emphasis on unity. Indeed, if one were to
characterize His teachings in a single word, that word would be unity.
Throughout His writings, Bahá'u'lláh
emphasized the importance--and the reality--of unity and oneness. First, God is one. All
of the world's great religions are also one. They represent humanity's responses to the
revelations of the word and will of God for humanity by successive Messengers from the one
God. These understandings lie at the heart of the concept of unity in Bahá'u'lláh's
From this fundamental concept of Divine and
religious unity, other principles emerge. Bahá'u'lláh teaches
that all humans, as creations of the one God, are also one people. Distinctions of race,
nation, class or ethnic origin are ephemeral when understood in this context. Likewise,
any notions of individual, tribal, provincial or national superiority are discarded in the
Bahá'í Faith. Speaking through Bahá'u'lláh, the voice of God
proclaims: "Know ye not why We created you
all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all
times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same
substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat
with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds
and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made