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A Global Homeland

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:55 pm    Post subject: A Global Homeland Reply with quote

Bahá'ís understand that the dramatic changes and transformations in global human society over the last century —changes which have not yet run their full course —have been initiated by the coming of a new Messenger of God. It is the breaking light of a new Revelation that illuminates the divine pattern for future society.

IN RECENT YEARS, perhaps the most significant phenomenon on the international scene has been the process of “globalization” —the progressive “shrinking” of the world and an ever greater mixing of its people, cultures, and economics.

In countless books, news articles, and political speeches, the processes of globalization have been analyzed and reanalyzed. Some say it is a good thing; others say it is bad.

Those who defend globalization say it is bringing material prosperity to untold millions around the world, breaking down national, economic, and cultural barriers and helping to speed the process of peace-building.

Critics say that the chaotic manner in which market forces have scaled up to the global level has unleashed a destructive whirlwind that exploits workers, impoverishes the poor at the expense of the rich, wreaks environmental destruction, and drives the most disaffected to acts of terrorism. They say that globalization’s side effects are equally horrific, ranging from the spread of AIDS and drug abuse to the creation of a world monoculture that destroys local traditions and squelches diversity.

Either way, it is impossible to ignore the vast social, cultural, and political changes that stem from this process. Youth everywhere now seem to imbibe the same soft drinks, wear the same styles of clothing, and listen to the same type of music. Former global enemies now participate in joint peacekeeping missions. New patterns of emigration mean there are suddenly many more foreign faces and accents in every town and city.

For better or worse, human society is being dynamically reshaped in every land. And the ultimate trend is clear: we are witnessing nothing less than the emergence of a new civilization that is global in nature.

More than 100 years ago, Bahá’u’lláh articulated this new reality when He said:

“The earth is but one country, and man kind its citizens.”

The critical question facing humanity today is what sort of global civilization shall we have? Will it be dominated by a shallow materialism, in which people’s highest aspirations seem simply to be surrounded by products bearing fashionable corporate trademarks while billions live in abject poverty? Will it be one in which the losers of the game must surrender their culture, their jobs, and the natural beauty of their environment so that others elsewhere may prosper?

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