Reading the news these days can be very depressing. It seems that every corner of the globe is being battered by economic problems, environmental problems, social problems… And even all the experts and leaders, who used to talk with such conviction, all throw up their hands and say they don’t know what to do!
But as a Baha’i I believe this is part of the process of the birth of a new kind of world, one global in scope and fundamentally spiritual in nature. These tests and this suffering is necessary so that we begin to think less about ourselves and more about others, and less about the material and more about the spiritual.
Baha’u’llah says that the “world is in travail”, but also tells us that out of the process a new world will be born. The process won’t be easy, but I believe this is the time that we must begin to look at the world with new eyes, with the eyes of faith, and work for this goal. It is also a time when we can look within ourselves to see how we can create positive change.
For my part I wanted to share a gift of a song, Should Prosperity Befall Thee, which seems particularly appropriate for this time (the guitar is performed by Jason Cohen and produced by Jarome Matthew). The words come from the Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah and say “Should prosperity befall thee, rejoice not, and should abasement come upon thee, grieve not, for both shall pass away and be no more.”