John Taylor's Column

John Taylor lives in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada and is an essayist

Racial Amity

Racial Amity

By Louis G. Gregory

From Bahai Year Book, 1925-1926, Bahai Publishing Trust, Wilmette,
Ill., 1926, pp. 165-169
-Report of an Address given at the First Convention for Amity between
the white and colored races, held at Washington, D. C.
(JET: scanned on April 25, 2006; I have changed some orthography and
added paragraph breaks.)

"All races, tribes, sects and classes share equally in the bounty of
their Heavenly Father. The only real difference lies in the degree of
faithfulness, of obedience to the laws of God. There are some who are
as lighted torches; there are others' who shine as stars in the sky of
humanity. The lovers of mankind, these are the superior men, of
whatever nation, creed or color they may be." ('Abdu'l-Baha, Paris
Talks, 148)

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Weariness of Earth

Global Dimming and the Weariness of Earth

By John Taylor; 2006 April 24

Back in our Ancaster High and Vocational School geography class in the
early 1970's I still recall when my teacher explained about the
greenhouse effect. This phenomenon, he said, keeps greenhouses warm in
winter and on a broader scale it applies to whole planets. Venus, for
example, is superheated by its atmosphere and no life can sustain
itself there, in spite of the fact that it is within the same
hospitable belt as Earth and Mars, where sunlight is theoretically
moderate enough to sustain life. He said that human pollution produces
carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that can bring about global warming,
here, on Earth.

This seemed alarmist, an infinity from my teenaged world. An idea
popped into my head.

I put up my hand and asked, "Well, if air pollution increases, won't
clouds reflect off the sunlight into space? Won't that actually
decrease global temperatures?"

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Old Economics Article

THE ECONOMIC TEACHING OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA

By MARY H. FORD
From Baha'i Year Book, 1925-1926, Baha'i Publishing Trust, Wilmette,
Ill., 1926, p. 170

The world vision of 'Abdu'l-Baha included in every way the betterment
of mankind. This betterment must be physical as well as spiritual for
the enlightened individual cannot continue to exist under conditions
that are only suitable for a primitive creature. 'Abdu'l-Baha says the
day of force has passed, the day of love has dawned. In the ages
behind us force and competition constituted the laws of being, but in
the period we are entering love and co-operation wil1 be the
dominating principles. The Messenger of God, always the Divine
Educator in each new age, reveals laws for the founding of a divine
civilization.

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Ridvan Speculation

Ridvan Speculation: Just What Does Ridvan Mean?

By John Taylor; 2006 April 20

Happy Ridvan, dear friends. For those who want a good general summary
of what this holiest Baha'i festival is I recommend the following
short article about Ridvan on the website of the Baha'is of America.

http://www.bahai.us/content/view/171/154/

What I would like to do on the Badi' list today is examine the meaning
of the word "Ridvan." What does this Arabic term mean, as used by
Baha'u'llah?

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