Dec 21, 2008 … The act of edifying, or the state of being edified; a building up, especially in a moral or spiritual sense; moral, intellectual, …
A perusal of the blogs by Baha’is on the sidebar reveals some great new postings for your immediate edification. I am so impressed with the quality of Jeune Street and Everybody Means Something, new blogs offering material of great substance. There is a sweet tsunami of quality blogging coming out of the UK these days. (Even the guest-written piece in Baha’i Perspectives is by a Brit-based Baha’i.) There has been a focused collective effort by the friends there, with the result, a sort of British blogging invasion of the blogosphere, that is most welcome and much to the benefit of perceptive readers around the globe. Thank you, Barney, for all of your leadership in this arena. -gw
The use of economic sanctions assumes that life can be made miserable enough for the masses that they will mobilize to hold their government accountable. But the poorest generally suffer the most and don’t always resort to democratic means to express their resentment. In Iran, for example, it’s the poor who have provided the electoral base for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his conservative coalition to capture power.
In 2007, Foreign Policy magazine said it was the second fastest growing religion in the world. Islam being the first.
So why has this revolution been largely ignored?
The answer is, as Gill Scott Heron sings, because the ‘revolution will not be televised.’
He ends his poem with ‘The revolution is live’.
Khomeini replied, “They are a political faction; they are harmful. They will not be accepted.”
“How about their freedom of religion – religious practice?” Cockroft asked.
“No,” said Khomeini, and with that single syllable put an end to hope for the Baha’is in Iran.
The first presents an interesting challenge and invite us to debate. The later, although fictitious, is a short description of the cruel situation of the Bahá’ís in Iran today.
I did a search on the word “Davos ”, where a privileged group of mostly males recently admitted their inability to see a solution for the global crisis, and I found an op-ed that also pointed toward women:
From the New York Times: Mistresses of the Universe “Banks around the world desperately want bailouts of billions of dollars, but they also have another need they’re unaware of: women
I ended the previous post wondering what it is like to experience my soul. I hinted that there is something about our inner experience, something with which we are all very familiar, which might just be the end of a piece of string that is tied to our soul, the experience of soul in consciousness if you like.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, along with therapies like Psychosynthesis as well as Existentialist writers and millenia of meditators, have all homed in on the one same remarkable capacity of our minds. I can look into my own mind and watch it: we can reflect. I can see the contents of my consciousness passing through my mind. ‘Oh look!’ I can say to myself, ‘There’s a feeling of anger. There’s a thought about fish and chips. Oh, and there goes a plan to go shopping tomorrow.’ I think we all know what that feels like already or can at least confirm that we can do it with just a small amount of effort: we can separate our consciousness from its contents.