This past weekend I attended a conference at which almost every speaker shared at least one of the quotes from the writings of Abdu'l-Baha. While no one quoted the passage posted below, the words in the following passage express the thoughts expounded upon by the speakers at the Conference that I recently attended:
"There is not one soul whose conscience does not testify that in this day there is no more important matter in the world than that of Universal Peace. Every just one bears witness to this and adores that esteemed Assembly 1 because its aim is that this darkness may be turned into light, this bloodthirstiness into kindness, this torment into bliss, this hardship into ease and this enmity and hatred into fellowship and love. Therefore the effort of those esteemed souls is worthy of praise and commendation.
But the wise souls who are aware of the essential relationships emanating from the realities of things consider that one single matter cannot, by itself, influence the human reality as it ought and should, for until the minds of men become united, no important matter can be accomplished. At present Universal Peace is a matter of great importance, but unity of conscience is essential, so that the foundation of this matter may become secure, its establishment firm and its edifice strong. "
The above quote is from the book FOUNDATIONS OF WORLD UNITY