Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Unifying Thought

As members of the U.S. Congress deal with budget issues (while well aware that the Nation suffers from a bad economy), it becomes clear that members of the Congress and the public hold many diverse views. In order to reach a decision, the Congress needs to create some sort of unity out of the diversity of options.

Here is what Abdu'l-Baha has said about unity and diversity:

"Thus should it be among the children of men! The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord. If you meet those of different race and colour from yourself, do not mistrust them and withdraw yourself into your shell of conventionality, but rather be glad and show them kindness. Think of them as different coloured roses growing in the beautiful garden of humanity, and rejoice to be among them." (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 53)

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