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I think that the Baha'i have it right. Their principles
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:47am

contain some great wisdom. Emphasis mine.

The oneness of mankind.
Humans are all [metaphorical] brothers and sisters and should behave that way.

Universal peace upheld by a world government.
A great idea as soon as all governments are democratically elected and not before.

Independent investigation of truth.
Each person must think for him/herself and must learn how to think intelligently.

The common foundation of all religions.
All major religions, with the possible exception of Islam, believe in the Golden Rule, which is the fundamental principle of all morality.

The essential harmony of science and religion.
Any scripture that contradicts Science must be re-interpreted to establish harmony. Religious scripture must be taken as moral imperative, not scientific fact.

Equality of men and women.
Clearly true in rights and responsibilities, false in certain bodily features. We are only a few thousand years behind on this one.

Elimination of prejudice of all kinds.
Prejudice is the drawing of conclusions without evidence, with inadequate evidence, or with defective reasoning.

Universal compulsory education.
Manifestly necessary for a modern society.

A spiritual solution to the economic problem.
There are three major causes of human problems:
1. Overpopulation
2. Fanaticism
3. Greed
All three require fundamental revisions in attitudes.

A universal auxiliary language.
Already coming along very quickly, that language being, obviously, English. In many ways, English is a superior language, one reason being its extremely flexible grammar and another being its huge vocabulary. Combining these with the historical fact that English speaking people invented the Internet, and the there is no contest.

Also, Baha'i forbids: (from same source as above)
Drug abuse.
Consumption of
Gossip and
Adultery and

A better set of moral principles has never been promulgated in my opinion. I object to the codification of all of them in secular law, but feel that adherence to these principles should be voluntary (except for proscription of murder & theft). I am opposed to Gambling, Drug abuse, Consumption of alcohol, Adultery and Promiscuity, which is why I do not engage in them. But I refuse to impose my personal moral principles on others or to codify them in secular law. Prohibition does not work.

Before anybody asks me why I do not join Baha'i, I will answer:
Because I do not believe in the divine revelation of the ideas of its founder, Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri. Rather, I feel that Ali Nuri was a moral and political genius who came up with this great program as a result of his own intelligence guided by education and personal experience.


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