RECENT events in the world's financial markets are a testament, perhaps as never before, of the global village which we inhabit.
In the words of Bahá'u'lláh, the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, "The Earth is but one country and mankind, its citizens". The interdependence of nations in every sphere can no longer be validly disputed.
Bahá'u'lláh teaches that there are essentially two dimensions to the nature of human beings. One relates to the physical being - an instinctive drive motivating physical survival. The other is the distinguishing feature of the human race and finds expression in the need for a meaning to life beyond physical existence. The individual's purpose is to develop this noble side and collectively to "carry forward an ever-advancing civilisation".
Clearly, the creation of wealth is the cornerstone of any improvement in the material welfare of society. We must distinguish, however, between creating real wealth and the process of merely accumulating wealth.
The Bahá'í writings do not object to personal wealth and the importance of being compensated according to one's effort and merit is emphasised. However, the excesses of wealth and poverty are condemned as denoting injustice. Far from condemning the wealth creation process, it is regarded as a means through which poverty is eliminated, welfare is provided for the least able and a progressive and just society established.
The profit motive must be guided by moral values, which are currently fundamentally lacking in human society and we are paying the price.
Bahá'í Community of Solihull