One-Planet Thinking

The idea that the world is one nation is nothing new. Over 150 years ago, the founder of the Baha段 tradition in Iran had something very pointed and true to say about those who love their country to the exclusion of the family of humanity. Brother Wayne Teasdale provides thought-provoking commentary. Read both Baha置値lah痴 highly quotable quote, and Teasdale痴 thoughts, here:

It is not for him to pride himself who loves his own country, but rather for him who loves the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.
–Baha置値lah

Baha置値lah, the founder of the Baha段 tradition in Iran, saw the terrible toll the nation state and blind nationalism took and would continue to take in world history. Love of one痴 own country, although admirable, could not hold as a virtue for the whole world. Our own age, a hundred and fifty years after Baha置値lah痴, is proving his adage again, with the inevitable forces of globalism bringing the human family together–for good and bad. The retrogressive forces of tribalism and narrow notions of culture and religion are reacting violently to this inevitable trend, but the coming together of the planet as one community cannot be stopped. The planet itself is our real nation, and we are all members of that larger society. The enlightened have to put the interests of humankind and the natural world before the interests of individual communities. This is the demand of our time.

Adapted from The Mystic Hours, by Wayne Teasdale (New World Library, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Wayne Teasdale. Reprinted by permission of New World Library.
Adapted from The Mystic Hours, by Wayne Teasdale (New World Library, 2004).

10 comments

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Very true. If only people would take it to heart.

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Ann W.
Ann W.5 years ago

so true. and add a military driven foreign policy . . . frightening.

Kim Stueck
Kim Stueck5 years ago

Thanks!

Heri S.
Heri S.5 years ago

Thanks for Posting

gail d.
gail dair5 years ago

thanks for post

Jessie M.
Jessie M.5 years ago

Thank you, those thoughts make so much sense.

Jennifer C.
Jennifer C.6 years ago

This is a belief that will still take time to be accepted. It seems the only time the world pulls together for the same goal is when a crisis has occured. Perhaps one day this theory with become a reality, but until then ... I'll take mankinds one action at a time. When put together they add up to some amazing achievements.

GreenseasKat C.
kathryn cook6 years ago

thanks for the post