The idea that the world is one nation is nothing new. Over 150 years ago, the founder of the Baha’i 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’u’llah’s highly quotable quote, and Teasdale’s 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’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i 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’s own country, although admirable, could not hold as a virtue for the whole world. Our own age, a hundred and fifty years after Baha’u’llah’s, 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.