Noble in a Rotten World

An apology to my son
Added: Tuesday, 10 February 2009

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A while ago I talked about a local journalist, a news department head, who decided not to run a story about a recent wave of persecutions against Bahais in Iran, because he said 'minorities' were not interesting. Much less in Iran.

For the most part the news reports of the persecutions of the Baha'is in Iran have been very subdued. But recently the open letter of apology that was directed at the Baha'is of Iran by Iranians all over the world, has been reported on quite a lot. And I have to say it makes me very happy and thankful.

Yes it's a small step for Iranians, but it's a big step for humanity. As Iranians, we're finding common ground and we're celebrating our diversity, by expressing this open apology. I think it's brilliant. Thank you, Iranians!

And it once again reminds me of how we are in fact noble. We are essentially good and selfless, and don't have to be selfish. We have the capacity to reach out as human beings and we have to nurture that side of our nature. This is a major theme in the Baha'i faith:

"O SON OF SPIRIT! I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting."

I've been a mom for several months and when I look into the eyes of my little baby boy I see that nobility. In his smile I recognize, on a very profound level, the purity and nobility of humanity. He makes me want to melt. And it reminds me to look for that spark of nobility, even in the most unlikely of people. Because we were all created noble.

I want to apologize to him for the world that he's inheriting from us. And I pray that he may rise up to the challenge and be an agent of change.

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