Posted by: samandal | December 10, 2009

The Pearl of Gift

Human Rights Day

“Scapegoating is a form of murder.”                                                                (Keith Michael Hearit: The Use of Counter-Attack in Public Relations, page 47)

“Be watchful, for perchance there may be violators (náqidín) of the Covenant among you. Do not listen to them … All have been commanded to obey the Covenant, and the first admonition is addressed to the sons of Bahá’u’lláh, the Branches: ‘You must turn to the appointed Center; He is the expounder of the Book.’ Should any soul so clearly violate and disobey this command, can he even say he is a Bahá’í? If anyone disobeys the explicit command of Christ, can he truthfully say he is a Christian?” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Promulgation of Universal Peace, page 386)

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”                                                   (Matthew xxii. 39, Douay-Rheims Version)

“In Jungian terms, the scapegoat phenomenon is a particular expression, along with Satan, witch-hunting, minority persecution and war, of the general problem of shadow projection. Scapegoating is a form of denying the shadow of both humans and God.” (Alexandra Fidyk: Carriers of Our Collective Shadow, page 8)

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights … invites us to repent of violence and walk the way of nonviolence. It calls us first back to the God of peace who will disarm our hearts and send us forth as God’s instruments for the disarmament of the world. It challenges us to delve deep into the roots, spirituality, and practice of peace at the heart of every religion … Everyone has the right to live in peace, we read between its lines. That means, every one of us … has to undergo the spiritual conversion toward nonviolence; renounce our violence; denounce war, nuclear weapons, and poverty; and practice creative nonviolence for a global transformation into a new world of peace with justice.”                                                                                     (Frances Adeney, Arvind Sharma: Christianity and Human Rights, page 193)

“Churches need to repent of their past evil actions toward those they categorized as unclean and dismissed as unworthy of God’s love.”                                           (Louis William Countryman: Dirt, Greed, and Sex, page 282)

“In this day the one who is favored in the threshold of grandeur is the one who offers the cup of faithfulness and bestows the pearl of gift to the enemies, even to the fallen oppressor, lends a helping hand, and considers every bitter foe as an affectionate friend.”                                                                                              (‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Bahá’í World Faith, page 215)

“A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient.”         (Horace)