Contrasts in making choices

We are what we choose to be. We are the results of the choices we make. The choices we make are so often informed by our world view. The world view in which the spiritual reality is the guiding force of life, dictates choices which honor the nobility of human life and the infinite capacity of humans to grow and develop; the world view ruled by the fears of material insecurity and the desire for power control, dictates totally different choices.

While I am happy to witness the historic political developments in America, I am saddened to see how the competition to win at any cost, costs us all the unity we would need to build a better life for ourselves. I pray this great nation will find a way to stay united and fulfill its potential:

O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

If this country needs an example of a better way to elect its leaders, they need seek no further than the Baha’i Election, covered beautifully in a program on the Chicago Public Radio:

Though the season of primaries is almost behind us, November is nearly half a year away and we could still be in for a lot more partisan politics and mudslinging. If it seems like there ought to be a more civil way to run democratic elections, members of the Baha’i faith say that’s because there is. And once a year, they refine a new democratic process in that big white temple in north suburban Wilmette. The 100th Baha’i National Convention was recently held there. Eight Forty-Eight contributor Jennifer Brandel watched the process.

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