We live in an age of miracles—and we don’t even know it.
I've often wished I lived in the times of some of my heroes who participated in great historical events and to fight beside them in their battles. How I admired and idealized them. How I would have wanted to be with them and help them any way I could in their battles with ignorance and injustice, and by doing that, take part in an important event in human history.
Recently, though, I've become more focused on what is happening now. The news concentrates on the negative events, but I try to see the positive side of our present day. As I continue doing that, I realize the wonders of our modern-day world are totally overlooked because of the negative slant prevalent in much of the news.
I found it fascinating as I searched more and observed with an investigating eye. I am from the generation that did not grow up with the many amazing gadgets that are so commonplace today, such as TV’s, phones and internet, so I see them not with a jaded eye but with a sense of wonderment. I don’t take them for granted, so you can imagine why I call the present time an age of miracles.
After thinking about it, I realized how my heroes would have loved to experience the present, not just because of new inventions and discoveries, but rather to see how much closer we are to the promised day when humanity becomes united and establishes a new world commonwealth.
It may sound too optimistic to write about these things at a time when it looks as if the world is falling apart, when numerous wars and conflicts rage—but as a follower of the Baha’i Faith I believe these events, both positive and negative, are all part of a bigger plan:
The world’s equilibrium hath been upset through the vibrating influence of this greatest, this new World Order. Mankind’s ordered life hath been revolutionized through the agency of this unique, this wondrous System—the like of which mortal eyes have never witnessed. – Baha’u’llah
Look at it this way: to build your dream house, you have to dismantle the old, dilapidated one and start building a new, well-designed and beautiful structure. In the same way, the old order—with its failing theories, systems, and structures in the economic, political, education, health and other realms—can not satisfy the needs of the present generation of humanity. All of these upheavals are the signs of its malfunctioning and the sounds of its destruction. This doesn't signal the end of the world; instead, it signifies the coming of a beautiful new world. We are on the edge of these profound changes. Most people now agree that things are not working today, and don't require convincing that we need a better system.
Now, we can endeavour towards a more unified, peaceful and loving future civilization, and we can devote our energy to laying its foundation.
Who from the past generations would not want to witness the advent of a new age? We are witnessing the old structure crumbling down, and every day a new tool is invented. We have the blueprint of the new structure in hand and are preparing our equipment as we eagerly wait to start construction. We now have the design for that future structure—but first, humanity as a whole, needs to join hands to participate in this venture, because this new world belongs to every single person on Earth.
Badi Shams is a Baha’i and a mystic at heart, whose field of interest is in economics. He has published a compilation "Economics of the Future", and also more recently the book "Economics of the Future Begins Today". He is retired from the educational system. You can read more of Badi's materials on his website www.badishams.net
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* This article has been published in the print edition of the Times Colonist on Saturday. February 15th 2020