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Old 07-14-2018, 03:40 PM   #41
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Are you back in the Solomons?

And concerning my work, I can say that what I deal with is highly political, because it's politically induced injustice. But I have an angle, that focuses on the individual cases, which allow me to steer clear of partisan politics. But, who knows where it will lead.

A month ago, I was in Parliament, attending a seminar with some members of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Matters, which is seeking to enhance the individual responsibility of public servants. I said a few words about my findings concerning the Social Services. I have discovered that, in legal practice, they are above the law, actually enoying impunity. That, in turn, leads to horrible results: an arbitrariness, normally not associated with a Western, developed country. Actually, my words were quite well received by the parliamentarians.

Allt that said, we'll see where that leads. In today's world, one cannot say if one will be alive next year, if there will be a Sweden by then, or if one will sit begging for pennies in a street corner. Interesting times indeed.

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Old 07-14-2018, 04:41 PM   #42
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Are you back in the Solomons?

And concerning my work, I can say that what I deal with is highly political, because it's politically induced injustice. But I have an angle, that focuses on the individual cases, which allow me to steer clear of partisan politics. But, who knows where it will lead.

A month ago, I was in Parliament, attending a seminar with some members of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Matters, which is seeking to enhance the individual responsibility of public servants. I said a few words about my findings concerning the Social Services. I have discovered that, in legal practice, they are above the law, actually enoying impunity. That, in turn, leads to horrible results: an arbitrariness, normally not associated with a Western, developed country. Actually, my words were quite well received by the parliamentarians.

Allt that said, we'll see where that leads. In today's world, one cannot say if one will be alive next year, if there will be a Sweden by then, or if one will sit begging for pennies in a street corner. Interesting times indeed.

Best,

from

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I am now in Normanton far North Queensland with my wife. This is where my wife and I first came as Pioneers back in the late 80's. We left the post prior to establishing a community, we are back to try again!

Indeed very interesting times. I wish you all the best as implementing change in a defective system, is very taxing on ones wellbeing. It is fortunate we have the tools to help with this.

Give your little ones a hug from us, Annette sends her best wishes, regards Tony
 
Old 07-15-2018, 11:27 AM   #43
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All Religion is man made. there is only God.
 
Old 07-15-2018, 11:51 AM   #44
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All Religion is man made. there is only God.
"Religion, writes Bahá’u’lláh, is “the chief instrument for the establishment of order in the world, and of tranquillity amongst its peoples.”

“Is not the object of every Revelation,” He asks, “to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?”

Thus I see it is a gift from God when used for tge reason it has been given.

Abdul'baha has told us what is better when we misuse religion.

“If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division, it were better to be without it, and to withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act,” and “Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity is no religion.”

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Old 07-15-2018, 02:11 PM   #45
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Hi all,
Re : talking about the weather, I am in New Zealand, so yip it is raining......

But back to original theme from gnat : I don't believe in a focus on proselytizing. I believe in teaching as a means to spread the treasures hidden in the Faith: to share them in a systematic fashion. As a by-product, of course, there wil be new members. But the main thing is to find a way to give people exactly as much as they are ready for and do with it as they may see fit. The present Ruhi series of books already from Vol. 2 onward presupposes that the paticipants have accepted the Faith. We'd need Vols 1-10 intended for people who'd like to know more about the Faith and its implications for the world and our world views, without necessarily embracing it. Now there are even priests of other denominations who are really interested. A month ago, I met a priest at a Bahá'í meeting, who said "I might even be one of you! That's the spirit!

I couldn't agree more There are many treasures hidden in the faith! actually not the hidden :P

I truly believe society would benefit greatly from learning about the social principles and virtues proclaimed in the Bahai writings.

As for responding to anti-religious people, I also try to correct false-information they have about a particular groups practices, and try where I can to explain the influence of politics and history on events. Most people soften a little after this.

Something I would like see change in my own country is religious education.
I believe a basic knowledge of the worlds religions is fundamental to understanding world history, but also ties into politics, philosophy/ethics and economics.

In secular society we are encourage to put religion in a box, but we do a disservice to or children when we remove this facet of history from there education.

My 2 cents worth,
T
 
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