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One delegate to the Bahá’í International Convention, Daniel Woodard (25), an engineering student from Caracas, noted that not only is the Bahá’í community diverse, but it truly encompasses the whole world. He was even more heartened by the unified spirit, as Bahá’ís and others work together to create a better world:
“Despite the fact that there are now many of us, and we are so diverse, nobody is being left behind,” he said of the people he saw. “We are so intertwined that as we move forward, if someone falters or has difficulties, they will be sustained and helped by the others.”
MAY IT BE SHOWN TO THE WORLD!:)
Among the thousand delegates from 150 countries at the International Bahá’í Convention were (first photo) Nuriyeh McLaren and Daniel Woodard, delegates from Venezuela, and (second photo) Keyhan Ighanian and Thor Henning Lerstad, both from Norway.
The faces of the Bahá’í world: http://news.bahai.org/multimedia/slideshow.php?storyid=631 News story: http://news.bahai.org/story/631
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Disunity is a danger that the nations and peoples of the earth can no longer endure; the consequences are too terrible to contemplate, too obvious to require any demonstration… In observing that “mankind is groaning, is dying to be led to unity, and to terminate its age-long martyrdom”, Shoghi Effendi further commented that: “Unification of the whole of mankind is the hall-mark of the stage which human society is now approaching. Unity of family, of tribe, of city-state, and nation have been successively attempted and fully established. World unity is the goal towards which a harassed humanity is striving. Nation-building has come to an end. The anarchy inherent in state sovereignty is moving towards a climax. A world, growing to maturity, must abandon this fetish, recognize the oneness and wholeness of human relationships, and establish once for all the machinery that can best incarnate this fundamental principle of its life.”
Universal House of Justice, The Promise of World Peace, Section IV
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