We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life moulds the environment and is itself also deeply affected by it. The one acts upon the other and every abiding change in the life of man is the result of these mutual reactions. - Shoghi Effendi, Letter to an individual Bahá’í, through his secretary, 17 February 1933
We Are All Connected – beautiful split-screen film for WWF takes a look at the parallels between humanity and the creatures we share Earth with. Likely inspired by Radiolab and Everynone’s modern-classic Symmetry.
“religion must be the source of fellowship, the cause of unity and the nearness of God to man. If it rouses hatred and strife, it is evident that absence of religion is preferable and an irreligious man is better than one who professes it.” - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace
“[T]here are four criteria or standards of judgment by which the human mind reaches its conclusions, first, through sense perception; second, through the reasoning faculty; third, from traditional or scriptural authority; fourth, through the medium of inspiration.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
These two children belong to feuding Malaysian ethnic groups. The little boy, Tan Hong Ming, is Malaysian Chinese while the girl he loves is Malaysian Malay. If they were 10 years older, this story may have ended very differently.