A Baha'i Perspective by Barney Leith, FbRN Trustee
The Bahá’í community’s commitment to social action is rooted in its sacred scriptures, which state that all human beings ‘have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization’.
Bahá'u'lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, teaches that recognition of the fundamental spiritual principle of our age, the oneness of humanity, must be at the heart of a new civilisation. As a Bahá’í I believe that every person, family and community has a part to play in building a peaceful and prosperous global society. Human flourishing is rooted in the development of people’s capacity to participate in the generation and application of knowledge.
While a scientific and technologically modern society is a central goal of human development, the educational, economic, political and cultural structures of such a society must be based on humankind’s spiritual as well as material needs.