Tuesday, October 30, 2007

On "The New World Order": It's been around longer than you may realize

This is a photo of a t-shirt. Thanks to the blogger who took the picture and gave me permission to run this. He had nice things to say about the Baha'i who gave him the t-shirt, by the way.
I'm running this here as my nod to Halloween. It's kinda pumkin-y. Note the use of orange. And there is this round object with light coming out from it. Close enough to pumpkin for me. And not at all creepy.

“The world’s equilibrium,” [Baha'u'llah] explains, “hath been upset through the vibrating influence of this Most Great, 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.” ...

Dearly-beloved friends! This New World Order, whose promise is enshrined in the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, whose fundamental principles have been enunciated in the writings of the Center of His Covenant, involves no less than the complete unification of the entire human race. ...

Upon the consummation of this colossal, this unspeakably glorious enterprise—an enterprise that baffled the resources of Roman statesmanship and which Napoleon’s desperate efforts failed to achieve—will depend the ultimate realization of that millennium of which poets of all ages have sung and seers have long dreamed. Upon it will depend the fulfillment of the prophecies uttered by the Prophets of old when swords shall be beaten into ploughshares and the lion and the lamb lie down together. It alone can usher in the Kingdom of the Heavenly Father as anticipated by the Faith of Jesus Christ. It alone can lay the foundation for the New World Order visualized by Bahá’u’lláh ...

Haifa, Palestine
March 11, 1936

in The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh

Author: Shoghi Effendi
Source: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1991 first pocket-size edition

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

George I think you will find that others had used New World Order before the Guardian popularised it amongst the Bahais, specifically HG Wells. The Baha'i version is "The New World Order of Baha'u'llah"