Sunday, October 04, 2009

On I Read the News Today, Oh Boy: Baha'i reflections on the Sunday paper

Baha'i Views in all its recent permutations has an early predecessor. Back in the late 1970s I did a publication called I Read the News Today (named after the Beatles song on the Sgt Pepper's album). I was able to keep it up only for about 4 or 5 issues. The idea was, I would excerpt from news articles that related in some way to the Baha'i world view.(I once contemplated doing a syndicated news column called "World View," but that idea never got to first base.) So I had excerpting from what I read on my brain for a long time. Reading the Sunday paper today I was in I Read the News Today mode. Three items... -gw

WASHINGTON -- If the White House decides to return astronauts to the moon or send them to explore the solar system, NASA may have to look to Moscow, Paris, Tokyo and possibly even Beijing for help. The reason: money. Without a massive increase in its budget, the agency won't be able to send humans past the International Space Station anytime soon, according to a presidential panel that recently reviewed NASA's manned space program. Teaming up with foreign space agencies -- as suggested by that 10-member panel -- would significantly shift the direction of NASA, from overseer of a purely American push for the stars to a part of a global science project funded by dollars, euros, rubles and yen.

Commentary: International cooperation is needed to accomplish most major goals. And that requires unity and accord among the nations. Bahá'u'lláh brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time. His essential message is of unity. ...

Louie Gong grew up eating American Indian bread for breakfast and Chinese dinners cooked on a camp stove. In the evening, his Chinese and native relatives got together for mah-jongg. Gong’s mother was of French and Scottish descent. His father was half Chinese, part Nooksack and part Squamish. ... Today, Gong, 35, is a rising young figure in the world of multiracial culture and advocacy. An educator and activist, he’s using art and modern media to help multiracial people gain self-respect for their mixed heritage.

Commentary: To quote the title to a Peter Seegar song, in this day we're "All Mixed Up," and that's just the way it is. God has stirred up the stew pot, and the flavor is delicious. Thank you, Baha'u'llah. -gw

Which statement do you most agree with?

Mine is the only true religion12%
Many religions are valuable but mine comes closest to the truth17%
All religions have validity59%
No religion has validity12%

Commentary: Almost 60% of the population recognizes what Baha'u'llah teaches: All religions are in essence one. I Read the News Today, Oh Boy! -gw

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