Many times I have wished to live in the times of some of my heroes who participated in great historical events and to fight beside them in their battles. How I admired and idealized them. How I would have wanted to be with them and help them any way I could in their battles with ignorance and injustice, and by doing that be part of an important event in history.
We all have some heroes from the past that we admire; history is full of them, and for me, as a Baha’i, I wanted to live in the Heroic Age of my Faith and be with those great men and women who risked everything, including their lives, for their beliefs. They were tormented and put in the worst prisons to persuade them to recant their Faith, but that made them more determined and braver and most of them died for their beliefs. Those stories of bravery are inspiring.
Recently my mind is more occupied with what is happening today. The news concentrates on the negative events but I have been trying to see the positive side of our present day, and as I continue doing that I realize that the wonders of our modern-day world are totally overlooked because of the negative slant in the news.
I started to find it fascinating as I searched more and observed with an investigating eye. I am from the generation which did not have phone or TV, and so many amazing gadgets that are so commonplace today, so I see them not with a jaded eye but with a sense of wonderment. I don’t take them for granted so you can imagine why I call the present time “The Age of Miracles”.
These days have been promised by religions and people of vision in the past.
“From every standpoint the world of humanity is undergoing a reformation … scientific ideas and theories are developing and advancing to meet a new range of phenomena; invention and discovery are penetrating hitherto unknown fields, revealing new wonders and hidden secrets of the material universe; industries have vastly wider scope and production; everywhere the world of mankind is in the throes of evolutionary activity indicating the passing of the old conditions and advent of the new age of reformation.”
– Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.439
I realised how my heroes would have loved to see the present day not just because of the inventions and discoveries but rather to see how much closer we are to the promised day when humanity becomes united and a new World Order and a World Commonwealth are established.
It sounds crazy to write about these things at a time when it looks as if the world is falling apart, where there numerous wars and conflicts raging everywhere. But they are all part of a bigger plan.
“The world’s equilibrium hath been upset through the vibrating influence of this greatest, 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.”
– Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdás, p. 85
Any person knows that to build your dream house you have to destroy the old one which is beyond repair and start building a new, well- designed and beautiful structure. The old order with its theories, systems, and structure in the economic, political, education, health and other fields cannot satisfy the needs of the present generation of humanity, and all of these upheavals are the signs of its malfunctioning and the sounds of its destruction. All of this doesn’t signal the end of the world; instead it signifies the coming of a beautiful new world. I believe that we are on the edge of these vast changes because most people now agree that things are not working today and people don’t need convincing that we need a better system. Now we can devote our energy into laying the foundation.
“This commonwealth must, as far as we can visualize it, consist of a world legislature, whose members will, as the trustees of the whole of mankind, ultimately control the entire resources of all the component nations, and will enact such laws as shall be required to regulate the life, satisfy the needs and adjust the relationships of all races and peoples. A world executive, backed by an international Force, will carry out the decisions arrived at, and apply the laws enacted by, this world legislature, and will safeguard the organic unity of the whole commonwealth. A world tribunal will adjudicate and deliver its compulsory and final verdict in all and any disputes that may arise between the various elements constituting this universal system. A mechanism of world inter-communication will be devised, embracing the whole planet, freed from national hindrances and restrictions, and functioning with marvellous swiftness and perfect regularity. A world metropolis will act as the nerve center of a world civilization, the focus towards which the unifying forces of life will converge and from which its energizing influences will radiate.”
– Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 203
I venture to say that, who from past generations would not want to witness the advent of a new age? We are witnessing the old structure crumbling down and everyday a new tool is invented. We have the blueprint of the new in hand and are preparing our equipment as we eagerly wait to start construction. As Baha’is we believe that we have the design for the future structure but first humanity as a whole needs to join hands to participate in this venture because this new world belongs to every single person on earth.