This is a wonderful article written by Ms. Donna Hakimian about the possibility of peace in Iran.
As I stare at the moon on this summer evening in Vancouver, I think about the sun that is rising in Iran. The bright sun that is shining on my brothers and sisters in Iran. The sun, that illumines Tehran, that allows the inhabitants of that city to see one another, to gain strength from one another. To continue, to stand up for their freedom. A freedom (of belief, of association, of women’s rights and others) and I wish I could also be there, standing along side them, and doing my part to help.
But really what do we know of their struggle? I stand in solidarity, but I also stand humbly back in awe at the courage and fearlessness of millions of Iranians. I am one with them, but I know their courage outweighs mine.
I do know that the best kind of courage is coupled with vision and wisdom. Vision enables one to see past their current predicament to a better and brighter future. With the events in Iran unfolding so rapidly and so violently. I began an impassioned quest for shelter, for a mental direction with which to conceive of peace.
In the document, ‘The Promise of World Peace’ by the Universal House of Justice I found my answer:
It states, “Whether peace is to be reached only after unimaginable horrors precipitated by humanity's stubborn clinging to old patterns of behaviour, or is to be embraced now by an act of consultative will, is the choice before all who inhabit the earth.”
The document outlines ways of conceiving the societal processes leading to, and others, which act as a hindrance to world peace. It reminds us that the, “aggression and conflict” that has, “come to characterize our social, economic and religious systems”, must not be viewed by us as the only way humanity can conduct and orient itself.
It is noted that several, among many, social ills must needs be addressed in a conversation surrounding peace. Namely, ‘racism’, ‘the inordinate disparity between rich and poor’, ‘unbridled nationalism’, ‘religious strife’, ‘the emancipation of women’, ‘the cause of universal education’, and ‘the fundamental lack of communication between peoples’, are among the central issues that humanity must direct its attention to in this critical time in our history.
The following paragraph has particular application to the current situation in Iran, it states, “Unbridled nationalism, as distinguished from a sane and legitimate patriotism, must give way to a wider loyalty, to the love of humanity as a whole. Bahá’u’lláh’s statement is: “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.” The concept of world citizenship is a direct result of the contraction of the world into a single neighbourhood through scientific advances and of the indisputable interdependence of nations. Love of all the world’s peoples does not exclude love of one’s country. The advantage of the part in a world society is best served by promoting the advantage of the whole. Current international activities in various fields which nurture mutual affection and a sense of solidarity among people need greatly to be increased.”
The prospects of peace are a tangible possibility for those that inhabit the earth in this, the summer of 2009. While I have been separated from my homeland most of my life, and now see it torn apart by violence and bloodshed. I know that she, Iran, holds the keys to a beautiful future, as can aspects of this beauty be seen today. As it is stated in the words of ‘The Promise of World Peace’, “We join with all who are the victims of aggression, all who yearn for an end to conflict and contention, all whose devotion to principles of peace and world order promotes the ennobling purposes for which humanity was called into being by an all-loving Creator.”
By: Donna Hakimian
All quotes taken from, “The Promise of World Peace” found at http://info.bahai.org/article-1-7-2-1.html.