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The Individual at the Heart of Development
Participation in the Discourses of Society
The life of a Bahá’í is dedicated to personal and social transformation — the creation of a peaceful global society that fosters both individual and collective well-being.
Therefore social action and contributing to the discourse around social action are a central component of Bahá’í life. The purpose of these endeavours is to address the spiritual and material needs of the community, and to build the capacity of individuals to participate in creating a better world.
This underlines the fundamental Bahá’í belief that every person, every community and every nation has a part in building a peaceful and prosperous global society. The aim is empowerment from the grassroots up, not the prescription of solutions from the top down. The individual is placed at the centre of the development process.
“The honour and distinction of the individual
consist in this, that he among all the world’s multitudes
should become a source of social good.
Is there any larger bounty conceivable than this,
that an individual looking within himself, should find
that by the confirming grace of God he has
become the cause of peace and well-being,
of happiness and advantage to his fellow men?
No, by the one true God,
there is no greater bliss, no more complete delight…”
- Bahá‘í Writings -
Some of the key areas in which we have an ongoing
participation include :
Science, Religion and Development
Underlying the commitment of Bahá’ís to their work is the belief that the divine intent for this era of mankind’s history is the accomplishment of peace, justice, and spiritual and material prosperity for everyone. Bahá’u’lláh counsels us to be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age in which we live, and to centre our deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.
Bahá’ís, therefore, actively participate in various discourses of society, sharing concepts inspired by the principles of Bahá’u’lláh as well as the experience of the Bahá’í community in applying these principles in the various areas of development.
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