Welcome to Noble-Creation, the Baha'i Development Forum!
Purpose of the list:
Noble-Creation, 'The Baha'i Development Forum' is sponsored by the Baha'i Computer and Communications Association (BCCA) and was started February 1994. It is an Email discussion group, open to all. The purpose is to share social and economic development issues, ideas and projects in the context of the Baha'i Writings. The forum is open to all individuals interested in this purpose, whether or not they consider themselves Baha'is, but is especially oriented to professionals working in the development fields. The following quote from the Baha'i Writings was the inspiration for the address of the list and sets the spiritual context for human development:
"O Son of Spirit! Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created."
We acknowledge that societies are made up of individuals whose personal spiritual development is at the heart of all social dynamics, but the emphasis of this list is less on personal spiritual development and more on "social" i.e. group, community, social systems, and its components. The focus is on how to use the dynamic principles of the Baha'i Faith to : 1. Build a new society in which everyone's welfare and well-being is assured. 2. Alleviating some of the pain of the transition from our current society to this future vision.
Development itself, its definition, its foundation and its direction, is an issue of discussion. 'Abdu'l-Baha stated:
No matter how far the material world advances, it cannot establish the happiness of mankind. Only when material and spiritual civilization are linked and coordinated will happiness be assured. -- Abdul-Baha, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 109 --
Drawing on statements such as these, the Baha'i view of development incorporates both the material and spiritual advancement of humankind with the explict objective of creating human happiness and 'an ever-advancing civilization.'
Sustainable agriculture is a fundamental component of stable and equitable social and economic systems. Thus agriculture is a major topic of discussion on the noble-creation email discussion group. Some references from the Baha'i Writings on agriculture:
Special regard must be paid to agriculture. Although it hath been
mentioned in the fifth place, unquestionably it precedeth the others.
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