Here's a re-#introduction to welcome all the new people! I usually toot at @firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm a #Bahai and use this account mainly to talk about the Bahá'í Faith, #interfaith, #religion, #spirituality, moral and character #education, #virtues and #ethics, #service to humanity, and things like that. Looking for positive interactions & learning from others.
- God is one
- humanity is one
- religion is one
- drama sux
- politics sux
- adversarial debate sux
- keep it SFW kthx
The world is at present in an exceedingly dark condition spiritually; hatred and prejudice, of every sort, are literally tearing it to pieces. We, on the other hand, are the custodians of the opposite forces, the forces of love, of unity, of peace and integration, and we must constantly be on our guard... lest through us these destructive, negative forces enter into our midst. #inspiration #quotes #bahai
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, son of the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, revealed several prayers for the United States of #America, asking God to render it spiritually glorious and to enable it to "upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity". #Bahai #Prayer #Meditation #Goals
Attended a really nice meeting at the #Bahai centre yesterday, all about #communityBuilding and #communityDevelopment. Several of the folks there have been involved in community #education in the past, and plans were made to create spaces for #virtue and character education around the city, aimed at children and junior youth. We even welcomed some new friends who were interested to participate. 😎
Śankh (conch shell) from India, dating to the 19th century and held in the Met. Conch shells hold religious importance in Hinduism and are a symbol of Vishnu, the protector god. [3929x2947]
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🤖 @xyzzy: Interactive text adventure that posts random scenarios.
🤖 @blackjoy: Images of black joy.
🤖 @pollbot: Random fedi polls twice a day.
🤖 @email@example.com: Regular quotes from the Bahá'í sacred writings.
🤖 @firstname.lastname@example.org: Digest of various Bahá'í news feeds.
There're a lot more, but those are the main ones.
Grandfather above, we acknowledge the holy ones you have sent upon this land to kindle the sacred fire in the hearts of us — your grandchildren.
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@MordecaiMartin Maybe even a lot earlier if there had been peaceful collaboration on science, engineering, and other related disciplines instead of wars?
Holy Quran, written by Yakut Al-Mustasami, calligraphist of the last Abbasid Caliph Al-Musta'sim billah in 13th Century with autographs of Mughal Emperors Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. On display at Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, India.[1800×2574]
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RT @bahai_teachings - When a drop draws help from the ocean, it is an ocean in itself, and a little seed, through the outpouring of rain, the favor of the sun and the soul-refreshing breeze, will become a tree with the utmost freshness, full of leaves, blossoms and fruits. - Abdu'l-Bahá #Bahai #quotes
Now, does the above mean that mods no longer have jobs? That's perhaps up for debate, but I doubt it. For this scenario to last, we should be sure that people are sincere, and not, say, trolls. And of course, it's easy for people to lie and hide behind façades online. But the ability to engage in the kind of bridge-building work mentioned earlier might serve as a litmus test of sincerity. Perhaps the job of #moderation then becomes a collective one, with some acting as facilitating servants.
In the alternative scenario, the group embraces pluralism and pursues group cohesion through intensive dialogue, breaking down barriers of #prejudice, and building trust based on common ground and shared experience.
Individual members learn to see themselves as parts of a whole, united by their common humanity, like the cells of one body. Self-#moderation arises in the interest of improving things for the whole group, because they believe in it. #Cooperation and sincere inquiry become the norm.
But how does one institute collective #moderation in a group—or a society—that's not only pluralistic but also socially divided and disunited? I'm imagining two scenarios. In one, the group divides itself to the nth degree, to the point where resulting subgroups are small and relatively homogeneous. They each moderate themselves more easily and, as is the case on the #fediverse, connect with sympathetic groups and block unsympathetic ones. Who to federate with becomes the dominant question.
"In all matters moderation is desirable," said Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the #Bahai Faith; "Whatsoever passeth beyond the limits of moderation will cease to exert a beneficial influence."
Clearly, in the Baha'i view, #moderation has a beneficial influence on humanity. Of course, different things are at play when moderating ourselves versus moderating communities. But given that it is desirable "in all matters", it stands to reason that some kind of collective moderation is a good idea, right?
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A space where people of all faith backgrounds can come together and grow together.