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A Vision of a United Humanity An Exposition by Shoghi Effendi (1897-1957)

Excerpted from: The Bahá'í World

In 1936, on the eve of the second World War Shoghi Effendi, the appointed
Guardian of the Bahá'í movement, wrote a letter to the Bahá'ís of the Western
world in which he outlined the Bahá'í perspective on the establishment of a
future global commonwealth. This visionary document, which reiterates and
develops Bahá'u'lláh's teachings about the next stage in the development of
human civilization, still reads as though it were composed yesterday. (Shoghi
Effendi, The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, Selected Letters, pp. 202-203. 2nd rev.
ed., Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1974.)


The unity of the human race, as envisaged by Bahá'u'lláh, implies the establishment of a world commonwealth in which all nations, races, creeds and classes are closely and permanently united, and in which the autonomy of its state members and the personal freedom and initiative of the individuals that compose them are definitely and completely safeguarded. This world 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. A world language will either be invented or chosen from among the existing languages and will be taught in the schools of all the federated nations as an auxiliary language to their mother tongue. A world script, a world literature, a uniform and universal system of currency, of weights and measures, will simplify and facilitate intercourse and understanding among the nations and races of mankind.

In such a world society, science and religion, the two most potent forces in human life, will be reconciled, will cooperate, and will harmoniously develop. The press will, under such a system, while giving full scope to the expression of the diversified views and convictions of mankind, cease to be mischievously manipulated by vested interests, whether private or public, and will be liberated from the influence of contending governments and peoples. The economic resources of the world will be tapped and fully utilized, its markets will be coordinated and developed, and the distribution of its products will be equitably regulated.

National rivalries, hatreds, and intrigues will cease, and racial animosity and prejudice will be replaced by racial amity, understanding and cooperation. The causes of religious strife will be permanently removed, economic barriers and restrictions will be completely abolished, and the inordinate distinction between classes will be obliterated. Destitution on the one hand, and gross accumulation of ownership on the other, will disappear. The enormous energy dissipated and wasted on war, whether economic or political, will be consecrated to such ends as will extend the range of human inventions and technical development, to the increase of the productivity of mankind, to the extermination of disease, to the extension of scientific research, to the raising of the standard of physical health, to the sharpening and refinement of the human brain, to the exploitation of the unused and unsuspected resources of the planet, to the prolongation of human life, and to the furtherance of any other agency that can stimulate the intellectual, the moral, and spiritual life of the entire human race.

A world federal system, ruling the whole earth and exercising unchallengeable authority over its unimaginably vast resources, blending and embodying the ideals of both the East and the West, liberated from the curse of war and its miseries, and bent on the exploitation of all the available sources of energy on the surface of the planet, a system in which Force is made the servant of Justice, whose life is sustained by its universal recognition of one God and by its allegiance to one common Revelation -- such is the goal towards which humanity, impelled by the unifying forces of life, is moving.


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Introductory pages:

  • Bahá'u'lláh, a brief introduction.
  • A holistic worldview, a brief descpription of Bahá'u'lláh's conception of reality.
  • Vision of a United Humanity, a brief exposition of the future of humankind.
  • Some fundamental social concerns, a selection of solutions presented by Bahá'u'lláh.


    Online current materials:

  • The Promise of World Peace, a statement by the Universal House of Justice.
  • Who Is Writing the Future?, a statement by the Bahá'í International Community.
  • The Prosperity of Humankind, a statement by the Bahá'í International Community.
  • Turning Point for All Nations, a statement by the Bahá'í International Community.

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