What I think everyone should know is that the Bahá’í Faith believes every human being to be an infinitely beautiful light, albeit trapped within a lantern of iron: the obscuring dross of self and material desires. If this light became generally known and appreciated, the character of our planet would change in ways we cannot dream of. Forget ending wars and establishing world peace: when all people, everywhere, begin working together to explore reality and discover the mysteries of existence, can you imagine what that will be like? We are like thoroughbred race horses, blinded, hobbled and weighed down by ignorance, prejudice and a litany of injustices committed by our fathers for which we seek vengeance against every new generation.
The Bahá’í Faith is a liberation from present notions of humanity, toward something almost too beautiful to contemplate. We are wondrous beings, illumined souls, children of God. Our potential cannot be measured. This includes each one of us on these forums, in every country, from every group. All that awaits is for us to collectively awaken to our reality, and apply the Teachings we’ve been given to unlock these latent treasures.
O Son of Being! With the hands of power I made thee and with the fingers of strength I created thee; and within thee have I placed the essence of My light… O Son of Utterance! Thou art My stronghold; enter therein that thou mayest abide in safety. My love is in thee, know it, that thou mayest find Me near unto thee. O Son of Spirit! I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.