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THE present state of affairs in the world at large obliges me to suggest a proposal that I hope will meet with the approval of the civilized world; and I further hope that those who hold in their hands the future of the nations will assist me in this matter, because in making this proposal, my only goal and aim is the good of the nations and the betterment of the affairs of the world.
All laws, whether spiritual or civil, are to be bringing about union, brotherhood, liberty and equality. The union of the nation is the foundation on which the pillars of politics are erected and its laws promulgated; and union is only obtained through brotherhood, liberty and equality.
The world is not devoid of differences in ideas, beliefs and aspirations, but I think that the differences of religious belief must be confined to places of worship. Every person is free to believe however and in whomsoever he wishes, and these different doctrines have nothing to do with human society. After finishing our prayers in our different places of worship, we are all one in humanity and brotherhood, and must consequently be on terms of equity in our mutual relations and in civil rights. In this respect Bahaullah says, "You are the fruits of one tree, and the drops of one sea."
It is true that our languages, morals, manners, habits and usages differ, but the human world includes us all. We are all from one root and we are, therefore, members of one universal brotherhood; and between brothers nothing should exist which might contradict equity and concord, and from which differences might arise.
Circumstances sometimes necessitate the union of two or more powers of the political world into a compact or agreement which is only carried out for the general welfare of the powers so uniting. The results and ends arrived at by such union cannot be denied. I would, therefore, suggest to my brothers and sisters in humanity to follow in this matter the footsteps of the political leaders of the world, and appoint a special place for meetings to be held, in order to discuss all matters of importance.
The following conditions should apply to the meetings and must be observed:
We can come to perfect agreement only if we revere and honor our mutual opinions, although some of them may be contrary to our own habits and usages. From disregard and disrespect of other people's opinions nothing would result but harm and injury.
Bahaullah says: "O different creeds! Look forward to agreement and be enlightened by the light of concord. For the sake of God assemble together and remove from among you that which is the cause of conflict."
This led me to lay out the abovementioned proposal, and my only hope and desire is that if my proposal is met with approval and carried out, the assembly may not be temporary, but continue on indefinitely.
The affairs of the world, as witnessed, are not promising in the least, and the moral obligations have never been so binding as they are today. So let all who can, rise up and act, that the world may be better and its inhabitants happier.