An Analytical perspective of economic impact of unity
Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #146
Centre for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy
July 5–9, 2017
(see list of papers from #146)
Unity of humankind is Bahá'u'lláh's main mission. This analytical presentation focuses on economic consequences of unity. Economists are concerned about the opportunity cost of resources allocated to war, in both real and monetary values. As unity prevails, resources and in particular human resources become more useful, productive and creative, leading to an increase in human wellbeing. It will be established that unity along with components of spirituality are prerequisites for problem solving at all level of human society. We examine this from both Bahá'í and secular thinkers viewpoints. Alternative models and theories of unity and spirituality and their effectiveness in resolving conflicts will be examined. Universal acceptance of unity as a spiritual principle is essential to any successful attempt to establish human prosperity. It would therefore be suggested that there is a need for universal education and increasing awareness of the importance of unity. The Bahá'í writings provide a number of specific models that are effective for the creation of a relative unity in the Bahá'í community. However, establishing unity is not without challenges. Can we fix humanity's problems with the message of Bahá'u'lláh? Unity should be understood from social, political and economic perspectives, which could be threatened by unjust economic conditions such as poverty. It will be concluded that the Bahá'í community has invested in the process of establishing unity from its very inception with the result of increasing prosperity for the entire population. The experience of the Bahá'í community provides hopeful signs associated with the benefits of unity.
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