an oracle and the internet*

here’s a neat little video put together by Matthew Levine of Anthem for the World fame—it’s based on the statement made by Shoghi Effendi in the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh letters that many now construe as foreshadowing the creation of the Internet. Check it out (nice music, too!):

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.

* no, this is not about the Internet Oracle.

2 thoughts on “an oracle and the internet*

  1. In 1928, English Baha’i Florence Pinchon, published a book called ‘The Coming of the Glory’ in both London and New York.. This book she wrote after a long pilgrimage stay in Haifa. Shoghi Effendi actively supported its publication indeed its one of a few which he endorsed, in fact the introduction says that it “has been revised by Shoghi Effendi”. He called it “admirable in presentation, exquisite in style’. Its a delightful book. In a section called ‘A Glimpse of the Golden Age’ she writes

    “And our scientific friend, who in these matters was far keener than the rest of us, exclaimed at a kind of invisible network of communication, swift as light, more perfect than radio, that covered the earth from pole to pole, transmitting not only sound, but form and colour”.

    The Coming of the Glory p.121. This book was also serialised in Star of the West. It seems pretty clear that the Guardians ideas were circulating long before he wrote his World Order article.

  2. Sadly, the web is not entirely free of national restrictions. In China and other countries access is restricted to state approved areas of the web – so I’m not sure that we’ve quite arrived at the fulness of Shoghi Effendi’s vision. But we’re well on the way.

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