earth in the balance

Several people have pointed this out to me so far, so it’s probably worth a few words: Al Gore, ex-Vice-President of the United States of America turned environmentalist guru, gave a short mention of the Baha’i Faith—and the name of its Founder, Baha’u’llah—in his 1992 book Earth in the Balance, pp. 261-262.

One of the newest of the great universalist religions, Baha’i, founded in 1863 in Persia by Mirza Husayn Ali (Baha’u’llah), warns us not only to properly regard the relationship between humankind and nature but also the one between civilization and the environment. Perhaps because its guiding visions were formed during the period of accelerating industrialism, Baha’i [sic] seems to dwell on the spiritual implications of the great transformation to which it bore fresh witness:

“We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life molds the environment and is itself deeply affected by it. The one acts upon the other and every abiding change in the life of man is the result of these mutual reactions.”

Several sources claimed that the book is a “new” book, but publishing information indicates it was published in 1992—of course, it may have been reprinted recently owing to the popularity of Gore’s recent movie, An Inconvenient Truth. Can anyone confirm this?

By the way, the above quote is actually taken from a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, included in the compilation on the Conservation of Earth’s Resources. Thanks George, Laina and Marty for the tip, among others.

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