it could be so easy to look at a situation of inharmony or disunity and say, “what an awful situation, they should be ashamed of themselves, that’s all wrong, they need to get their act together”. but really, what use would it be to do that?
we had a bit of a scene tonight. we had a meeting where our community got together to consult. there were raised voices, feelings of anger, frustration, and so forth. it’s unfortunate, but it was plainly visible that it had to happen at some point. let’s hope all of us in the community can recognize this occasion for what it really is — a sign of growing pains — and seize the opportunity to acknowledge the issues of this newly formed community, and to grow from that acknowledgment.
I say this because it can be so easy to get emotionally involved in conflict, to take sides, and to miss the entire point. the point of conflict is: we all have different approaches, different experiences, different strengths, and different weaknesses. when there’s conflict, anywhere, it’s just some of those differences that are being made manifest. differences of opinion provide us with opportunities to learn about each other, and to learn about ourselves. the alternative is to get upset, blow up, and estrange ourselves, and then the community falls apart.
the thing that many people fail to consider is that unity is not an end, but the means to an end. our goal isn’t to be united — we must already be united if we want to get anything done.
sometimes people need to get shaken up before they realize the true importance of unity. perhaps, if God wills it, this will be the shake by which we will realize it. somehow I think it might take more time, but there’s always hope. besides, no one can fathom God’s plans. inshallah.
well, I guess I’m saying that we DO need to get our act together, but I don’t mean it in a negative way, just an honest way. 😉
tonight, Bahá’ís commemorate the Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh, that is, His death and the ascension of His soul into the worlds of heaven. it happens at 3 AM wednesday morning, which is the time He passed away.
anyway, it turns out that we won’t be celebrating it as a group because things came up for the person who was supposed to host and she needs her sleep. someone died. doh.
hopefully we will be together in spirit.