November 05, 2008

Barak Obama

I live about 8,000 miles away from America right now but if I could describe the vibe and express the spirit here in words, it would be something like a whirlwind of stirring people's innermost being up to a state of great joy, hope and pride. Even the children at school today were excitedly telling me how happy they were that Obama won! People of color have for too long suffered under the weights of injustice and oppression throughout the ages...Obama's win, in a country where 'liberty and justice for all' is sung with pride, certainly and undoubtedly symbolizes a pendulum swing toward healing and harmony in the world.

Baha'u'llah speaks of the importance of knowing the exigencies of the Day in which we live, focusing on what the needs are to best achieve or work towards the ever-advancing civilization we are striving to build. We know unity is the foundation of all that will be prosperous and fruitful for the world of humanity, and Obama is like a refreshing balm to all the hurt and pain that has come in the past from disunity in the world. Perhaps being the first black president in America is just what the world needs to propel itself toward greater levels of hope as we face ever-increasing challenges to world peace.

1 comment:

  1. I can fully appreciate the pride of the Afrikaners at this historical event, but I don't think Baha'u'llah envisioned an "advancing" civilization as one that holds sacrosanct a law permitting the annual destruction of millions of unborn. Muhammad forbid the practice of killing unwanted female babies in the 7th Century!

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated that he looked forward to the day when someone is chosen for their character and NOT for their colour. I, too, look forward to that day.

    As a Baha'i and as a mother, I couldn't, in good conscience, vote for someone who advocates third-term (bad enough) as well as end-term "abortions" [a misnomer if ever there was one - destroying the brains of full term, born babies while still attached to the umbilical cord]. Paraphrasing Obama's own words: "No woman should be punished for having made a mistake by having an unwanted baby."

    I can think of a number of other people of colour for whom I would gladly have cast my vote, had one of them been on the ballot.