June 08, 2011

millionaires wanting taxes to be increased

today i listened to an NPR interview with a few of the millionaires who have asked the President & Congress for an increase in taxes to help offset the fiscal budget crisis.  it was the first time i've ever heard of the wealthy responding in this way to the spirit of Baha'u'llah's Teaching:
That is why, in the Religion of God, it is prescribed and established that wealthy men each year give over a certain part of their fortune for the maintenance of the poor and unfortunate. That is the foundation of the Religion of God and is binding upon all.
And as man in this way is not forced nor obliged by the government, but is by the natural tendency of his good heart voluntarily and radiantly showing benevolence toward the poor, such a deed is much praised, approved and pleasing.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 277)

i long to see individuals with wealth and means voluntarily offering what they have for 'the poor and unfortunate'.  the world continues to suffer because we, as individuals, talk of ideals instead of making decisions that transform our lives and the society around us.  this endeavor by the millionaires is commendable and a good beginning..and most of all rewarding for all.

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