From a Common Unifying Basis
The concept(s) discussed in this document take their inspiration from the Baha'i Texts. It must be understood absolutely, however, that not one word can be treated as authoritative, and should be seen as the thoughts of one individual on the subject, and thus subject to future revision over time as knowledge and understanding are increased. No quotes are given from the Bahá’í Texts, but they are easy to find and readily available to those who seek and/or desire them.
The purpose of this exercise is to consider the common basis on which all the peoples of the world can begin the process of unifying.
The discussion is made of individual sections, each with its heading. First come the definitions, that a common standard is used in the discussion. Next comes the primary concept, followed by the two aspects that derive from the primary concept.
It must likewise be considered that this dicussion carries only the basics; there are a multitude of ramifications which result from this concept, each of which this writer is certain will be obvious to the reader.
Human : This itself consists of two parts:
The first is termed physical and/or material and/or sensible. This is defined as that which is directly perceptible by one or more of the five bodily senses.
The second termed the inner self and/or the spiritual and/or the non-sensible. It is defined as that which can only be indirectly perceived by its effects. See also the discussions onSpirituality
and Proofs of the Spirituality of the Human Species
, as this dicussion will make no attempt to further define the concept of the non-sensible.
All those other “things” which add to the overall beauty of the human species. These are defined as the human (or spiritual) qualities, (all of which are positive), and the sensible variations such as colour of skin etc.
All those other “things” which detract from the overall beauty of the human species, and likewise detract from the bearer. These are defined as the absence of one or more human (spiritual) qualities.
It is clear from the terminology used in this day that much is seen and accepted in a manner divisionary, exclusionary. To this end, it is advocated that all these variations in the human species should be seen in the light of the one common attribute/quality each has in common, and that is:
We are all human.
No individual is more than human, and only those suffering serverely from abberations can be considered as either sub-humans and/or animals. Being human is the one factor that every soul/individual shares in common, and the denial of another's innate humanity is itself a severe abberation and a denial of the future of a united human species.
In the first, sensible world, this commonality of humanness can be easily proven. Unlike species cannot interbreed - yet humans can interbreed across so-called races and cultures. Genetically, our bodies are alike.
In the second, the non-sensible world, every soul, every individual has the rational faculty, a faculty that of all the creatures on the earth, only humans possess. Where all other creatures are bound by nature, this rational faculty, itself seen only by its effect, places the human species outside of nature, allowing, through the activity of the mind, to uncover the laws of nature and turn them to our use. All the marvels of the current world are attributable to this rational faculty.
Everything after the degree of human is considered as either an enhancement or an abberation.
Consider this in the light of a flower garden. While just one specified flower may make up the entire garden and initially look beautiful, it soon palls for lack of variety. But a garden with a variatude of flowers, with all their varying scents, manners of growing and colours is always beautiful.
Think thus of the human species. The multitude of enhancements simply add to the beauty of the human species. Using these enhancements as divisions is itself a severe abberation.
The first and most obvious enhancement is gender. Being human, both genders are equal - one does not have supremacy over the other.
There are many enhancements. Culture, “race”, beliefs, understanding, degrees of being imbued with the human/spiritual qualities, and yet more. Each possible enhancement is not a difference (difference being considered for this discussion as an abberation tending toward the perception of separateness and division,) but is far rather an addition to the overall beauty of the human species.
As an example, let us consider “race.” From the perspective of this discussion, were this writer to say: "I am Caucasion", it is easily construed as a divisive/separatist/exclusionist statement for it excludes the human quality. But if instead he was to say: "I am human, and my background is Caucasion", it is easily seen that one is being inclusive and, through the beginning statement: "I am human..." allowing every other enhancement in the human species equal voice - for as we are all human, we are thus all equal regardless individual enhancements.
As an enhancement adds the the beauty of the human species, an abberation detracts from the beauty. An abberation is considered to be the absence of a human quality. To illustrate, love is an enhancement whilst hate is an abberation, being the absence of love. Love adds to the beauty of the human species, whilst hate detracts from not only the species, but also detracts from the bearer of the abberation.
For some abberations, society has made laws to protect itself. But some abberations persist which can only be remedied by the bearer of the abberation. Consider selfishness, egotism, racism and all other prejudices, and others, all of which deny the nobility of a human and bring him/her closer to the degree of an animal - how sad, the highest form of life on this planet sinking and degrading themselves to that degree of a lower form of life. And in this degraded state, the bearer of the abberation(s) reduces the quality and functioning of society, and leads those around him/her into paths which can only lead to destruction and antipathy.