posts on 4/25/2010 9:16:45 AM
I posted an introduction to the paradigmatic shift in the Baha’i community, the new culture of learning and growth that is at the heart of this paradigm, nearly three years ago. I did this posting at several internet sites and have revised that post in these last three years as developments in the paradigm have come about, as new messages from Bahá'í institutions have been published and as many individuals have commented verbally and in print on this new culture. It seemed like a good idea to give readers some specific steps on how to access this now revised article, what is now a book of more than 160,000 words and more than 350 pages and is found at Baha’i Library Online(BLO).
In the time this book has been on the internet there have been many thousand views of this analysis, this statement on the new paradigm at the few sites where it has been posted. In addition to googling “Baha’i Culture of Learning and Growth” and accessing this article in the process at several internet sites, readers can find this piece of writing at BLO by clicking on the following:
Readers can also access the latest edition of this article at BLO by taking the following steps: (i) type Baha’i Library Online or Baha’i Academics Resource Library into your search engine; (ii) click on the small box “By author” at the top of the access page at BLO; (iii) type “Price” into the small box that then appears and click on the word “Go;” and then (iv) scroll down to article/document item #47 and (v) click on that item and read to your heart’s content. When your eyes and your mind start to glaze over, stop reading. The article can be downloaded free and you will then have access to this book, this context for all this new paradigmatic terminology that has come into the Baha’i community in the last 15 years.
The statement is a personal one, does not assume an adversarial attitude, attempts to give birth of as fine an etiquette of expression as I can muster and, I like to think, possesses both candour and critical thought on the one hand and praise and delight at the many interrelated processes involved in the execution of this paradigm on the other. I invite readers to what I also like to think is “a context on which relevant fundamental questions” regarding this new paradigm may be discussed within the Baha’i community.
This book also contains an update, an inclusion of commentary on the most recent messages from the institutions of the Cause—including the Ridvan message of 2010. One of the advantages of the BLO site is the freedom it gives to a writer to update the article right on the site in an ongoing process as new insights from major thinkers in the Baha’i community and information from the elected and appointed institutions of the Cause comes to hand.
If time and the inclination permit, check it out. No worries, no obligation, just if it interests you. You may find the piece of writing too long as I’m sure many readers do. It is certainly a view from the inside, but it is just one person’s view building as it does on the ideas and writings of others: Bahá'í institutions and individuals. We each have a different experience on the inside of this paradigm, on the inside of this Faith or, indeed, living on the inside of our global society. You may find this book too personal due to the fact that I attempt to answer the question: “where do I fit into this new paradigm?” After a few paragraphs of reading, you will get the flavour of the exercise. Just keep reading if your mind and spirit are enjoying the process.
posts on 11/9/2006 4:23:05 AM
i have read the 1984 book which i found shocking and interesting, i am stuck with parts which i want to clarify so i have devised a question and if you dont mind i would appreciate it if you could tell me. thank you.
Question: Orwell's achievement is to have created a dystopia, which reveals not only the defeat of the individual human spirit but also the extinction of hope.
posts on 5/12/2005 10:45:49 AM
I have read and studied Orwell's 1984 - his satirical despairing look into the future - and have reached a conclusion.
It appears that the year "1984" has passed but economically there is definitie truth in Orwell's idea. The world today is split into three economic trading blocks, Emea, Eurasia and North America - unlike Orwell's depiction of total war this distiction has potential to grow. Of course if control was taken of a country - then Orwell's idea of utilising war as a means of containing the fabric of society made be initiated - but it is the little ideas of Orwell's 1984 that are apparent. The three economic trading blocks, the foundations of a police state in the Unitied Kingdom - holding someone without trial, increeased socialist countries with totalitarianism as their rule. Orwell Im sure would have known that wwhat he was writing would not come true 50 years later - more a reminder of what can happen if the little intrinsic elements of totalitarianism allows itself to manifest on our globe.
posts on 4/14/2005 2:05:06 AM
Have any of you also read the book 'Fahrenheit 451'?
Fahrenheit 451 has a great deal in common with 1984,
and not just the obvious general trait of being one person
trying to survive in a totalitarian dystopia that they loath,
and being suspected and eventually found a criminal
dissident by the regime. In both books, the majority of
people, who control the status quo, are characterized by
a blind hollow malice, a fundamental desire to perceive
and do wrongly. In fahrenheit 451, the people have more
of a play ethic, such that the malice takes the form of
chaotic vulgarity, whereas in 1984, the people have more
of a work ethic, such that the malice takes the form of
quasi-theocratic (big brother ~ god) fanaticism. In
contrast to the majority, the protagonist of both books is
a thoughtful truth-seeker and a humble loner. Both books
thus reflect the fundamental struggle between fine clarity
and crude blindness.
posts on 2/8/2005 11:12:39 AM
I've read 1984 and I loved it. It's a great book. When it came time for me to research the book for a paper topic in class, I came across an interesting question. What was Julia's worst fear that made her crack in room 101? It struck me odd to have pondered this questions for hours....Im extremly courious now, and know now that I have ALOT more questions.
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