Behold the disturbances which, for many a long year, have afflicted the earth, and the perturbation that hath seized its peoples. It hath either been ravaged by war, or tormented by sudden and unforeseen calamities. (Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p.163)
Whenever another calamity happens anywhere in the world, my anxiety level goes way up. It helps to be reminded that many of the atrocities we see in the world could be part of God’s plan, moving us towards the Lesser Peace. As we know, the Major Plan of God is leading humanity toward maturity through the simultaneous processes of integration and disintegration. Sometimes it’s easy to only see evidence of the disintegration.
I recently read studies which tell us that despite all the atrocities we hear on the news each day; our world is becoming less violent. In fact, statistics show that violence is in a steady decline! I was shocked when I first read that, but you can read about it yourself at sites such as:
- World Becoming Less Violent: Despite Global Conflict, Statistics Show Violence In Steady Decline
- Human Security Reports
- International Human Development Indicators
- Steven Pinker on the Myth of Violence
- Peace and Conflict
- The Center for Systemic Peace
As I read study after study, I realized that I had to let go of my belief that things were getting worse. It’s hard to be able to elevate the level of discourse in the people around me, when I too am focused on only the negative.
Being reminded that Baha’u’llah’s influence is changing the world for the better, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Fear into Faith: Overcoming Anxiety