Monday, September 12, 2005

Midnight Sighing of the Poor

Just listened to a fascinating piece on NPR with an author who recently published a book called Bait and Switch about the challenges of white collar workers in the current economy. The widening disparity between rich and poor in our society was so dramatically illustrated during hurricane Katrina where a person's "social location" could literally mean the difference between life and death. It's been encouraging to see how many in the mainstream media as well as alternative media have been highlighting the problem of poverty in America sense this latest catastrophe. In an awesome book I just read, "God's Politics" by evangelical Christian leader Jim Wallis, poverty was confronted squarely as a religious and moral issue. This gap between the have's and have not's was identified as a barrier to world peace in the "Promise of World Peace" a statement distributed to the leaders and peoples of the world by the Universal House of Justice in 1985. Is it possible that a positive consequence of Katrina could be a rigorous and spiritually informed discussion of poverty in America and in the world? Could this be the contribution the thousands of souls recently departed from this world could make to the fulfillment of America's spiritual destiny? There is a remarkable statement attributed to 'Abdu'l-Baha where he said that "When the love of God is established, everything else will be realized. This is the foundation of true economics." How might a greater measure of the love of God being established in the hearts of humanity radically alter the current economic disorder? How might it bring needed sanity and responsibility to the process of globalization? I hope to explore these themes in my next post but would love to hear the thoughts of others.