Big Ideas is a series of talks addressing some of humanity’s shared challenges and opportunities as we work to advance an emerging global civilization. This series brings together perspectives from the Baha'i writings with current research and experience as well as contemporary discourses on key issues of our time.
Friday, Dec, 9, 2022, 7:30 EST

“Food, Farmer, and Community: Agriculture and the Reconstruction of the World” With Neil Macmillan

In His Tablet of the World revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Bahá’u’lláh describes five fundamental principles “conducive to the advancement of mankind and the reconstruction of the world”: the promotion of the Lesser Peace by the members of the House of Justice; the reduction of languages to one com-mon language to be taught in all the schools of the world; tenacious adhesion to that which will promote fellowship, kindliness and unity; material contributions for the training and education of children; and, lastly, a special regard for agriculture. However, amazingly, Bahá’u’lláh then goes on to say that “although [agriculture] has been mentioned in the fifth place, unquestionably it exceeds the others.”

This presentation explores this “special regard for agriculture” in terms of the past, the present and the future. The title comes from a new book compiled by Winnona Merritt, a member of the Association for Bahá’í Studies’ agriculture working group. Prepare to enjoy a few quizzes as part of this interactive presentation.

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