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End, for Now

As you will have noticed, I have not been posting lately. That lull is a result of several factors, most prominently my impending move to the other side of the planet, my increasing (paid) work load, and several local and international trips. Unfortunately, I do not see my time getting any more free in the immediate future, what with the aforementioned international move, starting a new job, and the arrival in January of our first child. So, with great reluctance, I’m going to call a halt to posts for now. There may be a few scenarios under which I could begin posting again in 2010, but I’m not willing to bank on it at this point.

I will leave all the posts here as a record. Of course, feel free to refer to them as you’d like.

I appreciate all the readers I’ve had, and especially those who found the material worthy of comment. I should especially thank Jesse, who contributed the most comments throughout the life of this blog. I hope you all have enjoyed and been stimulated by my thoughts. It has been my great pleasure to write them.

I’ll end with a quotation from the Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah, which I think will be the theme of my life in the next year:

O SON OF MAN! If thou lovest Me, turn away from thyself; and if thou seekest My pleasure, regard not thine own; that thou mayest die in Me and I may eternally live in thee.

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Scottish Holiday

My wife and I leave tomorrow for a week in Scotland, so I won’t post here again until September. When I return I’ll take up a subject with which I’m intimately connected: education. In the meantime, if you have any bigger picture comments or suggestions about this blog, please leave them below and I’ll check them out on my return. Thanks for reading what I’ve done so far, and I look forward to more deliberation when I return.

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Mission

 Baha’u’llah writes, “Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.” These words provide the mission for this blog.

I will examine a variety of decisions and actions in the public life of the world through the lens of the Baha’i Writings, always conscious that my understanding of the true meaning of the Writings is evolving and always aware of my limitations as a scholar of world affairs. I enter this project with an open mind, hoping to interact with many people and have my thoughts shaped by theirs, hoping to refine my understanding of how the world works and what the world needs. To the task I bring a life-long curiosity about how things work, an academic background in English, education, and cognitive psychology, an appetite for reading widely and well, and a desire to collaborate with others.

Above all, I hope this blog helps me and all those who will deliberate here to better understand our age and its needs, so that we may be able to make decisions and take actions that are commensurate with those needs.

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