Sunday, February 14, 2016

The primary, the most urgent requirement is ...

O People of Persia! Open your eyes! Pay heed! Release yourselves from this blind following of the bigots, this senseless imitation which is the principal reason why men fall away into paths of ignorance and degradation.
See the true state of things.
Rise up; seize hold of such means as will bring you life and happiness and greatness and glory among all the nations of the world....
The primary, the most urgent requirement is the promotion of education. It is inconceivable that any nation should achieve prosperity and success unless this paramount, this fundamental concern is carried forward. The principal reason for the decline and fall of peoples is ignorance. Today the mass of the people are uninformed even as to ordinary affairs, how much less do they grasp the core of the important problems and complex needs of the time.

`Abdu'l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization. P. 105