AND SO the first 10 years of the new millennium have drawn to a close. It's been a sensational ride, starting with the Y2K scare, treading on 9/11 and the threat of climate change, and ending with the financial meltdown. The decade has shown the world changing in ways that we've never seen before, at least not by my generation.
In 2001, the global Baha'i community received guidance from its leadership when it wrote:
"The turmoil and crises of our time underlie a momentous transition in human affairs. . . That our Earth has contracted into a neighborhood, no one can seriously deny. The world is being made new. Death pangs are yielding to birth pangs. The pain shall pass when members of the human race act upon the common recognition of their essential oneness."May these words, so meaningful in our time, help all of us navigate this new world in a new decade knowing that world unity--and peace--is inevitable.
(From the statement of the Universal House of Justice on the occasion of the official opening of the Terraces of the Shrine of the Bab, Haifa, Israel, 22 May 2001)