Be a man of action

Abdu'l-Baha during travel to UK 1912

The twentieth century defined the man of action based on mythological images derived from the Great wars and the Cold war. However we know that there is a lot of fear behind that magical thinking of superheroes and spies (mostly men) who can overcome any obstacle through sheer grunt (and being on the right side).

Before and during WWI, the leader of the Baha’i Faith in Akka (now northern Israel), while under constant threat of execution by the Ottoman authorities, spoke softly and assuredly on the mode of a man of action.

“Not everything that a man knows can be disclosed, nor everything that he discloses be timely, nor every timely utterance suited to the capacity of the hearer. Such is the consummate wisdom to be observed in your pursuits, if you wish to be a man of action under all conditions.” Abdu’l-Baha

The challenges before the planet show that it is beyond late for more true men and women of action to come to the fore.


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