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As the new millennium approaches, the crucial need of the human race is to find a unifying vision of the nature of man and society. Baha’i International Community, 1992 Statement on Baha’u’llah

Just back from a flying visit to Spain where Moojan spoke at the extremely popular monthly salon hosted by Mirta and Augusto Lopez-Claros in their beautiful home in Madrid. About 40 people attended from all walks of life, including many members of the international executive committee of AIESEC (the business student organisation), directors of NGOs, the editor of the Spanish edition of Foreign Policy (the international relations journal), bankers and educationalists. A fascinating group of people.

Moojan spoke on `Ideology in the New Millennium’. He explained how religion was the main `ideology’ of the past, the lens through which everyone looked at reality. By the 18th and 19th centuries, science provided a new lens on reality. The 20th century ideologies based on nationalism, racism and communism failed.

The 21st century, he suggested, needs a new `ideology’ at the centre of society, one that has the spiritual values that religion provides, that focuses on the empowerment of individuals and connects them to the source of their being but also fulfils other criteria: promotes and fosters unity at every level of society; sees both religion and science as valid and significant ways of understanding reality; has as its goal the enrichment of human life in all its dimensions; encourages scientific enquiry and scholarship, based on the unfettered search for truth; promotes peace and collective security at the international level; provides the framework for international governance; fosters the prosperity of all humanity; encourages consultative decision-making and problem-solving; provides the means of overcoming prejudices, racism and exclusivity; is able to deal with complexity; recognises the equality of women and men and facilitates their partnership in all endeavours; promotes the oneness of humanity yet values its diversity; actively works to protect the planet; protects minorities; educates all children; expects people to contribute to their own maintenance and that of their community by working and values all work; encourages cultural development and the arts; and is flexible and able to adapt and change as the global community changes and develops.

He proposed that the Baha’i Faith fulfils these criteria. The Spanish audience tended to agree.

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