Friday, January 30, 2009

Possible responses to scenario x.03

1. Abandon the Baha'i community to its fate.
2. Post articles in Internet forums and blogs about what's wrong with the Baha'i community.
3. Try to change the way Baha'is think about the administration by writing articles and books about it, and finding ways to get them past the censorship to as many Baha'is as possible.
4. Encourage Baha'is, on line and off line, to ignore signs of disapproval of their ideas and what they're doing with their lives, from anyone, including Baha'i celebrities, and Baha'i institutions and their members and representatives.
5. Encourage Baha'is, on line and off line, to investigate for themselves what the House of Justice is promoting, by reading the relevant messages.
6. Help Baha'is, on line and off line, learn to distinguish and separate the interests stated in messages of the House of Justice from possible interests of its members and representatives, and of Baha'i celebrities, and of members and representatives of other Baha'i institutions,
8. Investigate what other faith communities have done to address this problem (see RVCBard's comment).
7. Some combination of the above.

I would welcome any other ideas about how to respond to the scenario of fictional view x.03.


RVCBard said...

At the risk of sounding triumphalist, I'd say investigate what other faith communities have done to address this problem.

One of the things that attracted me to Judaism is the fact that people can disagree about just about anything and still be a part of the Jewish community. I'm not sure exactly how this came to be, but I believe looking more deeply into it may provide some inspiration for you.

Jim Habegger said...

Well, thank you, Bard!