Our politicians and corporate leaders are guiding us to the brink of total despair. What can youth teach us about faith and hope?
From the Record Searchlight (Redding, California): Local event raises cash for charities by raising the spirit of the Â’60s
From Agence France-Presse: Baghdadis revel in first big football final in years Â“WeÂ’ve had only misery but we need to be happy. This is the first time that I forget everything. Can you distinguish a Shiite from a Sunni? No, they are all Iraqis,Â” said Mohammed Kazem, an 18-year-old deliveryman.
From OneWorld.Net: A Megaphone for KenyaÂ’s Street Kids Â“Kenyan youth living and working in the streets are finding new ways to raise awareness about the issues that matter to them using online blogs and photography.Â”
Well, since most of the adults in the world are either part of the cause of the worldÂ’s crises or totally beat down by the crisesÂ’ oppression, it appears youth are the preeminent solution.
ThatÂ’s not to say adults canÂ’t help but I feel strongly that most of that help should be in the form of assisting the youth of the world in gaining confidence in the enormous potential they have for turning our poor, sick globe aroundÂ—creating the faithful and hopeful impetus for positive change . . .
TodayÂ’s quote is addressed to BahÃ¡Â’Ã youth but its message is a clear call for any youth to grab the reins and charge into the future:
Â“Indeed, let them welcome with confidence the challenges awaiting them. Imbued with this excellence and a corresponding humility, with tenacity and a loving servitude, todayÂ’s youth must move towards the front ranks of the professions, trades, arts and crafts which are necessary to the further progress of humankindÂ—this to ensure that the spirit of the Cause will cast its illumination on all these important areas of human endeavor. Moreover, while aiming at mastering the unifying concepts and swiftly advancing technologies of this era of communications, they can, indeed they must also guarantee the transmittal to the future of those skills which will preserve the marvelous, indispensable achievements of the past. The transformation which is to occur in the functioning of society will certainly depend to a great extent on the effectiveness of the preparations the youth make for the world they will inherit.Â”
The Universal House of Justice, 1985 May 08, BahaÂ’i Youth of the World