All posts by Andrew Lefton

Andrew Lefton joined the Bahá'í Faith in 1974 and has served it locally, nationally and internationally for nearly 50 years. He is a retired Federal IT analyst and project manager, a former director of the National Health Information Center in Washington, D.C and a program director at the University of Florida's Institute for Child Health Policy. His interests include studying about life’s big questions.

Peace: Through Religion Cast Anew – by Andrew Lefton

How does one consider achieving peace while living in a world that is currently confused, polarized and disunited? How do we live in a manner that leads to peaceful cooperation? We have, historically, tried various political and economic systems and yet we, as a society, continue to exist in a seemingly endless downward spiral with only brief peace-like respites. Given our current set of conditions, we can guess where it all leads if a fundamental change doesn’t occur.

It appears that humanity is in need of asking itself certain fundamental questions, such as: Who am I? What is the purpose for my existence? What do I believe in? How should I correctly act towards others?  Once we begin to discern answers to these and other questions of value and character can we start to move ourselves and our society towards a more unified and productive direction. A direction that leads us out of ourselves and begins to widen our vision.

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