Baha’i Writings


1.     Spiritual / Relational


1.7             Economy (Cooperation & Reciprocity)

1.7.1                   Economy – The well-being of the down-trodden

            Thou must show forth that which will ensure the peace and the well-being of the miserable and the down-trodden.  Gird up the loins of thine endeavor, that perchance thou mayest release the captive from his chains, and enable him to attain unto true liberty.

Baha'u'llah:  Gleanings      Pages 92-93)

1.7.2                   Economy – Cooperation and Reciprocity
      It seems as though all creatures can exist singly and alone.  For
example, a tree can exist solitary and alone on a given prairie or in a valley or on the mountainside.  An animal upon a mountain or a bird soaring in the air might live a solitary life.  They are not in need of cooperation or solidarity.  Such animated beings enjoy the greatest comfort and happiness in their respective solitary lives.
     On the contrary, man cannot live singly and alone.  He is in need of continuous cooperation and mutual help.  For example, a man living alone in the wilderness will eventually starve.  He can never, singly and alone, provide himself with all the necessities of existence. Therefore, he is in need of cooperation and reciprocity.
     The mystery of this phenomenon, the cause thereof is this, that mankind has been created from one single origin, has branched off from one family.  Thus in reality all mankind represents one family. God has not created any difference.  He has created all as one that thus this family might live in perfect happiness and well-being.

     Regarding reciprocity and cooperation:  each member of the body politic should live in the utmost comfort and welfare because each individual member of humanity is a member of the body politic and if one member of the members be in distress or be afflicted with some disease all the other members must necessarily suffer.  For example, a member of the human organism is the eye.  If the eye should be affected that affliction would affect the whole nervous system.  Hence, if a member of the body politic becomes afflicted, in reality, from the standpoint of sympathetic connection, all will share that affliction since this (one afflicted) is a member of the group of members, a part of the whole.  Is it possible for one member or part to be in distress and the other members to be at ease?  It is impossible!  Hence God has desired that in the body politic of humanity each one shall enjoy perfect welfare and comfort.

`Abdu'l-Baha:  Foundations of World Unity*      Pages 38-39 


1.7.3                   Economy – Mutual helpfulness and cooperation

…Human brotherhood and dependence exist because mutual helpfulness and cooperation are the two necessary principles underlying human welfare.  This is the physical relationship of mankind.  There is another brotherhood - the spiritual - which is higher, holier and superior to all others.  It is heavenly; it emanates from the breaths of the Holy Spirit and the effulgence of merciful attributes; it is founded upon spiritual susceptibilities. This brotherhood is established by the Manifestations of the Holy One.

`Abdu'l-Baha:  Promulgation of Universal Peace*  Pages 150-151)

1.7.4                   Economy – The basis of human society

… Because the members of the world of humanity are unable to exist without being banded together, cooperation and mutual helpfulness is the basis of human society.  Without the realization of these two great principles no great movement is pressed forward...

`Abdu'l-Baha:  The Nineteen Day Feast         Pages 430-431)



1.7.5                   Economy – Laws and principles of government

The essence of the Bahá'í spirit is that, in order to establish a better social order and economic condition, there must be allegiance to the laws and principles of government.


            (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 238)



1.7.6                   Economy – The divine nature of economic condition

The fundamentals of the whole economic condition are divine in nature and are associated with the world of the heart and spirit.


            (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 238)