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Posted: 27 March 2006 at 8:33am | IP Logged Quote RonPrice

We all sift what we read through the filter of our own attitudes, beliefs and values. Here is a result of my sifitng today:

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ALL IS GESTATION

As the Baha’i community was launching its world-embracing spiritual crusade in October 1952 and commemorating the centenary of the first intimations of its Founder’s glorious mission in the Siyah-Chal, Ernest Hemingway’s book The Old Man and the Sea was in its first weeks in the bookshops having been published to wide critical acclaim. Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for this book in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in 1954.

The Baha’i community had a battle ahead in the Ten Year Crusade: 1953-1963 and many future Plans. Hemingway’s book was about the battle each individual must fight in the world of reality, about endurance and about leaving traces that will last forever. So, too, was this same battle, this same experience, these same traces at the core of the Baha’i Plan just beginning. The establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth was just about to begin and Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea could be seen as a metaphorical story of the journey toward that unearthly sovereignty. -Ron Price, Pioneering Over Four Epochs, March 27th 2006.

Yes, Ernest, to write what

is true to your nature,

what becomes part of

the experience of others,

what you believe, short

sentences and paragraphs,

alone, something never done

before and, yes, it is difficult.

Everything that endures is

worthwhile and is difficult,

all is gestation and bringing

forth, especially this unearthly

sovereignty in these pioneers

There’s an isolation in pioneers

as they dwell in houses, on streets

and in the forest of this passing world.

Pioneers are to be found in teachers,

nurses, doctors, engineers, a dozen

walks of life. Pioneers will find that

reality comes infinitely slowly

and requires patience as they hew

and mould their visions all their days.

-Ron Price

March 27th 2006.

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That's all folks!



Edited by RonPrice on 27 September 2006 at 3:36am


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Posted: 27 September 2006 at 3:42am | IP Logged Quote RonPrice

Six months after posting the above prose-poem, I'd like to add the following item with appreciation to my fellow-Canadian Ernest Hemingway:

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Hemingway fits into a religion I have been associated with for more than 50 years. The following prose-poem integrates Hemingway and the Baha'i Faith in a tangential fashion.

PROSECUTED, AT LAST

...Prosecute uninterruptedly teaching campaign...in accordance with Divine Plan.

-Shoghi Effendi, "Message to 1937 Convention", Messages to America: 1932-1946, Wilmette, 1947, p. 9.

I love this process by which each passing day is captured, not only its impressions, but also, at least by suggestion, its intellectual direction and content as well, less for the purpose of remembering...than for taking stock, reviewing, maintaining awareness, achieving perspective. -Thomas Mann, 11 February 1934, in Thomas Mann: Diaries-1918-1939, Andre Deutsche, editor, London, 1983, p.vi.

 

While Hitler was getting very serious

and Stalin was mowing them down;

and Scott Fitfgerald was moving to

Hollywood. Dorothy Parker was

working hard for the Communist

Party and the Screen Writers Guild.

Ernest Hemingway was making a

film about the Spanish Civil War;

the New Deal was speeding through

its second phase; physics was

deciding the age of the earth and

producing its immortal work—it was

a very busy time, just before I was born.

The international teaching plan was

prosecuted, at last, throughout the world

in an initial warm-up phase(1937-1944).

Ron Price

4 October 1995

 



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