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In The Sun Also Rises(1926) Christianity is no longer part of the inner lives of people. Hemmingway knew the jig was up for the old religions. A small core of the North American population had found by 1926 a new basis for community in the teachings of the Buddha, of Baha'u'llah and other New Religious Movements. But it was not until the 1960s that the numbers in this core became anything more than miniscule. In 1960 there were still under 1000 Baha'is in Canada. When I began my pioneer life in 1962 the Baha'i community began to increase significantly in many places in the world. Many people found a new dynamic, a new basis for community, in the Baha'i teachings, but the work was slow and arduous. Buddhism among the old religions and Baha’i among the new slowly grew in popularity. -Ron Price, an attempt to place the origin and growth of this new Order in perspective.

Just as you* were bringing that Order

into its first form the world, the world

which got His Tablets, was getting turned

upside down by cars that took people away

and away, planes that took them up and away

and radios that took their old world away

as did urbanization which made it difficult

to know who your neighbour was in cities

of thousands and anomie spread to every root

and branch and they rushed into a new age

mostly without poetry, music or beauty, although

there was more sound and words written

than ever before and the cars and planes got faster

and the lost generation of the Twenties

was lost again in the Sixties

as they brought that Order further into view

and the spiritual malaise got deeper

and that was really what you had to fight

in the third war which never came

as the old community died

and this new one was slowly born.

But it was no garden party either.

You had to give it all, at least sometimes,

to keep the spark of belief from dieing out,

being asphyxiated, in a tempest

of incredible complexity, speed and unpredictability.

Ron Price

9 March 1996

* Shoghi Effendi

+ 'Abdu'l-Baha's document, foundation, for the spread of His father's teachings(1916-17)

** Universal House of Justice

 



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THINGS GOT AWEFULLY COMPLEX

This poem, drawing on Hemmingway's book "The Sun Also Rises," tries to take an overview of my mother's life. She was 16 in 1920 and living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Gertrude Stein said my mother was part of a lost generation. Fitzgerald said that generation was bright and with infinite belief. Ernest Hemmingway dramatized the disappearance of this belief in The Sun Also Rises in 1926. -Ron Price with thanks to Henry Idema III, Freud, Religion and the Roaring Twenties, Rowman and Littlefield Pub., 1990, p.135.

You were part of what they called

the lost generation, after that first war,

when the spiritual dynamic

seemed to fall out of the whole thing,

some spiritual debacle

where the roots of faith

were finally severed

and some kind of secular tree

grew out of depression and more war

and the necessity for something

to fill the all-pervasive spaces

and holes of existence.

Things got awefully complex too,

for you, as the years went on

and a hundred options

on a hundred trees tried to interpret

what was really happening

as the tempest blew and blew

across the face of the earth,

in your towns and on your days.

Ron Price

15 January 2003



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