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Ever-Advancing Civilization

Bahá’ís see the entire enterprise of civilization as a spiritual process involving the progressive awakening of humanity’s moral and creative capacities. The creation of a “corruption-free” public milieu consequently depends on the building up of moral capacity within individuals, communities and social institutions. How is it possible to build moral capacity? What are the practical strategies societies can adopt that will raise up from within their populations positive social actors who choose to lead lives of service and probity? Education is an indispensable tool. The fact that the world community is pluralist in character should not deter governments and international agencies from giving serious attention to the question of moral development. The growing collaboration among religious communities, non-governmental organizations and public institutions in addressing major social challenges provides evidence of the possibility for effective action.
(Bahá’í International Community, 2001 May 28-31, Overcoming Corruption in Public Institutions)


If, however, by delay and postponement they mean this, that in each generation only one minute section of the necessary reforms should be attended to, this is nothing but lethargy and inertia, and no results would be forthcoming from such a procedure, except the endless repetition of idle words. If haste is harmful, inertness and indolence are a thousand times worse. A middle course is best, as it is written: “It is incumbent upon you to do good between the two evils,” this referring to the mean between the two extremes.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 108)