Equal opportunity of the means of Existence

June 4, 2021
Equal opportunity of the means of Existence

Issues of Society

Equal opportunity of the means of Existence

Source: Paris Talks

‘Abdu’l-Baha addressed the Theosophical Society of Paris:

“Every human being has the right to live; they have a right to rest, and to a certain amount of well-being. As a rich man is able to live in his palace surrounded by luxury and the greatest comfort, so should a poor man be able to have the necessaries of life. Nobody should die of hunger; everybody should have sufficient clothing; one man should not live in excess while another has no possible means of existence.

Let us try with all the strength we have to bring about happier conditions, so that no single soul may be destitute.”

Further explaining this theme in a talk given at 4 Avenue de Camoens, He explained: 

“There must be special laws made, dealing with these extremes of riches and of want. The members of the Government should consider the laws of God when they are framing plans for the ruling of the people. The general rights of mankind must be guarded and preserved.

The government of the countries should conform to the Divine Law which gives equal justice to all. This is the only way in which the deplorable superfluity of great wealth and miserable, demoralizing, degrading poverty can be abolished. Not until this is done will the Law of God be obeyed.”


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