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“The root cause of wrongdoing is ignorance, and we must therefore hold fast to the tools of perception and knowledge. Good character must be taught. Light must be spread afar, so that, in the school of humanity, all may acquire the heavenly characteristics of the spirit, and see for themselves beyond any doubt that there is no fiercer Hell, no more fiery abyss, than to possess a character that is evil and unsound; no more darksome pit nor loathsome torment than to show forth qualities which deserve to be condemned.” “Selections From the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha” p. 136

As human beings, we grow and develop from infancy through childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age and our elder years. All along the way we learn physical skills which are enhanced by intellectual capabilities. Crawling, walking, running, dancing, playing, driving, writing, typing, painting, cooking and performing work are some of the basics. These are learned for the most part by concentrated effort. Everyone is unique, some people are more athletically inclined, others more artistic, creative or analytical.

There is an additional aspect of course, an aspect of human development which is not rooted in our bodies or brains. It is our relationship with our Creator. The divinely created essence of our souls, which receives and reflects heavenly qualities, this is the most glorious aspect of all. This spiritual growth is indeed the true flowering of humanity.

As a little child is first learning how to balance herself and take those first steps, she must also be encouraged to learn and show kindness. All of us, at whatever stage in life, can practice and improve our physical as well as our spiritual abilities.

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