The question is – Should the wealthy pay more? My answer is yes.
Then the next question becomes, “How?” As in, “How should the wealthy pay more?” Other people’s answer is, They should be taxed more. My answer is, The wealthy should pay more voluntarily. Even the Baha’i Writings prescribe voluntary sharing of one’s wealth.
Then the next question becomes, “Okay, so you think that that wealthy should pay more voluntarily. How do you propose that they will do that?” My answer is, “They have to come to that decision on their own. Teach them the Baha’i Writings, just as you would teach any other person. Teach them the principles of one human family, that serving humanity is good for the person serving, that in the Baha’i Teachings the highest station one can attain is “servant”, that work performed in the spirit of service to others and helping others is a form of worship to God. And we can’t force people to worship, because forcing people to worship is proselytizing. Looked at in that regard, I think that taxes are a form of proselytizing.”
Impossible? No. Challenging? Yes. It might not happen in our lifetime. But it will happen.
The unification of the human race is not only possible, but inevitable.
In this video, my good friend and colleague Matthew Carlson and I sit down to chat about some recent big changes in The Walking Dead. And for those interested, there is a little discussion on Baha’i principles. If you like this video, please feel free to share. Thanks for watching! 🙂
“ALL countries, in the estimation of the one true God, are but one country, and all cities and villages are on an equal footing. Neither holds distinction over another. All of them are the fields of God and the habitation of the souls of men. Through faith and certitude, and the precedence achieved by one over another, however, the dweller conferreth honor upon the dwelling, some of the countries achieve distinction, and attain a preeminent position. For instance, notwithstanding that some of the countries of Europe and of America are distinguished by, and surpass other countries in, the salubrity of their climate, the wholesomeness of their water, and the charm of their mountains, plains and prairies, yet Palestine became the glory of all nations inasmuch as all the holy and divine Manifestations, from the time of Abraham until the appearance of the Seal of the Prophets (Muḥammad), have lived in, or migrated to, or traveled through, that country. Likewise, Mecca and Medina have achieved illimitable glory, as the light of Prophethood shone forth therein. For this reason Palestine and Ḥijáz have been distinguished from all other countries. Likewise, the continent of America is, in the eyes of the one true God, the land wherein the splendors of His light shall be revealed, where the mysteries of His Faith shall be unveiled, where the righteous will abide and the free assemble.”
Tablets of the Divine Plan
In my latest short film, Fitz Henley explores deeper meanings and spiritual themes in his hip hop lyrics. Topics include, inner progression, living for fame vs living for nobility, music is a healing remedy, and of particular interest to people of African American descent is his discussion of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.
After viewing this clip, you may be interested in watching it’s companion piece, E.B.T. – N.Y.C. by Fitz Henley and Akka (LIVE) which is a live performance of the song that Fitz Henley explores above.
Fitz Henley and Akka perform their original song “E.B.T. – N.Y.C.” (Entry By Troops – New York City) during a live performance in Brooklyn NYC. MultiCamera shoot directed and edited by Charlie Kirby.
After viewing this clip, you may be interested in watching it’s companion piece Fitz Henley explores lyrics to E.B.T. – N.Y.C. in which Fitz Henley sits down for an interview to explore deeper meanings and spiritual themes in his hip hop lyrics.