A hundred years ago in 1912, a widely-respected man was invited to our country from Persia to share a prescient message of world peace a mere handful of years before the outbreak of World War I in Europe. Sadly that message fell on largely deaf ears and the ensuing global conflict brought more widespread violence and death than the world had ever seen. 1912 was an election year like now and this visitor, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, met with many prominent officials and common folk alike. One day, he was asked – apparently by a sitting U.S. Congressman – about the necessary qualifications of those seeking the U.S. presidency. His recorded response was one which bears some consideration for the subtle points it makes.
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