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									 True Prosperity

The Awakening of the Human
          Spirit
          Organizing Principle

Human nature is fundamentally spiritual and
  spiritual principles underlie the essential
  elements of a peaceful, prosperous and
            advancing civilization.
          Spiritual Reality

   The material world is a reflection of
spiritual conditions and until the spiritual
conditions are changed, there can be no
lasting change for the better in material
                   affairs
          True Civilization

True civilization does not arise merely from
 material progress, but rather is defined by
  and based upon the transcendent values
           that hold society together
       True Civilization- Basis


Shared beliefs and moral values unite people
 into communities and give tangible direction
 and meaning to individual and collective life
           Moral Principles

   Much like the physical principles that
govern the material world, the social world,
too, is governed by moral principles, which
  underlie the functioning of an ordered
                  society
        Complexity of Issues

The interrelatedness of challenges stemming
    from the critical issues facing the world
  today calls for the articulation of principles
 capable of guiding analysis, decision-making
      and the development of indicators to
               measure progress.
            Material Solutions

Fail to address the underlying root issue, the
 moral and spiritual development of mankind
         beginning with the individual.
 "No matter how far the material world
advances, it cannot establish the happiness
   of mankind. Only when material and
     spiritual civilization are linked and
  coordinated will happiness be assured.”

               Bahá'u'lláh
              Prosperity

The presence/abundance of those ethical,
  social and material resources needed to
  develop the moral, intellectual and social
 capacities of individuals, communities and
                  institutions
               Resources

 Ethical resources refer to a framework of moral
  values and ethical principles and an
  accompanying program for their
  implementation.
 Social resources refer to support structures such
  as the family, the community and the nation.
                Capacities
 Moral capacities refer for example, to moral
  reasoning, service to humanity, non-adversarial
  decision-making; cultivation of dignity and self-
  worth. Together, these capabilities enlarge an
  individual’s capacity for moral action.
 Social capacities encompass, for example,
  parenting and leadership skills. Together, these
  capabilities enlarge an individual’s capacity to
  advance the well-being of his or her community.
              Prosperity
   Prosperity begins with and within the
 individual. The degree to which individuals
     have the freedom, opportunity and
  conditions to develop and manifest their
   moral, intellectual and social capacities,
individually and collectively is the degree to
    which a particular society will become
                  prosperous.
    Spiritually-Based Indicators
“These indicators are based on universal
  principles which are essential to the
  development of the human spirit and,
  therefore to individual and collective
  progress. These measures emerge from a
  vision of development in which material
  progress serves as a vehicle for spiritual and
  cultural advancement.”
       Foundational Principles
     (Examples from “Valuing Spirituality”)


►   Unity in Diversity
►   Equity and Justice
►   Equality of the Sexes
►   Trustworthiness and Moral Leadership
►   Independent Investigation of Truth
Indices that measure the quality, direction
and results of individual spiritual well-being


  The degree to which spiritual education and moral
  development opportunities exist in society.

  The degree to which the concept of service as a
  path to individual development is both verbalized and
  practiced for social transformation – increase in leisure
  time and the percentage of leisure time devoted to
  service.

  Equitable treatment of women including their right
  to time for personal and spiritual development.
Indices that measure the quality, direction
and results of individual spiritual well-being


 The degree to which individuals and the community
  have skills, competencies, knowledge and opportunity
  for sustainable livelihoods.

 Money spent on philanthropy (measured as a
  percentage of income) measured for individuals and
  nations.
    Indices that measure the quality, direction
       and results of community well-being

   Degree to which moral leadership is perceived to be
    expected and evident in all walks of life.

   Degree to which an orientation of service to the common
    good is reflected in policy and programs.

   The degree to which all members of society have equal
    access to programs and benefits.
    Indices that measure the quality, direction
       and results of community well-being


   The degree to which the promotion of individual and
    collective transformation is reflected in all development
    programs.

   Degree to which beauty (natural and man-made) is
    accessible in society and the degree to which the arts and
    literature flourish and provide a moral compass for society.

								
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