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The Seventh Principle—Equality of Humankind

Updated: Sep 12, 2020

An excerpt from Paris Talks by 'Abdu'l-Baha. Talk dated November 13th, 1911 and presented at 4 Avenue de Camoëns, Paris.

All men are equal before the law, which must reign absolutely. - 'Abdu'l-Baha
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‘ABDU’L‑BAHÁ said:

“THE Laws of God are not imposition of will, or of power, or pleasure, but the resolutions of truth, reason and justice.”

All men are equal before the law, which must reign absolutely.

The object of punishment is not vengeance, but the prevention of crime.

Kings must rule with wisdom and justice; prince, peer and peasant alike have equal rights to just treatment, there must be no favor shown to individuals. A judge must be no “respecter of persons,” but administer the law with strict impartiality in every case brought before him.

If a person commit a crime against you, you have not the right to forgive him; but the law must punish him in order to prevent a repetition of that same crime by others, as the pain of the individual is unimportant beside the general welfare of the people.

When perfect justice reigns in every country of the Eastern and Western World, then will the earth become a place of beauty. The dignity and equality of every servant of God will be acknowledged; the ideal of the solidarity of the human race, the true brotherhood of man, will be realized; and the glorious light of the Sun of Truth will illumine the souls of all men.

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