Same crowd, same people
If Bahais cannot
make new friends, how will they achieve unity
September 4, 2003
Last weekend, I had the opportunity
to attend a conference in San Francisco, sponsored by the Bahais of Canada. This conference was open to Bahais
and non Bahais as well as people whom were born in Bahai families
but didn't practice the religion.
I belong to the last category. I
attended the conference to see family member whom I had not seen in a couple decades. I was at the conference in the company of
3 cousins, 2 males and 1 female.
These guys, all in their late 20s to mid 30s were there for 2 reasons;
finding a spouse and learning more about their faith. Yes,
in that order.
Throughout the conference I met many of my cousins'
friends; some had come as far away as Australia. During a
late dinner, I noticed a recurring theme. The guys and the
girls were all complaining that they were not meeting anyone new
their interaction was limited to people they already knew.
The men kept generalizing all women at the conference as snobs
and the women kept saying there were no eligible men and the very
few that were there, were, guess what, snobs. Other words such
as unfriendly, psycho, and unclassy, were also used, but I will
not get into that.
During the first day and a half of this conference I did not notice
any clicks and the fact that most of the mingling
of the people was done in a circle of old friends. But as
I paid attention during the last day and a half, I
noticed that it was true; people who knew each other
Ironically enough, the morning of the last day
of this conference, as I as waiting in line to get
a cup of tall nocha from the Starbuck's stand in the hotel lobby,
I heard the following conversation between 2 sisters whom had come
from different cities: "... another conference,
same old crowd, and we didn't meet a single new person."
believe in and preach many fantastic principles such as unity of
mankind. If a bunch of "young" educated Bahais
cannot meet new people and make new friends in a safe friendly
of a conference, how will they achieve unity of mankind? >>> Romance
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