Excerpt from Earth in the Balance. Senator Al Gore. New York: Plume, 1993. Pages 261-62; emphasis added


One of the newest of the great universalist religions, Baha'i, founded in
1863 in Persia by Mirza Husayn Ali, warns us not only to properly regard the
relationship between humankind and nature but also the one between
civilization and the environment. Perhaps because its guiding visions were
formed during the period of accelerating industrialism, Baha'i seems to
dwell on the spiritual implications of the great transformation to which it
bore fresh witness: "We cannot segregate the human heart from the
environment outside us
and say that once one of these is reformed everything
will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life molds the
environment and is itself deeply affected by it
. The one acts upon the other
and every abiding change in the life of man is the result of these mutual
reactions." And, again, from the Baha'i sacred writings comes this:
"Civilization, so often vaunted by the learned exponents of arts and
sciences will, if allowed to overleap the bounds of moderation, bring great
evil upon men