I did a double take when I read this excerpt from a letter dated April 8th 2007 sent by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States:
Our assessment of the Bah??’? communityâ€™s spiritual vitality and prospects for growth inspires our confidence that â€?the elements required for a concerted effort to infuse [our country] with the spirit of Bah??’u’ll??hâ€™s Revelationâ€? are robust and capable. Public awareness and receptivity to the Bah??’? Faith are high, tens of thousands of Bah??’?s are trained in the core activities, well over 1,100 childrenâ€™s classes are held regularly, 41 programs of intensive growth are in operation, and Local Spiritual Assemblies and cluster agencies evince increasing vigor in their pursuit of the Planâ€™s goals. Nevertheless, as we reported last year, growth remains low. The past 10 years have witnessed a 50 percent decline in enrollments.
I know, I know, as usual many will think that I’m making this up. Save your darts for the pub and see the letter for yourself.
I believe it was George Santayana who said:
A fanatic is one who, having lost sight of his aim, redoubles his efforts
Being less eloquent than Santayana, I scratch my head and say, wtf?
When will the group think end? when will they pull their head out of the sand and realize that what they’ve been doing simply is… not… working.
When we have an 80% drop in enrollments? when we actually start seeing a drop, not in enrollments, but in the actual Baha’i community membership?
I’d really like to know what it would take wake these people up!
They seem to be so sound asleep that a gong banged centimeters away from their ears wouldn’t in the least disturb their slumber.
Do not disturb. NSA member at work