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The sea of the unity of mankind is lifting up its waves with joy … - Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 19. You are all waves of one sea, mirrors of one reflection. – Ibid., p. 48. All mankind will dwell together as one family, blend as the waves of one sea, shine as stars of one firmament and appear as fruits of the same tree. – The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 145.Returning to Dinesen’s quotation, in these instances salt is essential, and possibly even a cure. But this is only true if it is present in a moderate amount. Too much salt in our diets contributes to cardiovascular disease and other illnesses, while not enough can lead to dehydration and even death. Moderation, as the Baha'i teachings tell us, is the key:
It is incumbent upon the loved ones of God to exercise the greatest care and prudence in all things, whether great or small. Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 233.We want to work, but not too much. We are enriched by our emotions, though we don’t want them to overwhelm us. We depend on the seas but are threatened by floods and tsunamis. Salt is not rare. Nevertheless, like all other natural substances, we must use it wisely. The environment and our place in it must always be balanced. Practicing moderation keeps it beneficial and sustaining to us. Since the reverse is true, we are reminded to respect salt as we do everything else that comprises our natural world.