Academic journal article The Journal of Baha'i Studies

The Ideal Person

Academic journal article The Journal of Baha'i Studies

The Ideal Person

Article excerpt

When we returned to the shop

after lunch, we were surprised

to discover the ideal person

totally assembled, looking similar

to some of our earlier designs.

Hands, a bowtie, paper clips,

tear ducts - things with, things

without - all put to use. Who

did this? we collectively asked.

No one answered, except the ideal

person himself. "I'm guaranteed,"

he said, "I've been given...,"

His language trailed off, and other qualities

he must have believed to be everlasting

began to collapse around him.

"Let's dismantle it, start over, locate

what made it work in the first place,"

I said. We all agreed

it must be a parts problem -

maybe this time a real heart instead of

a spigot, lips instead of a spit valve.

And so we proceeded to again look

at everything we'd collected,

try to select the best possible parts

to build the best possible person.

Yet the mystery remained. How did

the ideal person get built without us?

The famous Screw Instead of Nail Theory,

and Wilson's Part B, Second Cause of all

Things Theory, were offered as possibilities. …

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