Updated: Aug 14, 2021
You read an article recently that said: "Even if you don't read Superman comics, you'd still know of him through osmosis." It describes when something has become so much a part of the environment that it frames the way people think about things and becomes their symbols, even if they don't formally subscribe to those symbols. That is what art can do to an idea, a belief, a movement.
The Young Writer's Endeavor, a summer program facilitated by a team of friends where Bahá'í youth and their friends of the Faith from around the world come together for a month to learn how to express themselves and communicate concepts of the Faith through different literary mediums. One of the weeks was about comics, where each youth created their own comic after exploring the mechanics of the medium through assignments and a guest lecture from a professional. A lot of our youth read their comics on Webtoon, a popular webcomics platform amongst their age. YWE decided to start our own Webtoon channel, where we will showcase the brilliant comics created by our youth during the workshop. Tonight our first episode went up, "A Rainbow's Promise" by our talented participant Layli G., which is an intro to the Bahá'í Covenant.
Baháʼu'lláh says that education should not begin and end with only words. At the beginning of the month, if you searched the word "Bahá'í" on Webtoon, only one piece of content would have come up. Now you will find two. That is part of what our youth produced in a month; increasing the presence of the Faith in the places where they consume media.
In addition to teaching and service in each of our communities, this too is a victory we can win for Baháʼu'lláh during our lifetimes. Osmosis.
"The knowledge of such sciences, however, should be acquired as can profit the peoples of the earth, and not those which begin with words and end with words." -Baháʼu'lláh