MAIN TEACHINGS The purpose of human life for Baha'is is to know and to worship God, and to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. Baha'is have, for over one hundred years, striven to bring about the unity of mankind, world peace, and world order. To achieve these goals the Baha'i teachings encourage: 1. The fostering of good character and the development of spiritual qualities, such as honesty, trustworthiness, compassion, and justice. Prayer, meditation, and work done in the spirit of service to humanity are expressions of the worship of God. 2. The eradication of prejudices of race, creed, class, nationality, and sex. Racism retards the unfoldment of the boundless potentialities of its victims, corrupts its perpetrators, and blights human progress. Recognition of the oneness of mankind, implemented by appropriate legal measures, must be universally upheld if this problem is to be overcome. 3. The achievement of a dynamic coherence between the spiritual and practical requirements of life on earth. There are spiritual principles or values by which solutions can be found for every social problem. The essential merit of a spiritual principle is that it not only presents a perspective which harmonizes with that which is immanent in human nature, it also induces an attitude, a dynamic, a will, an aspiration, which facilitate the discovery and implementation of practical measures. 4. The development of the unique talents and abilities of each individual. Through the pursuit of knowledge, the acquisition of skills for the practice of a trade or profession and participation in community life both the individual and society as a whole are enriched. 5. The equality of women and men. The denial of such equality perpetrates an injustice against one half of the world's population and promotes in men harmful attitudes and habits that are carried from the family to the workplace, to political life, and ultimately to international relations. 6. The cause of universal education. Ignorance is indisputably the principal reason for the decline and fall of peoples and the perpetuation of prejudice. No nation can achieve success unless education is accorded all its citizens.