Henry Miller was an American writer who broke with literary tradition and created novels that combined fiction, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection and mysticism. He also wrote travel memoirs including The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, an account of his journeys across the United States of America.

“…we only got as far as the Bahá’í temple. A workman who was shovelling sand opened the door of the temple and showed us around. He kept telling us that we all worshipped the same God, that all religions were alike in essence. In the little pamphlet which he handed us to read I learned that the Forerunner of the Faith, the Founder of the faith, and the authorized Interpreter and Exemplar of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings all suffered persecution and martyrdom for daring to make God’s love all-inclusive. It’s a queer world, even in this enlightened period of civilization. The Bahá’í temple has been twenty years building and is not finished yet… The circular meeting place on the ground floor resembles the hollow of a shell and inspires peace and meditation as few places of worship do. The movement has already spread over most of the globe, thanks to its persecutors and detractors. There is no colour line, as in Christian churches…. It is for this reason that the Bahá’í movement is destined to outlast all the other religious organizations on this continent.”

From The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, 1947

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