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Rainn Wilson is an Emmy-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor, known for his roles in The Office, Six Feet Under, The Last Mimzy, My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Saturday Night Live.

“When you grow up with a spiritual foundation that asks you to be conscious of the fact that all races are created equal, that men and women are equal and that all religions worship the same God, it helps you see the world as one family and not get lost in the traps of political, social and economic belief systems that can lead you astray. I always think of myself as a world citizen. It’s a powerful thing…

I was in New York City, going to acting school, and I was going through a rebellious phase. I didn’t want anyone telling me what to do. I was disenchanted with things that were organized. It was a spiritual journey I was on. And this is reflected in and supported by one of the central tenets of the Bahá’í Faith, which obliges every spiritual seeker to undertake an individual investigation of truth.

I started at ground zero. I decided I didn’t know if there was even a God. I read religious books of the world. I asked myself, “If there is a God, how do we know what He wants us to do and what He wants for us? Do we read books? Do we buy crystals? Do we follow certain gurus? Do we sit under a tree? Because surely this omniscient creator has some kind of plan in store for mankind…”

It brought me back to the Bahá’í way of viewing things. I came to realize I did believe in God. I couldn’t conceive of a universe without someone overseeing it in a compassionate way. It just made the most sense to me that God gradually is unfolding a plan for humankind. That there is progressive revelation — the Bahá’í belief that God sends Messengers for each day and age. I re-read books about the Bahá’í Faith. And I came back to believing that Bahá’u’lláh was the Promised One and Messenger for this day and age…

My feeling about the Faith is that it provides a practical guideline for living one’s life. So much about religion has to do with rigid, sacrosanct preciousness. I don’t live my life that way, and I don’t feel that’s what Bahá’u’lláh teaches. He wants us to live rich, full, loving lives in service to God’s will and the human family.

I love how democratic the (Bahá’í) Faith is, that it has no clergy, no people telling us how to interpret the word of God. In this day and age we see how corrupt clergy can lead mankind down so many bad roads.”