An oft-recurring exhortation of Baha'u'llah is: "Beware, O people of Baha, lest ye walk in the ways of them whose words differ from their deeds... Let your acts be a guide unto all mankind, for the profession of most men, be they high or low, differ from their conduct. It is through your deeds that ye can distinguish yourselves from others." (Dal 77) And 'Abdul-Baha shows us why the world is in such a sad plight: "What profit is there in agreeing that universal friendship is good, and talking of the solidarity of the human race as a grand ideal? Unless these thoughts are translated into the world of action, they are useless. The wrong in the world continues to exist just because people talk only of their ideals, and do not strive to put them into practice. If actions took the place of words, the world's misery would very soon be changed into comfort." (Pt 16).