Whatever the ultimate fate of affirmative action, we will have to come to grips with the reality that love cannot be legislated. Social conditions are a reflection of spiritual conditions, and it is through changing hearts that we will change the world. This is the insight that empowered the striving of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and inspires contemporary efforts such as the National Center for Race Amity. As 'Abdu'l-Baha has written:
"...they shun the obscurity of the world of nature, their highest wish centereth on the eradication from among men of the struggle for existence, the shining forth of the spirituality and the love of the realm on high, the exercise of utmost kindness among peoples, the realization of an intimate and close connection between religions and the practice of the ideal of self-sacrifice."