I noticed your readers seem more interested in my country’s problems than most “hipsters.” I find this reaction as inspiring as I find your flippant tone disturbing. Many of you seem to argue
I noticed your readers seem more interested in my country’s problems than most “hipsters.” I find this reaction as inspiring as I find your flippant tone disturbing. Many of you seem to argue about what the president should do. Personally, I would like him to show more support but I don’t think it’s that relevant. There is a fire going on over there that nobody can put out or even “change.”
For most of my life I have referred to myself as Persian but for the first time ever I have begun to proudly say Iranian. I’m not sure any of you comprehend how consequential these riots are. It’s not about one country. It’s about all of Islam. We used to be the most progressive culture in the world. Then, in 1979, a strange sect of eccentric religious people took control and hijacked the entire country. This is what happened with Islam. It was the most advanced religion in the world until it was hijacked by a strange group who pulled it back into the dark ages for reasons I am yet to mentally digest.
The revolutionaries allowed the regime to take control because they thought they were benign. Like allowing monks to guard the Parliament Buildings while you cleaned up the mess and got organized. The mess Islam has become is just as absurd as a few Hasidim taking over the entire Jewish religion and insisting every remotely Jewish woman in the world wear a wig. Imagine Hasidim in Hasidic police cars beating Jewish women in New York City for wearing short skirts? That is the bizarre situation my religion and Iran finds itself in.
We are tired of being dragged into the dark ages. We are fighting not just for progress but to get back where we were 50 years ago. We are the only culture that has gone backwards in time and it is simply not natural.
It is tragic what happened to the Lioness Neda but her name means “Voice” or “The Calling” and as soon as that video was released we knew everyone would understand our plight. This is about free speech as much as anything and what defines humanity more than free speech? The reason humans have advanced past other creatures is we can communicate with each other and warn each other about danger. I believe it’s called memes. Other animals, even chimps, have to rely on instincts. To deny us our right to communicate is to deny us our humanity.
I hope all your readers join us in our fight to be human again.