The lotus grows out of the murky waters of swamps and blooms into the most wondrous beauty. It is a symbol of compassion, wisdom and women's emancipation in eastern philosophy.
I am just going to say this because i just HAVE to. it worries me no end to see how these past few weeks have played out among our community here. it sends shivers up my spine to note how violent we can be. how can we still be shouting 'death to this or that' after 30 years of being embarrassed by a regime that chants 'death to...' on and on without hesitation about the meaning and the consequences?
i know this is not coherent. i am tired after hours at a local rally against the regime. but it was disappointing. the crowd was a mix of all kinds, and had no real organisation. different groupings chanted different things, but they got loudest and most united when they shouted 'death to dictator'. i could not join in. i cannot believe that we cannot find a more humane and purposeful slogan.
please, stop the name calling. everyone here has the right to their opinion. everyone deserves respect.
what we have in iran is the tyranny of the majority against a sizable minority that is sick and tired of political islam, confrontation and abrasiveness.
but herein lies our very dilemma and our utter hypocrisy: what are we doing shouting 'death to dictator'? can't we see the inherent contradiction in this? what on earth are we doing screaming abuse at the likes of jaleh on the site? what kind of reformists are we?
if the revolution succeeds, are we going to get a secular khalkhali putting thousands to the sword? what have we actually learned then?
please forgive my rant. but i see a propensity to violence and vengeance. a friend at the rally caused it. when i asked her why she was chanting about death, she said: 'i want revenge. i want all these bastards dead'.
we might be in for quite another nightmare if the likes of her succeed.
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