Communism says that mankind is inherently “good”. That a long time ago, we were living in a classless state of utopia. That by getting rid of the class-system; we will once again live in a modern paradise. In the Marxist heaven; goods are provided to everyone based on their needs … work is done by everyone based on their abilities … and there will be no masters and no gods … just the brotherhood of mankind.
For most of the intelligent civilized world, that has proven to be a load of crap. Very similar to the Mullahs’ propaganda of our initial sinful expulsion from heaven, and the promise of paradise … if we are obedient and listen to the supreme leader!
However, recently and separately, four of my old friends (ex Tudeh, Fadaei, Maoist and Paykar) have tried to convince me that the above mentioned bag of Shiite is actually a pot of gold.
Having seen half the world and all sorts of people … I can only say that we are what we are. Perhaps a 50/50 mix of “good” and “bad” … whatever those terms mean, based on the conventional wisdom (good=loving, social and caring … bad= greedy, careless and destructive).
I mean 50/50 is the most optimistic that I can accept, on a flower-filled day of the nicest spring. Otherwise, I know and have seen that from the very ancient times and among all primitive cultures; killing one another … cannibalizing each other … torturing the captives for pleasure … exploiting the weak, the women and the children, has always been the norm!
There never was a paradise, to be lost.
But truth be told, the beauty of a sweet myth is that; most people seek refuge and solace in the bosom of some sort of motherly love and cuddly religion. Communism made at least one generation of the Iranian intellectuals believe in utopian ideals, with heads in the 7th cloud … until they came face-to-face with the actual realities of revolution, absolutism and fascism.
Whenever and wherever it’s been successful; communism has consistently brought ruthless tyranny over people’s lives. Quelle Surprise! You allow a single party, a single ideology, a single leader to take over the lives of people … and every time that closed system will show you “the inherent goodness of mankind”!
Sadly, I was unable to convince any of my four highly educated friends. I guess the Iranian “intellectual” cannot part with his pacifier … even at old age.
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