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Pride & ِDisgrace of Being

Posted in History, Iran by homeyra on January 21, 2007

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بازگشت ابدي
افتخار و نكبت هستي

Rita wrote:

“I have been reading books on history of Iran for some time now, tome by tome, chapter by chapter, and word by word. From the beginning to present, I have reached the Constitution Revolution period and I have about one hundred years to go…

What I have concluded so far: This country is an extraordinary monster; each chapter is besmirched by malevolence, torture, pain, poverty, aggression, vengeance, sycophancy, and treason.

Iran of history books is scorched and pulverized cities and villages, gouged eyes, mutilated bodies, homes pulverized by dozens and dozens of alien hordes, surrender of millions of humans who were enslaved by the tyrants of the time.

I ask myself, do I love Iran? Am I proud of my land and of being Iranian?

Yes! The more I learn about how the people of my land have endured poverty, pain, rage, tyranny, and plunder the more I love it. I hold it in such esteem as not to let reason in. The horror I have felt in every corner of my land has more than ever inspired kinship with the millions of people who have turned to the earth covering my land, the earth I walk on. I know today that they too wanted to make a glorious history, yearned to eradicate agony, inequity, poverty and tyranny, but they failed. And I understand this failure. They remained silent and I know this silence. Iranians always chose silence. I have repeatedly heard their bones crushing in the folds of the bitter history of Iran, crushed bones, silent tongues.

What an enigma is the Iranian, what a monster, what a marvel, what irony and error, what pride and disgrace, what justice and tyranny, pride and ignominy of being. I love it.”

Pride and Disgrace of Being by Rita. Blog: Eternal Return

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Thank you CK.

Also by Rita: Peace Game
On Poets, Rulers & Us 

Update à la V! : Thank you Monte for introducing Howard Zin … “To live now as we think human should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us...”.

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  1. iranfacts said, on January 22, 2007 at 2:30 am

    It’s a GREAT idea you are translating persian blogs, Homeyra.

  2. Agent 99 said, on January 22, 2007 at 3:27 am

    Maybe we ought to start thinking of countries where this isn’t true, if there are any, and start emulating them.

  3. servant said, on January 22, 2007 at 4:27 am

    Homeyra you are fantastic. Thank you for translating these thoughts and sentiments. Thank you for letting me see though the eyes of others.

  4. homeyra said, on January 22, 2007 at 6:52 am

    Thank you Naj, oops… sorry… Iranfacts. No, no. I won’t call you Iranfacts! please choose an easier nick!

    True 99…. dodo’s were all over the world. Dodos of the world get united!

    Dear Serv, all the credits goes to Rita for writing it and CK, who I “tyrannized” to edit the first English draft 🙂

  5. Agent 99 said, on January 22, 2007 at 7:13 am

    We are 99 of Borg now. We have been assimilated. Moving to moonbase with dodo DNA for cloning inside the cube….

  6. homeyra said, on January 22, 2007 at 8:32 am

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. iranfacts said, on January 22, 2007 at 11:20 am

    Naj is fine Homie 🙂 But I think Iranfacts is more representative of why I roam blogs 🙂

  8. homeyra said, on January 22, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Oki Naj:)

    Serv, the English doxdo is a feed reader of English blogs by Iranians. It might interest you.

    99
    , I’ve found him!

  9. Agent 99 said, on January 22, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    He’s mine! [my mental vacation :)] If you never got to see Star Trek: The Next Generation you have missed a glimpse into my dream world. No want, no hate, no aggression, no lying, cheating, stealing, petty jealousy, total trust….

  10. homeyra said, on January 22, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    No, I haven’t seen those, just the prehistoric series … and newer movies. Even the old ones at their time created a magical world … humans looked like humans, and the “logical” Captain was fascinating.
    Don’t forget to beam me up when you are at your orbital dodo DNA experiments 🙂

  11. peoplesgeography said, on January 22, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Did someone say Star Trek … Picard?? My ears pricked … OK, 99 of Borg, you can have Picard, but I get Riker! 😉 hubba hubba … Or Chakotay in the Voyager series ….

  12. Bluebear2 said, on January 22, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    I’m still stuck on Tralfamador with Montana Wildhack!

  13. Monte said, on January 23, 2007 at 12:20 am

    The radical American historian Howard Zinn wrote much about all the terrible things that Americans have done and are ashamed of. But he maintained that you could not know the truly heroic side of history unless you saw the truth at its worst – for there, standing against evil, were the heroes whose lives made no sense unless the evil of the day was understood. It reminds me of what you have said here. If you’d like to see it, I wrote on it at http://masbury.wordpress.com/2006/08/21/to-live-now-as-we-think-humans-should-live-in-defiance-of-all-that-is-bad-around-us/

  14. peoplesgeography said, on January 23, 2007 at 12:26 am

    What a great post, Monte. Thank goodness for the Howard Zinns of the world, he’s a real American treasure.

  15. homeyra said, on January 23, 2007 at 12:48 am

    Indeed PPGG, Thanx Monte for your visit, comment and link.

  16. servant said, on January 23, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    thank you for doxdo, Homie. I’m enjoying reading a diverse crowd.

  17. Monte said, on January 24, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Thanks! Glad you liked it – I see some of him in you.

  18. Bluebear2 said, on January 24, 2007 at 3:48 am

    Was flipping through the channels trying to find something to watch but all I could find was Bush speaking (lying).

    Now look what I’ve done!

  19. Agent 99 said, on January 24, 2007 at 4:53 am

    Agent BB2: Well, duh, if his lips are moving, he is lying. Try champagne!

  20. homeyra said, on January 24, 2007 at 6:16 am

    99 of Borg, I am glad you are still down here with us! We had a “lips moving” show of our own last night.

    BB2, and I was going to get you a Santur… those things are delicate. Not to play with in your backyard 🙂
    I have quitted watching TV since the last 2 decades. I became more and more allergic to its “noise”. I hate the jingles, moreover even when people are reading the news the tone of their voice is unpleasant, … in all the 3 languages: English/French/Persian. … not to talk about the usual content. Can’t they talk like normal people? This anchorman acting is something to be thought of again.
    Did you see below Art Buckwald’s quotation about TV?
    Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new program comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was.”
    I bet he was also shooting at his own “shouting device“!

    You’re welcome Serv! It was really a great idea to have created it. Blogging is so popular around here

    Monte, thank you! It is great to have an online-holiness with us 🙂

  21. Agent 99 said, on January 24, 2007 at 6:53 am

    On the nightly news.

  22. homeyra said, on January 24, 2007 at 7:15 am

    lololol!

    This was cute and great and will joint the newly created “Today” chapter!

  23. pen Name said, on January 24, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Regarding Rita’s comments:

    She is right to be worried about war & peace. But I think that for Iran there is no other way except cultivating the “Will to Power”.

    Iran has been invaded by Turkey, Russia, UK, USSR, US, Iraq over the last 100 years. She has been, together with Japan, victime of WMD. She is surrounded by enemies. Security for Iran is only achievable throught her own efforts. Surrender is not an option.

    Rita also mdidates on the Iranian history – in its savagery and destruction it is quite unique – as a matter of fact. I think the brutality of the Iranian hsitory was only matched by WWII in Europe and Japanese war against China.

    Which brings me to the following:

    ” I hope that there is a God who cares about human beings as individuals, that some day, perhaps at the end of Time, will bring back to life all those who had ever lived and redeem their lives.”

  24. homeyra said, on January 25, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Pen Name
    We can read what was written beautifully by Rita in many different ways, and I saw it that way:
    When she speaks of “… crushed bones, silent tongues…” I think of the unwritten history of the losers, a beautiful tribute to the forgotten, the Un-important, the non-existent to many minds, Iranians & non-Iranians – opposed to the history written by winners.
    Monte’s comment above brought another resonance:
    ” … you could not know the truly heroic side of history unless you saw the truth at its worst – for there, standing against evil, were the heroes whose lives made no sense unless the evil of the day was understood.”
    And thanks to the cut and paste functions:
    …. The crushed bones and silent tongues of the heroes whose lives made no sense unless the evil of the day was understood….
    The … kinship with the millions of people who have turned to the earth covering my land, the earth I walk on… enters our collective memories.

  25. pen Name said, on January 25, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Homeyra:

    Thank u for your response.

    My thoughts are somewhat different – I do not think that history is exclusively written by winners but rather it is mostly written by those who believe in the “Idea of Progress”. Thus the dead, the raped & murdered, their sufferings and lives are just so much mortar to build the future bright and shining societies. That is a lie and a slander which I reject.

    Her comments were not that far from my own thinking: a meditation on the millions of Iranians that were killed by the Mongols (girls being raped in front of their fathers, entire city populations killed), villagers killed by kings that were bored and started campaigns (read Beyhaqi’s History), the massacres of the Byzantines by the Venetians, etc.

    Yes, there is kinship with all those people since we are all human beings and ONE. Yet, when I look at historical process, from this boundary of the sky to the other, I only see the dead, the murdered, the brutalized, the raped, the crushed.

    That is why I put no stock in the promises of ideologies and political systems. For me, the heroes are not that important – I think of the small children who were murdered in Byzantium, in Nieshapur, in Samarqand, in Bokhara, in the death camps of the NAZIs, in Russia.

    I think of the murdered children and that magical time during which we could experience Paradise called Childhood; and my heart gets squeezed and I hope that there is a God who will resurrect those children and let them experience a full and happy life.

  26. Peace Game « Forever Under Construction said, on February 8, 2007 at 3:51 pm

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  27. honestpoet said, on February 17, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Homeyra, yes, this is also a good meditation. Thanks for pointing me toward it.

    It’s funny how much being American and being Iranian has in common, really. I have a similar love/hate relationship with my own Americaness. I love the ideals of freedom and justice America’s supposed to represent while I rail against the forces that erode our personal freedoms here and enslave half the world to supply cheap goods for our consumerist culture.

    And of course I love the land here while I recognize that it’s soaked with blood going back millennia. Even before the Europeans came here the hundreds of nations that live here warred constantly. (My own ancestry is a tapestry with threads from all over Europe AND two native American nations.)

    But everywhere is the same. Study the history of England and Ireland and you’ll find babies skewered on pikes. Except in places like Switzerland and Tibet, places walled off from enemies by mountains, you’ll find histories stretching back to the dawn of time littered with rape, murder, and pillage. Man’s inhumanity rivals any tragedy the Greeks managed to invent.

    But all throughout history there’s also been love. Friendship. Trust. Humility. Grace. Courage. Perseverance.

    I think we might be at a point now in our history, our history which is becoming more and more a shared, human, history, where we can finally leave the past in the past and make a different sort of future.

    At some point we have to forgive our ancestors AND their enemies and simply resolve to fix their mistakes, and learn from them.

  28. honestpoet said, on February 18, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    I guess I should say “do our BEST to fix their mistakes.”

    And hope that the future forgives our own, because I’m sure we’ll make plenty.

  29. homeyra said, on February 18, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    “… our history as a shared, human, history, where we can finally leave the past in the past and make a different sort of future.”..
    Nothing to add hp.
    Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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