For People in Iran and the Rest of Us

So why would a guitar player write an article about Iranian politics?

When I first saw the stories about Iran filtering out and into the news, it didn’t really catch my eye. Although I have compassion as much as any other person who has contemplated his or her navel, burnt a truckload of incense and bowed to false and real Gods, I generally don’t involve myself in political issues because I don’t trust the media at all and also I have a total distaste for private political agendas of any sort.  So, what got me on this one?

Firstly, I’m not prepared to get caught in the trap of throwing insults at any foreign government or political party and start screaming ‘human rights!’, if I was to do that I feel I would be disrespectful to the people of Iran, and by saying this I am not in support of the government there or the opposing powers; I think it is essential to clarify this.  I am in support of the Iranian people and the underlying principles which unite humanity. It is important to be unbiased and look at other things here; there are tyrants in every country, both in power and struggling for power and many faces that we don’t see who hide behind various political parties and call the shots.  Find me a country that does not have such people.  Many supposedly friendly people in politics have been involved in committing the most heinous crimes and gotten off unscathed, even totally unnoticed.  It’s very easy to be judgemental when we see news articles about issues in other countries and jump in with an opinion.   Yes issues are real, yes we need change and yes we need to help in some way, sometimes the methods of help have more to do with the way WE live than pointing the finger elsewhere.

What has struck me with this issue in Iran is the use of Social Media and what I would call ‘the power of grass roots digital media’.  It is important that we in the West and others outside Iran speak, in fact scream loud and clear that we support the Iranian people, not the political opinions but the rights as human beings to be treated with respect, to be heard and that we actually do care for people of other countries in some way.

The most important barriers to break down in the world are the cultural and religious barriers that separate us.  Not at the expense of sovereignty but there is a need to remove the walls that divide us; to embrace the unity in diversity and to be tolerant of differences that in the end are not so important at all.  So for me, what I need to say to the people of Iran and also all the rest of the world is we need to change our thinking and remove our limited thoughts.  Thoughts that arise and make us feel better in some way than someone else from another culture, religious or social standing.  Until we can do this we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over, (think Groundhog Day),  and the governments and political parties will only reflect what is at our core; this is what I call ’the separation in diversity’.   These times that we live in, houses are divided, families are shattered, neighbours hate each other, brothers and sisters can despise each other. We really have a lot of work to do, and while we look at Iran and ask for basic human rights to be respected, we need to look at ourselves as well.

And pray for peace in Iran, other countries and our own hearts.

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10 responses to “For People in Iran and the Rest of Us

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  2. Very well written article, Tony. I agree totally that the Iranian people need our support and respect. The use of Social Media to show support is a very positive way to show the people of Iran that their voices are being heard.

  3. I too believe that public attention to the events in Iran helps to build bridges among peoples, if not their governments. That will help us to stop viewing each other as monolithic, very scary Others.

  4. timethief

    Freedom from war, pain, limitation and fear is our birthright. Freedom to unlock the secrets of our higher nature within, and to soar through the skies of our own becoming. As each individual lays down their internal weapons hope enters and peace must eventually dawn.

    The reach of the grass roots media allows us to express our support for Iranians in what is bound to be a long struggle for human rights and freedom. I allows us to strip the “otherness” away and acknowledge and advocate for their democracy. It allows us to look deep within ourselves and acknowledge that government is the mirror that reflects the state of society. And as we view both the inner and outer panorama, we pray for the shift required to bring freedom and peace to Iran and to the world will come soon.

  5. I commend you for this article. This only shows that no matter what our belief, interests and advocacy. We are all the same when it comes to human rights. Really we don’t know the root of chaos happening not just only in IRAN but all over the world. Every politician has their own selfish agenda and sometimes innocent people are dragged into wrong belief or the true purpose of the issue. What Is wrong here is people suffer, die with what they believe in and who benefit? Your guess is as good as mine.

  6. Hi,
    The situation in Iran is getting worse by the minute. The events happening in Iran are really sad. I really hope that Iran’s people get back there freedom of speech and democracy.

  7. Nice piece Tony. If you lose some traffic it was the wrong kind of traffic

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