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Sunday, April 23, 2006
My Rant of the Day...PLEASE READ
Thanks to Jenny Bowker, "Postcards from Cairo" I have been introduced to the blog of a wonderful man in Tehran, Iran "Komijan Childrens". He and I are of very much like minds in that we believe that we can use the internet to bring people together. We see that most of the worlds problems are due to a limited few people in power for whom keeping the rest of us in the dark about each other is advantageous.

During the Cold War years our government led us to believe that the vast majority of people in the USSR wanted us dead and the Soviet government told their people the same thing. I was only a child but I knew I didn't have anything against the Soviet people and I found it really hard to believe that they hated us so much. Thanks to an uncle in the government service (ironic, eh?) I was able to find a penpal in the USSR and quickly discovered I was right. They only feared us because of what their government told them.

I now feel this is at least part of the answer to the problems in the Middle East. The Palestinians don't like living in a constant state of fear and anger and neither do the Israelies. But the powers-that-be WANT them to believe that the only answer is total annihilation of the other. Iranians don't want to kill everyone else- but their government and ours wants us to believe that and wants them to believe that we want to take over their country (ok, George has done a LOT to perpetuate the "US as rulers of the World" belief...we need the Iranian on the street to understand that WE are NOT GW Bush).

And TOLERANCE is NOT the answer. I HATE that word. It is so condescending. Who am I to TOLERATE someone who does not believe as I do?? That implies that I am right and the other person is wrong. NO....THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG....there is just different!! And if we really go to the very heart of things, WE REALLY AREN'T THAT DIFFERENT!!!!

Do Unto Others!!!! It's the answer!! It's what Jesus, Mohammad and Buddha have been trying to teach us from the very beginning!!! Follow the golden rule and all the rest just falls into place!!!

We get into trouble when we start believeing that WE are RIGHT and others are WRONG and that, somehow, it is our responsibility to straighten the other guy out.

STOP. LEAVE IT BE.

Sheese. Ya know, I never understood why studying history is so important. I know..."Those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it (or something like that)." Well, we might as well throw the history books in the burn pile folks! Beside the fact that the books are notoriously biased is the simple fact that, at the very least, our people in power in the government OBVIOUSLY failed history!! Why did we have a Revolutionary War?? Because we got tired of the blasted "Better than Everyone Else" British government telling us how to live!!! So, what are we doing now????

WE ARE PRACTICING OUR OWN FORM OF BRITISH COLONIALISM!!!! We (the generic *we* in the form of the US government) are running around the world trying to make over everyone else in the mold of us.

STOP. We didn't like it being done to us and I am pretty darned sure these people don't like it being done to them.

You know, there is nothing worse than someone who does you a favor only because it gives them POWER over you. NOW YOU OWE THEM. THIS is the attitude of our government. Yep, will loan you 60 billion dollars even though we know you will never pay it back.....because later we can hold it over your head while we tell you how to run your country.

STOP.

Ah...if I ruled the world.........

Anyway, Mohammad is doing an English-language blog in the spirit of UNDERSTANDING. I cannot thank him enough. I really admire him and others who can do this. While their English may not be perfect I know it is a darned-sight better than my Farsi or Spanish, German (which I studied for 5 years), or whatever. Isn't it funny that people all over the world have learned English while very, very few of we English-speaking have bothered to learn THEIR languages!! Personally, I find Farsi to be visually a BEAUTIFUL language and auditorally, very musical. I would love the opportunity to learn it. Unfortunately, as our world is right now I will probably never get the opportunity.

Thank you Jenny for opening eyes here in the Western World to the Middle East and thank you Mohammad for furthering her work.

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 8:35 AM  
3 Comments:
  • At 5:26 PM, Blogger Gerrie said…

    You go girl!! I so agree with you and couldn't say it better.

     
  • At 8:38 AM, Blogger neki desu said…

    this is sooo refreshing to read! thank you! especially the tolerance part. i've always felt uncomfortable with the word because of its undertones

     
  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger Deb H said…

    So maybe we could all write you in on the next ballot :)?

    Applause, Applause!!

     
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About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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