No major life decision is without sacrifices and no sacrifice is ever easy.
Any key social upheaval, whether fueled by political or religious ambitions, that inflicts violence and civil unrest on ordinary citizens bears human suffering and sacrifice.
In my belief, superstitions, traditions, cultural fallacies along with their older siblings, religion and nationalism, and their more modern cousins, fashion and social trends, have always served as tools for #oppressors and #bullies to manipulate young and old minds alike.
My struggle for independence was two-fold. One was about bursting the shackles of manipulation that are deeply embedded under the cover of familiar and often beloved terms such as traditions, religion, and cultural innuendos. The second was ridding myself of the chains that the repressive political machinery of the time imposed on individuals.
Sacrifices had to be made to #liberate my very basic human rights from the tyranny of both evils. In the attempt to explain the predicaments of my journey to liberty, My memoir "Like the Wind I GO" casts some light on the myriad of questions from Westerners about what went wrong in #Iran during the #1978revolution.
Events are best depicted when relayed by a person subjected to the upheaval. Where personal accounts may lack accuracy, they certainly add color and unique views of the world surrounding the subject.
It is obvious that no complete tale about the #Iranian revolution and/or any personal struggle during the mayhem, can avoid subjects such as #Iranianculture, history, politics, religion and even #Persian #cuisine. It is my hope that the reader will come to understand that many aspects of the culture are delightful.
In closing, I find Steve Jobs’ and Rumi’s insights among the most illuminating. Both have eloquently described the struggle we each face in regards to inner and outer battles over our personal freedom.
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”