Terrence Robertson's Response to Ali Sina
Dec, 13, 2002
You wrote "What the Iranian young generation wants more is to find
its own roots. They are glued to the Iranian TVs and radios broadcasting
from LA via Satellite listening to Iranian historians such as Bahram
Moshiri and Naser Engheta who talk about the Iranian history, the Arab
invasion and the Iranian language. What boring subjects!"
Au contraire amie! This desire to fill in the many gaps created
under Islam shows great promise for the youth of Iran. Granted
that they should not focus so heavily on their history as to forget
which epoch they live in, as the Islamists have. But there is a
saying that goes; "Those who forget their history are doomed to
repeat it." Iran's youth are displaying a thirst for true
knowledge, as opposed to the diet of pabulum that their imams dish out.
The result of such knowledge may mean that there will be Iranian
archeologists and anthropologists (the study of civilizations) in the
future that will fill in the many gaps in the historical record for that
part of the world.
Think of the significance! Quantum leaps in technologies in early
civilizations were driven out of a necessity to address adversity.
Granaries for instance provided a means for a city to feed itself when
grain was not harvested. Iran's proximity to the fertile crescent very
likely could have been the source for the technological advances that
enabled the rise of the Babylonians, as well as earlier and per chance
undiscovered, civilizations within Iran itself ... it is after all
directly in between two of the earliest known river civilizations.
And I seriously doubt that Iran was, at that time, a mere expanse of
emptiness. We already know that when man emerged from Africa
100,000+ years ago, he spread outward to Australia. That means
that he went through and settled in Iran. The Bible speaks of
Noah's flood. I am of the opinion that the flood DID
occur. But the source of the flood was from ice dams breaking
apart after the last ice age. We currently have archeological
evidence of this occurring in North America when an ice dam broke in
Idaho's Bitterroot Mountains releasing a mass of water greater than all
of the Great Lakes into Washington state and gouging out the Columbia
River gorge. There is a wealth of knowledge then and, of pride
then that can be gleaned from turning over the soil in Iran.
I have lived for a number of years outside of the United States. I
learned that the essence of what makes a people unique, as well as how
they think, is embodied in the use of their language. During that
time I lived in Europe. I mastered French and Italian, and I had
to effectively think in French or Italian, and not simply translate.
There is indeed a loss when one translates. You might have guessed
by now that one of my many avocations is anthropology. My studies
of the Greek passed down their appreciation for Persian poets.
Their appreciation of Persian poetry is not for mere wordplay, but
rather an appreciation on how to view the world through another person's
eyes. Each language has its own strengths and weaknesses.
The Germanic languages, for which English is one, offer the world
precision and specificity. Latin languages offer, for a lack of a
better term, a soul or an ability to touch upon the heartstrings of an
individual thereby arousing action or feeling. I am not able to
comment on the Iranian language as I am not familiar with it, however
judging from the view of the ancient Greeks, it should be viewed as a
most welcome step.
It could be that the reason that Iran's youth study the Arab invasion is
to gird themselves in order to free themselves from the tyranny of
Islam. By studying the weaknesses of one's opponent, one can
develop strategies. By internalizing the rage that comes from
atrocities committed against Iran, one develops the fortitude to
overcome future atrocities. However, both come as a "double
The hope of the future resides in the youth. Each of the prior is
a building block. Our wisdom determines how that building block is
to be used. So our responsibility is to determine how that
building block is used. You are correct to surmise that there is
still a missing building block. It is not a weaning from Islam
that needs to be accomplished, but rather a replacement. Every
since Og (fictional first name for a caveman) came up with the idea that
there just had to be something more than the finality of death, human
beings have been spiritual beings. So there has to be a spiritual
replacement. That is why there has been such a resurgency of
orthodoxy in Russia. As an engineer, I have had to from time to
time incorporate concepts into a design that the client was against
simply because earlier implementators did not fully understand the
concept. Therefore I learned ways to implement using different
verbiage. Islam in Iran can be replaced. But it must be
replaced tenet by tenet.
Hatred and anger first of all must be purged! Hatred destroys from
inside. Consider; what does the hated care if they are hated?
They don't care! But the hatred within one warps one's outlook in
all things, and eventually destroys through poor health and bad
decisions. Even Sun Wu recognized this truth. Anger is a
manifestation of hatred. This is why I asked you to amend that
sentence, because I purged these emotions from myself more than twenty
years ago. Much of what I see in Islam stems from jealousy, just
beginning from "what is yours is mine." Jealousy again
is a manifestation of hatred. Purging hatred is liberating.
It frees the mind to work more effectively and improves the health.
Once again it would appear that we have a "tall order."
How to replace one of the leading tenets of Islam (hatred)? I