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The Fantasy of a Freer World

By Roya Monajem, Tehran

There is an acupuncture point just in the middle of the palm of the hand whose function is to stimulate Hope. Just noticing the pain in it, for the first time after all these years of using this point for patients, it occurred: Ah, this is where the nails for crucification pierce the palms and wondered whether it had anything to do with The words of Abandonment, Jesus cried out on the cross: My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?

Then noticing the red line under crucification which meant it is a wrong spelling, the second Ah, jumped out after googling it. See what was the second link:

The Medical Account of the Crucifiction
By Daniel de Sailles
In this paper, I shall discuss some of the physical aspects of the passion, or suffering, of Jesus Christ. We shall follow Him from Gethsemane, through His trial, His scourging, His path along the Via Dolorosa, to His last dying hours on the cross...This led me first to a study of the practice of crucifixion itself; that is, the torture and execution of a person by fixation to a cross. Apparently, the first known practice of crucifixion was by the Persians. Alexander and his generals brought it back to the Mediterranean world -Egypt and Carthage. The Romans apparently learned the practice from the Carthaginians and (as with almost everything the Romans did) rapidly developed a very high degree of efficiency and skill in carrying it out. A number of Roman authors (Livy, Cicero, Tacitys) comment on it... [1]

El Greco - Christ on the Cross

And immediately Ferdowsi's controversial verse began to resonate cacophonously in the mind: Art is in the hands of Iranians (Persians) and that's it! - which we here ironically recite a lot among ourselves. Recently i learnt that the Persian word translated as 'that's it' apparently also means 'and many others,' at least at the time when Ferdowsi wrote his Shahnameh (Epistle of the kings or the King's epistle) some 1000 years ago.

Ferdowsi - the child symbolizes Persian language kept alive by him

The shock of this new finding - Persians being the first in practicing crucification- is being so great that i almost forgot what i was going to write about.
Oh, yes, the relationship between the Acupuncture point Hope and what is now known as Christ's Word of Abandonment: My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?

Looking at the world we are living in with the economic -crisis-depression and the threat of a nuclear war which might begin under the excuse of religious differences -just like medieval crusades- roaring behind our ears, isn't this the question we all have? Such a short-term memory these self-conceited biped creatures have indeed. Let alone those Crusades which took place a relatively long time ago, isn't it absolutely dumfounding that the WWII happened almost within the life span of the same generation - only 16 years after the first?

Still in shock of the above finding, somebody in me keeps wondering who can be the last person crucified in Persia? How "romantic" it would be if it were Mithra- Mehr-Love, the founder of the same cult continuing its life in Christianity by virtue of the Mithraist Roman Emperor, Constantine who wrapped it with Christianity - also called the religion of love -and turned it into the official religion of his Empire.

Mithra or Mehr with Sun and Moon

The cause of the pain in the mentioned Hope point, in addition to what is said above is also due to a common despair on behalf of all parents here who are thinking that they might never be able to see their children living abroad particularly in US again with all these imposed sanctions and their outcomes. These are the last to be terrorists, suicide bombers or wishing to stay there for good as it is a human trait to desire to die in the place where one is born, grows up and brings up one's children to old age. Equally distressing and at the same time quite ironic if not satiric is when an American friend asked whether he can come to Iran, because he loves to see Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Esfahan, and the result of the enquiry was: No way! These Americans, interested in the arts and civilization of an old country are similarly the last to be spies. Yet, what to do, as the old Persian proverb says: Dry and wet burn together.

In the same way that it was not hidden from the majority here that the ex-Shah regained his power through a British-American coup d'etat in 1953, it was clear that the same powers wanted him gone in 1978. And as Art is in the hands of Persians and that's it, the next year, the US embassy was occupied in a Partisan way, founded by Persians during the Parthian Empire (227BC-247AD) and that's it, the two countries seemingly entered a so-called state of war ever since then, with many Iranians being forced to leave their birth-place for various reasons ever since then again which is come to be known as 'escape of brains.'

And for the last time as Art is in the hands of Iranians and that's it!!! a remarkable number of them and their children have proved to be honourable citizens of US now, holding responsible positions in that country as statistics show. [2]

Even at the time of Crusade Wars it wasn't this difficult to travel to other countries?! One can envy those born before the rise of Modern civilization. They just jumped into a caravan, a carriage or on the back of a horse and travelled to wherever they wished!

It is all a fantasy that we are living in a much freer world, isn't it? The reality of lots of other things, when we deeply explore are similar fantasies. See how much our minds are shaped and controlled by those who run the system of education and the media, while calling ourselves intellectuals and 'free thinkers'? The genuine ones are either in prisons, outcasted or stigmatized. [3]

For sure we are living a more comfortable and easier life with the high price of going insane as the number of psychologically deranged and addicts (of all kinds) throughout the world shows, taking our earth to the verge of annihilation as well.

Where is that Reason we are told that has been flourishing since the rise of our lot on the Earth?

Isn't this too a fantasy, do we really know very much more than our old old ancestors about our solar system, seasons, equinoxes, days of the year, hours of the day on our Earth? Can we say that our mathematicians, philosophers, physicians, scientists enjoy a more developed Reason compared to pre-modern ones, just to give one more example and finish before your Hope Points become painful too?!

Auguste Rodin - Thinker


  2. Now with the tourist section of US embassy in Dubai closed down since Autumn or so, and the only other embassy dealing with Iranians is the US embassy in Ankara and thus loaded, can we parents of this country propose to the honourable US authorities who have shown interest in facilitating the interchange between the citizens of the two countries, to allot a section in one of their respectable embassies around only to parents who just want to visit their children over there, some maybe for the last time.
  3. Like Julian Assange these days.

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