AUTHOR: Khodadad DATE: 10:53:00 PM ----- BODY: Destructive Minds?

It seems to be an integral, never changing part of Iranian subconscious to destroy and invalidate. All good things, all positive things, that happen in the life of Iranians are destroyed by themselves. Social reformers, scientific innovators, progressive thinkers, all are ridiculed, thrashed, pummeled into the turf, regardless of the fact that they might later be celebrated (does anyone remember Amir Kabeer?).

As a historian, I tend to see this as an epitome of the life of an average Iranian throughout history: it has always been unstable. Foreign invasions, barbarian attacks, oppressive rulers, and a very confusing system of ownership and division of labour have all contributed to a socio-psychological instability. There seems to be a subconscious call to destroy things before they are destroyed and spoiled by others. Something in the back of an Iranian’s mind tells him/her that the good things never last, that life is cruel, that someone somehow will rub you off what you have and you are going to mourn over it for the rest of your life. So, you better destroy the good thing yourself, to at least save yourself from the despair!

Constant criticism of political reforms, pessimistic look at progress, and even the condemnation of the advent of Internet and blogging itself, seems to be a result of this mentality. “This internet freedom of speech is too good! There should be something wrong, something will go wrong! So, to save ourselves from future mud holes and spoilage, how about just destroying it now?”