February 4, 2000
Rated T (trash)
I am outraged with the letters expressing discontents to the article
ladies, amigo?". For those people who are not happy because the
article has no literary value I must say that, the author never claimed
he was writing a masterpiece, or an investigative report. He was simply
talking about his personal experience.
Furthermore, I am really fed-up with the people who are trying to monopolize
this site for themselves. I want to be able to have my say with my broken
English. Why are you trying to intimidate people who have less experience
than you in professional writing? Maybe writing is not what everybody dose
professionally. Are you implying that people who can't write as "well"
as you do are less intelligent?
For those of you who are offended by its content and the fact that it
publicizes the issue, I must say get out of your cocoon and get on the
evolution bus. I don't understand how some people dare ordering The
Iranian not to publish what is offensive to them. Listen buddy, If
you are offended, don't read it. Scroll down to the next one. Who do you
think you are to determine what I should and should not be reading? Are
you my big brother?
Some 60 million Iranians are suffering because some people like you
think of themselves as our big brothers and decide what we should believe
in, what we should watch, and what we should read. It seems intolerance
is woven into very fabric of our culture. You would normally expect Iranians
who moved abroad and were exposed to cultures and races different from
their own, people who are free to learn about things that our big brothers
in Iran had forbidden us to learn, to be more tolerant of others. But this
seems to be wishful thinking.
I have a recommendation: maybe it is time that The Iranian starts
using some sort of rating and warning system. I am not suggesting that
you can't criticize an idea or the style of an article. I am suggesting,
STOP saying "I Don't Like It, Take It Out". I am sick and tired
of reading these types of comments over and over again. It is sickening
to hear this from people who ran away from laws like that.
I would like to think of myself as belonging to the land of poets and
scholars, a nation with a vast culture. But unfortunately every indication
is suggesting otherwise. Obviously I have misunderstood the meaning of
culture. Is it a word in the books? Or, is it something we demonstrate
by the way we behave? It is definitely not demonstrated by calling someone
Mexican" or "Sag
Bahai". Whatever it is, it seems that too many of us have forgotten
the very basis of it, which is tolerance.