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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


January 20, 2000

Blind patriotism

It is interesting that the gentleman [Arash Salardini, "Lessons in Christianity's origin"], who has never personally known me, confesses to harboring "contempt" for me and accuses me of an "inferiority complex." And yet he feels obligated by "the etiquette of correspondence!"

I have touched a nerve, it appears, and it has propelled Mr. Salardini to launch a search for the holy grail of proofs regarding a causal link between Mithraism and Christmas.

I, as a "poorly educated man," would like to assure Mr. Salardini that my years in the poorly educating system (!) of American universities has taught me at least one thing: Dogmatism and blind patriotism is the greatest peril that can fall upon a tribe, nation or group. His letter reminded me of a passage by Emma Goldman which I gladly will quote:

"Indeed, conceit, arrogance, and egotism are the essentials of patriotism... Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots... Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others."

Mr. Salardini writes: "I await any historically based link between Christmas and Horus or Odin from Mr. Tabib. He needs not to merely list festivals he obviously knows little about in his next letter as he has in his last two."

I will gladly respond to this challenge, but I will not quote passages in my letter. I trust that those in need of enlightenment will read the following passages which I have linked below:

The first one is on the similarities of Christmas and the Roman, Egyptian and the Persian traditions. Again, I am not denying that Mithraism is related to Christmas; all I am refuting is that Mithraism is the sole source of Christmas celebrations ... click here

If you still have time on your hand, I suggest an article in which again explores a multitude of influences on Christmas traditions... click here

On the relation between Christmas and the Nordic traditions, I suggest an article in the Seeker Magazine which aptly brings evidence in support of my argument: ... click here

Soon there will arrive another Christian tradition named Easter. It coincides more or less with Noruz and the Persian new year. I trust that we will have another discourse (although I am ashamed to call this a discourse) regarding the Zoroastrian origins of Easter. And having been blessed with Mr. Salardini's "high education," I am sure he will enlighten us regarding Easter as well.

Ramin Tabib


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