Countering thoughts of superiority
By Ben Madadi
March 3, 2004
I see nationalism, as a kind of mentality that
presumes other nations or ethnicities as inferior, no
matter where it springs from, as dangerous and
useless. Whatever the source and origin of any
nationalism, it is only based on subjective inaccurate
thinking and lack of open-mindedness.
about Iranian nationalism which would be the closest
to our Iranian understanding and background. I do not
agree to even think that we Iranians would be
superior to any other nationality, whether Afghan,
Arab or African.
Nevertheless just thinking about any
sort of supremacy is quite different from expressing
it. Expressing it is much worse.
I have very often
sensed that many Iranians think they are much 'better'
than their neighbours in the Middle East. The main
reason they come up with is the fact that Persia or
Iran is a very old civilisation and that there have
been so many great Iranians or Persians that have
contributed to the civilisation of the world.
I, as an
Iranian, have a few arguments that should go against
any such thought of superiority.
First of all why
shouldn't we think that Mesopotamia is a much older
civilisation but there is almost nothing left of
neither the Sumerian, nor the Assyrians or Babylon!
know that Greek civilisation, without the military
side of it, has had enormous contributions to science
and civilisation and they regarded the then-Persians,
especially Xerxes, as arrogant and uncivilised.
Although I am quite
aware that there are a lot to be
proud about but it's very important to know that there
are also many others, other peoples, that are no less
and there have always been, even much before us.
sure that the great scientists and philosophers of
Iran were very open-minded men without any prejudice
towards others considering themselves as mere human
beings. That is what makes a person really superior;
to know that he is just a humble human being and
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