I have a confession to make! I have been obsessed with the British royal wedding in the past few weeks. I have been watching all the documentaries on the BBC America and stayed up all last night to watch the ceremony. As a result, my wife is taking the piss out of me. She thinks this is not a healthy obsession. More importantly she is questioning me on why I was not this excited about our own wedding? It’s a legitimate question! Today, I ask myself, indeed, why am I this much caught up with this wedding?
Well, beside living in Britain for five years, and having been graduated there, the fact of the matter is that I am officially an anglophile! Spare me the “Daei Jan Napoleon” comments. I am infatuated with the English culture, heritage, sense of ceremony, discipline, pomp, royal pageantry, clerical music, and basically every aspect of their culture. I even love their national anthem.
More importantly, I saw a million people on the streets of London the other day, happy, jolly, and well disciplined. No one was hurt, there was no stampede, and every one basically was happy and merry. Britain is going through a hard economic time. It is the age of austerity there. Yet, that did not prevent them to be happy for their royal prince and his common fiancé, on the contrary, they took the opportunity and celebrated the event throughout the world. Here in LA, the pubs were full of well-wishers who stayed up long to enjoy the ceremony. That tells you something about the spirit of the nation. No matter how tough it gots, they never let go of their traditions and heritage and take every opportunity to enjoy what the Brits do best; Taking advantage and showcasing the best of what they have in an inspired and determined national spirit. This is how they defeated Hitler, this is how they built the largest empire in the world.
We, Iranians, are an equally determined nation. On contrary to the Britons, we show a resilient national spirit in destroying the best we have. We had a country where the head of state was doing the best he could to showcase our fine heritage with an equal extent of pomp and pageantry, if not more. Instead of collective national celebratory spirit, we became revolutionaries and used his actions as an excuse to launch a catastrophic revolt and destroyed the best of our country. We replaced the jolly old times with mourning every chance we got. We mourned over and over for 1400 years old Ashoura massacre which is not even an Iranian affair, rather an Arabic civil war. This is where we differ from the Brits! The jolly national spirit!
You might say I envy the Britons for what they have! I do! In being Iranian, I feel we miss the national spirit of the Brits. May be this why I am so obsessed with this wedding, I wish it was ours! I wish, as a nation, just like the Brits, we could enchant the world rather than provoke it.
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