Quote from lonewolf19792000
You are wasting your breath if you think they care. Go over there wearing a shirt with an american flag on it and see what happens to you. They aren't
going to give a damn what you are, wether youre a christian or not (and thanks for blaming us for this mess btw).
Start learning to say Allahu'a'ahkbar. Having no religion to them is worse than being a jew or a christian because you don't believe in the one true
It is my personal experience that you are wrong, my friend.
I am an American, born and raised in the states.
On a daily basis, I work with am exposed to people from many different places, with different cultures, different beliefs, and different traditions.
This includes Persian people, some who were born and raised in the US, some born and raised in Iran, and some who spent time in both places growing
up. This also includes Arab people, who are from places like Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lybia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon - again, some born and raised
in the US, some abroad. This also includes people from Russia, Ukraine, Japan, China, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, France,
Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, Germany, England, Pakistan, Ethiopia, India.... these are just the people I see on a regular basis. There are many others,
from many other places, that I have the privilege of working with too.
The ONE thing that I notice, above all, and the reason I love what I do - is that for the most part, everybody is pleasant to be around, and will
treat you every bit as kindly as you treat them. They will be polite, they will laugh and joke with you, and they will express compassion regardless
of where you come from or what you believe.
I said 'for the most part' because it is true, some people can be jerks. Some people can be rude. However, this can be said of any 'group' of people,
and IN MY EXPERIENCE, the rude people are the minority no matter what 'group' you are referring to.
But, to get back to the topic, the people of Iran.
Read that line again.
THE PEOPLE of Iran.
Their culture is very different than our culture here in the States, but at the end of the day they too have families to take care of, and just like
us they work hard to do so. They also like to eat food, listen to music, dance, have social gatherings, just like we do. They know what it means to
struggle, to have problems, to feel pain and despair. They think and they feel and they too just want to live their lives in peace. They don't care if
I am not a Christian, Muslim, or Jew. I am not interfering with THEIR religion, so why would they care? You say having no religion is worse, because
then "you don't believe in the one true God" - but again, in my experience you are wrong about that. I've never been judged by any Iranian person I've
ever met because of my religion or "lack thereof". I have been judged simply by my actions.
Quote from Thermo Klein
I'm curious how many Iranians you know? How many times you've visited Iran?
Have you ever sat in a room with a Muslim and a Jew and discussed holidays, daily life, education, medical benefits, what it means to wear a hijab or
(I have. My opinion is they are people just like I said in the OP)
I know several. I've never had the chance to visit Iran, but my Iranian friends have extended an open invitation for me to join any of them on a trip,
and this is something we have discussed pretty seriously as of late. I would love to go, from the pictures and videos I've seen, Iran looks like a
I have indeed sat with Muslims, Jews, Christians, and others with other beliefs (all of us sitting together, yes) and had these kinds of discussions,
among other topics too. We actually do it rather frequently. It is always interesting, and I share your opinion that they, we, I, you, are ALL people.
And most people just want to live their life the way THEY want to live their life, they don't want to interfere with the way others live, and they
don't want others to interfere with how they live. Live and let live. Simple enough, and people from all over the world can agree with it.
In conclusion, I truly hope that no war comes to the Iranian people, as no good can come from it, and many of the Iranian people have lived through
war before and know this to be true. The Iranian people are people too, and though our cultures may be different, different doesn't mean bad and I
believe we can all learn a lot from each other.
edit on 25-12-2011 by cwilson because: I wanted to show who's posts I was quoting