20 07 2010

By: Marjan A. Dorbayani, PhD

Many good authors have written about different ideologies born in different centuries all mainly utilized as a cover up for governing people and manipulating them for ulterior motives.

Ideologies are born to practice ‘good’ against ‘evil’, but throughout history their extreme use in controlling nations has ended in ferocious wars and historical disasters.

Some see ‘belief’ as a cover up for insecurity and use that against the believers, and some believers sadly stop in time and resist adapting themselves to evolution.

Ken Follet has beautifully portrayed extreme ideologies and their results in the 11th century in his two marvelous books of “The Pillars of the Earth” and “World Without End” or Umberto Eco carefully characterizes the dark side of strong ideologies in the 14th century in “The Name of the Rose”, and of course Dan Brown artfully shows the still ongoing extremism in the 21st century in two of his best sellers: “Angels & Demons” and “The Da Vinci Code”.

We must all look more carefully to the lives of remarkably prominent thinkers and their great vision and tolerance such as Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, who invited all people of the newly conquered territories to live in peace and brotherhood and to accept and respect each other’s faith and traditions.

And Eleanor Roosevelt who underwent arduous efforts to once more get the nations to sign their approval of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to respect the 30 Basic Human Rights after the second World War when fascism and communism were widely limiting freedom of expression and thought even in the free land of the United States.

Therefore let us once more review which centuries some of the ideologies and beliefs are coming from and try to help nations to see better and to adapt them to the present century. Let us learn to respect and tolerate each other’s beliefs and accept to live with each other in peace and in harmony.

– Learn about UDHR HERE
– Learn about the Cyrus Cylinder HERE


1 07 2010

By: Marjan A. Dorbayani, PhD

Having inherited the foundation of Human Rights 2500 years ago from a just Emperor, Cyrus the Great, we are responsible to work on developing human souls to eradicate crime; whereas, shamefully enough, we are witnessing the fact that today all the basic human rights are simply being violated in the very land of the founder of them! Inviting viewers and encouraging them to throw a stone at a defenseless half buried body is only an encouragement to potential inclination to crime.

The very person who throws the stone out of rage can simply be considered a murderer. The executioners of this barbaric act are not only involving people in an outrageous crime of stoning another human being, but also risk getting into a more violent consequences. A healthy education provided to all would reduce crimes from happening in the first place. Stoning is indeed a failure in our spiritual education. We definitely need to improve the level of education and human awareness to develop better souls for the future, if we really believe in having one for Iran and eventually for the world.

The world is watching, so, as children of Cyrus, a just and tolerant Emperor, we are responsible to portrait a true picture of the Persian tolerance. Every generation is responsible to learn from the mistakes of the last and evolve to higher spiritual levels of humanity, and for sure repeating the primitive way of dealing with crimes is stepping backward rather than forward. Various human rights organizations, human rights lawyers, activists, and concerned individuals have called on the Iranian government to abolish the barbaric and violent practice of stoning, which sadly to this day, has not been eradicated. Hope that one day we see an end to this horrific practice of stoning forever.

Help eradicate hate and anger from your souls to be able to embrace a better and fairer society. Violence has never been the solution!