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



%d bloggers like this: