This post is a sad observation inspired by what I find to be excessive indulgence in predictory politics in the previous post in this weblog.
What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations... is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts. - Hanna Arendt
A quick [and dirty] evaluation of the statesmanship of the Iranian government in the post Iran-Iraq war shows that, they have showed a definite competence on domestic and foreign issues. This is a credit they deserve to get, although I am sure there are masters of political interpolation among the readers of this weblog, that would definitely challenge this statement with comparisons with other possible courses of history. This is not my point though...
Now that I can refresh my memory from a distance, it is very interesting to remember the up and downs of personal freedoms, consumerism, and culture in Tehran, where I grew up. I remember times that watching movies at home was illegal and you could be prosecuted, then it was the distributors that could be prosecuted and then after the war [Iran-Iraq] was over suddenly you could buy VCR's in the stores and it took only a decade until the Iranian TV showed a double dose of "Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter" on a surprise presentation last year. The culture industry was reborn.
This seemingly impressive and noble trend [in dress code, visual arts, close-ups of women in movies, etc] has nothing to offer us when analyzed in more and more detail; It looks like a classic case of struggle for personal freedoms and culture. However when this trend is juxtaposed with the various national and international challenges that the leading factions of the Iranian politics have been facing throughout these years, it carries a clear and definite message. For example give me an important new legislation that was passed in the current reformist parliament: The only one I can name is this and it is basically about personal freedoms.
I sometimes think, not very freely but I try, about the "Iranian Dream". I think there is such a thing as the "Iranian Dream" and it has been imprinted on the historical memory of the [extra] politically conscious Iranians. This dream is not about prosperity. It is not about Women's right, although it includes it. It is not about religion. Can you tell me what it is about?