Lessons from Tehran

06.23.09 | Comments[0]

BioElizabethWI Iran has captured my attention. Not from a sensationalistic standpoint, but from a standpoint of profound respect for the thousands of demonstrators standing up to the government. The image and story of the young woman is just the beginning. She has become the face to the hundreds of protestors suffering the wrath of a corrupt government…the martyr for their cause. What is their cause? It’s not trying to place their particular politician in power-the Iranians knew the outcome of that election before the first ballot was ever cast—it’s much deeper. Their cause is one that is demonstrated for no other reason than because it’s simply the right thing to do.

You take to the streets not because a picket or protests will change the government but because what power and voice you hold must be heard. You take on a corrupt government not because you believe that in one election it will change, but because only through persistent and consistent actions will the truth ever shine. You march for justice because standing safely on the side of the road means injustice has already won. You bring your children to show them that some things in life are worth fighting for and you must never stop fighting for what you believe in.

It’s watching the masses surge in Tehran--amidst oppression and violence – that causes my heart to swell yet at the same time feel a sense of shame. I do not know corruption and oppression like the Iranians or the Burmese or the Soviets do. Yet do I stand up for what’s right even when I have nothing to gain? Do I speak out about injustice when I see it? The lessons from Tehran are simple yet often the most difficult: fighting for truth and justice is a never ending battle. You do it every time, all the time, merely because it’s the right thing to do.

 

 

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