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sedaye_man sedaye_man (@sedaye_man) on Pinned comment
This made me cry. Thanks for posting.
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
Here's a rather poetic take on what happens in one lifetime, from Shamlo.

نخستين که در جهان ديدم…



نخستین که در جهان دیدم
از شادی غریو بر کشیدم:
«منم، آه

آن معجزتِ نهایی
بر سیاره‌ی کوچکِ آب و گیاه!»


آنگاه که در جهان زیستم
از شگفتی بر خود تپیدم:
میراث‌خوارِ آن سفاهتِ ناباور بودن
که به چشم و به گوش می‌دیدم و می‌شنیدم!



چندان که در پیرامنِ خویشتن دیدم
به ناباوری گریه در گلو شکسته بودم:
بنگر چه درشتناک تیغ بر سرِ من آخته
آن که باورِ بی‌دریغ در او بسته بودم.
اکنون که سراچه‌ی اعجاز پسِ پُشت می‌گذارم
بجز آهِ حسرتی با من نیست:
تَبَری غرقه‌ی خون
بر سکوی باورِ بی‌یقین و
باریکه‌ی خونی که از بلندای یقین جاریست.



۱۲ اسفندِ ۱۳۷۷
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Glad you liked it.
Indeed in these times of political decay and environmental destruction, occurring all around us and all over the globe, Happiness, Hope and Dreams become precious commodities.

For those interested in further reading on the topic, below are two more books; one is a classic from the 30's and the other more recent.


The Principle of Hope
Ernst Bloch
www.marxists.org/archive/bloch/hope/introduction.htm


The Frankfurt school, part 6: Ernst Bloch and 'The Principle of Hope'
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2013/apr/29/frankfurt-school-ernst-bloch-principle-of-hope

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Spaces of Hope
www.scribd.com/doc/209477592/Harvey-David-Spaces-of-Hope-pdf

The Global Question in an Urban World
sdonline.org/32/spaces-of-hope/


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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
"In her new book, Segal adamantly refuses despair. Instead, she insists that we must never stop imagining and struggling for alternative—and, yes, even utopic—spaces and futures. This urging could not come at a more opportune time."

Love it. Mind and spirit collaborating to re-imagine possibilities and in the process generating waves of hope and enthusiasm. #Empowering
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Aboly Aboly (@Aboly) on Pinned comment
That should have been Charles Bukowski; bless his alcoholic poetic soul!
Come to think of it these so called "smartphones" also posses highly addictive qualities. And that 'auto-spell,' forget about it!
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Aboly Aboly (@Aboly) on Pinned comment
This is an interesting survey, covering all the major drugs currently fueling popular cultural. Yet, even this survey, as comprehensive as is, it still perhaps missing the most potent one around.
Although internet was not initially designed as a drug, but somehow in its evolution it has developed some enormously addictive capacities (it's gotten so bad some places now offer internet rehab services).
Talk about unintended consequences!
BTW, it's almost blasphemous to mention Alcoholism, poetry and not mention Charles Bokowski.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Sometimes it's just a matter of aging. Not that there's a correlation between getting old & getting anti-social, but for some people, older they become there's less inclination (or time) to find new friends, or hanging out with old friends, or family for that matter.
It's like when you go to those family cookouts and all you really wanna do (and end up doing) is to find a nice, quite corner and take a long nap!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
What a great mental exercise.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
You'll Never Walk Alone













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pokemongirl Pokemongirl (@pokemongirl) on Pinned comment
Sorry if I didn’t do yesterday’s quote. It’s because the day before, I had to do so much schoolwork, It felt like every cell in my body was completely drained and so after dinner, I immediately went to bed. Yesterday my family also had to go do some errands that took us quite some time to get done.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
No hyphen needed (Iranian-American), Hamid Parvizian is an AMERICAN hero. Hamid also happens to be my old roommate -- a great dude who deserves the spotlight.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Very long indeed. A good editor could easily get rid of half of it.
One big part of all this recent craziness in 'Umerica is just plain, good ol' Racism.
A reaction to the first Black president. This is not to dismiss the political-economy aspect of the crisis, but to point out a concrete feature of it. There was practically no mention of this overarching factor.
On the historical side of it, the 1960's was a decade of profound developments in all the social movements in the US. Far from "a national nervous breakdown" it acted as a wake up to an array of different sub-cultures and sparked various communities of resistance.
Milton Viorst's "Fire in the streets: America in the 1960's" (despite all its limitations) is a good intro to the decade.
www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/milton-viorst-2/fire-in-the-streets-america-in-the-1960s/

Coming back to the present the Race question and all its ramifications should be fully paid attention to; front and center.

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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Is there a link between a hyper-focus on individualism and inability to empathize or compromise with opposing viewpoints?
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Futcc Futcc (@Futcc) on Pinned comment
Very interesting!
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
Based on the latest scientific research from "Giasabbad Cultural Institute" the real reason why Americans smile so much is the unacknowledged influence of Iranian culture and our proverbs, especially the one that says:

!بخند تا دنیا بهت بخنده

Unfortunately while Americans are practicing this ethos, somehow we Iranians have forgotten it, to a large extent. Though some study attribute the current lack of smiling in Iran to presence of mullahs in every single aspect of our lives.
Anyhow, take a look at the picture below and tell me how would you translate the caption.

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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
3 stages of fatherhood:
Joy, joy, joy
Pain, pain, pain
Well, well, well..
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
moby- honey
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
This is a really important read. Schools and advocacy centers alike are using content such as this to explain consent.

We were so indoctrinated with "no means no" that it has been an uphill climb to explain "yes means yes". Here is Lacy Green on consent:

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john John Skorick (@john) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Great song, @ChamoshChamoshvnd

Very apropos.
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