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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
After reading this piece I’m left with more questions than answers (which is definitely the sign of quality, provocative writing, that stimulates thought and an exchange of ideas).

The first question which comes to mind is this prognosis about the US economy doing well and most vital signs indicating such a positive performance. If we take our indicator as the GDP, or the Stock Market, Wall Street and the Fortune 500, such a rosy claim might be correct, but Wall Street and Stock Market have lost any connection to real people’s economic circumstances a long while ago. How does overvalued stocks in any sense would make a positive difference in the lives of ordinary people? As far as Main Street is concerned the real wages are still incapable of catching up with the Cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs). Wall Street is one world, Main Street quite another.

Recently there were reports on NPR about some families that were making about $100,000 a year and still had a hard time to make ends meet, and still struggling with some basic necessities. Even amongst the middle-class earners, there’s still a struggle with housing, insurance and other necessities. Below that stratum we have the working-class folks, depending on minimum wages and stuck in a never-ending game of catching up with COLAs. Beneath the hourly wage earners, there are the seasonal workers, who have turned into the New Nomads, with their cars as their homes, working for Amazon types of company and living in Walmart parking lots. The Informal sector and its workers are a whole different category, with workers who are more economically disadvantaged than all of the above. So, in real life it seems we have more than one economy, relating to different classes in the society; there’s the Wall St. economy, doing very well, then the Main St. not doing so good, and the Informal sector which often remains invisible and unaccounted for.

Another issue is this whole false notion of a laissez-faire, so called “self-regulating” market. If we recall the last great financial crisis of 2008, there was nothing ‘self-regulating’ about how the US government forcefully intervened to save the economy. The whole series of Quantitative Easing from QE1, to QE3 are some of the most vivid reminders that the invisible hand of the market has long been replaced by the visible hands of the Central Banks.

Since this comment is getting a bit too long, I’ll just mention how any democracy (from the original Athenian democracy of 200 years ago, up to now) has always been an arena of most intense social struggle and the result of each of these struggles are ultimately determined by the balance of forces. Again, there’s nothing ‘self-regulating’ about any of this and it all comes down to social balance of forces.

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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to varjavand (@varjavand) on Pinned comment
Thank you Reza jan, you're too kind.
And Asaln is a good writer, very well aware of a niche market for 'spirituality' in today's USA and he's milking the heck out of it. More power to him, wish he makes as much money as possible. But revenue generation aside, as a writer there's an imperative to expose the readers to as many interpretations as possible. He never does that.
There used to be a sticker on the office door of an Iranian professor at Columbia university, it said: "Deconstruct Everything!"
Now, that's very good advice.
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varjavand varjavand (@varjavand) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
I like your comment especially your suggestion for an alternative title. I hope Reza reads and respond to your comment. I myself do not believe in any God no matter how well its existence is justified by believers and apologists. Dr. Aslan however, is a masterful writer. He can turn copper into gold using his wring skills. He writes about God and religion. I don’t think he is a real devout believer. He is however smart and knows where the money is. His previous book “Zealot” in which he almost discredited Jesus and challenged the faith of billions of Christian was a Best Seller.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
If the title of this book was “God, a deconstruction,” then it could have been some resources for help in our grappling with oppressive, backward role of religion in Iran (and world). Alas this whole ‘argument’ about humanizing or universalizing “god” is much akin to the ‘debate’ about how many angels would fit on tip of a needle.
A simple deconstruction of the notion of god would clearly demonstrate that god is a byproduct of our insecurities and ignorance. The evolving form of god from ancient times to now provides a sort of anthropological chronicle of this process.
150 years ago, many Iranian intellectuals and writers provided an unambiguous critique and rejection of religion and Islam, paving the path for our Constitutional Revolution while promoting and popularizing Secularism and progress. Compared with such a fecund history it’s definitely a sign of decay and degeneration when the entire query is reduced to how best to popularize superstition and backwardness, based on a myth that has been the biggest lie of human civilization
It could be accurately categorized as utterly Tone Deaf when one’s homeland has been destroyed and devastated by religion, but all a writer could come up with is whether to internalize or externalize a fraudulent fiction that has never existed.
It’s a bit reminiscent of these Iranian-Americans modernizing backwardness, in Los Angeles!

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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Parsa jan thanx for this, awesome as usual.
Your contribution brings into sharp relief an aspect seldom mentioned, not looked into, or if divulged, only in passing without a thorough consideration. What Ms. Agnes Boulten says about her husband is frank, brutal and practically never disclosed.
Marital acrimonies aside, madman or not, O'Neil's contributions to American theater remains unparalleled, according to Tony Kushner, of "Angels in America" fame.

The Genius of O’Neill
www.americantheatre.org/2015/02/02/the-genius-of-oneill/

The greatest contemporary American playwright, the late August Wilson not only headed the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference for some years, many have observed parallels in their world.
The brilliant, maladjusted alcoholic still hovering us?

The clip below is from "Reds," where Nicholson portraying O'Neil'; drops some alcoholic truth, honesty and clairvoyance.

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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
If we could all find that inner child one day! Thanks for sharing!
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
Parsa jan here's an article about a lady in Iran who started paintings in her 80's. Golestan Gallery in Tehran is currently having an exhibit of her works.

ناگهان ۸۴ سالگی» در گالری گلستان
www.radiozamaneh.com/344304


And here's another item about a village in Italy where many residents live over 100 years, happily and very well adjusted. All the scientific research into their lives point out to three simple factors contributing to this unprecedented longevity:
1- Great (Italian) food, of course.
2- Healthy natural environment; sea side,.. (air, water,...)
3- Good sex

In One Italian Village, Nearly 300 Residents Are Over 100 Years Old
www.npr.org/2016/03/30/472442367/in-one-italian-village-nearly-300-residents-are-over-100-years-old


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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Thanks for posting another inspiring and uplifting piece. As we age, if we could only remember that freedom outweighs wrinkles of our face.
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SubtleP SubtleP (@SubtleP) on Pinned comment
I felt like that last week when my girl broke up with me over some dumb shit
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Thank you for another gem. In many US cities for the past couple of decade (if not longer) Urban Gardening and community building have emerged as connected endeavor becoming a serious struggle in the process.
This topic is so fecund, so multi-faceted and the literature so vast, it's a bit difficult to chose where to start.
So let's start with a Chaharshanbeh Suri celebration in a NYC urban garden, see below.
Gentleman leading the activities, Mr. Javadi is a long time Urban Gardening activist, responsible for introducing Norooz to great many NYC urban gardens.








On a personal note, sometimes I really miss Prospect Park.
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment

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Siavash Siavash (@Siavash) on Pinned comment
I almost forgot to mention about Vincent Van Gogh. He cut his ear and sent it to the woman he loved as a "Gift". In that way, he was trying to show his love to the woman he loved all his life.
Toulouse Lautrec, French painter, was sleeping with all his models. His models were mostly prostitutes. His paintings were portraits of all those prostitutes. One of his paintings recently sold in auction in amount of 22.4 million dollars. Toulouse Lautrec finally died at the young age (36) due to his sever alcoholism.
Dr. Gholamhossain Saedi, ( Gohar-Morad) also died as a result of sever alcoholism. Dr. Saedi's grave is located at the same cemetery as Hedayat. They both laid to rest in cemetery of Pere lachaise in Paris, France.
Ernest hemingway, an american novelist, was heavy drinker. He finally shot himself in his head with a shogun at his residence. His father also committed suicide. In his final years he suffered paranoid feeling that F.B.I was after him.

John forbes Nash, mathematician, founded the "Game theory" and "differential geometry" theory. He suffered all his life from Paranoid Schizophrenia. The movie "A beautiful mind" portrait the life of John Nash. "Dissociation of character" is evident in the movie. The audience in the theater don't understand what part of movie is real and what part of movie is fantasy. Reality and fantasy changed places simultaneously.

P.S
Prior to "DSM IV", American Psychiatric Association used the term of Manic Depressive for Abe Lincoln illness, but in "DSM IV revised" the name of the illness was changed to "Bipolar Disorder". Farsi name is: Jonoon e Advarie

A Beautiful Mind
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Robert85 Robert85 (@Robert85) on Pinned comment
Rumi is really amazing, great article.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Incoherency IS NOT a virtue!
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EdwardKelly1985 EdwardKelly1985 (@EdwardKelly1985) on Pinned comment
Great article, thanks for sharing your knowledge.
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GJackson76 GJackson76 (@GJackson76) on Pinned comment
Interesting figures, suicidal always interested me...
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Siavash Siavash (@Siavash) on Pinned comment
Hedayat sees the world from the eyes of a dog by the name of "POT" in his novel straw dog.
Franz Kafka sees the world from the eyes of a Cockroache in his novel Metamorphosis.
Tragic death of both Pot and cockroach at the end of novels put the readers in a state of shock and deep state of sorrow or sadness.
"Split personality" are evident in both novels. Split personality or dissociation of characters are typical symptom of schizophrenia in Psychiatric settings.

In 1988, when I was a college student, I met our great novelist Bozorg Alaviبزرگ علوی in person. He was saying that he used to meet with Hedayat and Sadegh Choback صادق چو باک in Naderi Cafe in Tehran back in late 1930's. He was saying that Hedayat deliberately called the name of the dog POT in his novel. The name was extracted from the chess game when there is no way to escape.
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Siavash Siavash (@Siavash) on Pinned comment
Thanks for the literature. Compassion and sympathy is evident in the write up. That could be explained based on writer's gender.

Ernest Jone, the lifelong friend and colleague of Sigmund Freud, says that there is 30% to 70% correlation between art and abnormality. Many artists and outstanding characters in history displayed some kind of abnormality. Oscar Wilde, famous English novelist, was homosexual. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is the reflection of those inner feeling toward same sex. Leonardo da Vinci and his famous Mona Lisa's smile or "Smile of Zhokond" is another work of homosexuality. Mona Lisa's hand is a hand of man rather than woman in the painting. Da Vinci's famous dream about an eagle who touch his lips is a symbolic act of Fellatio in De Vinci's private life, as Freud conceptualized in his book. Abe Lincoln was bipolar. He was walking constantly and pacing around which was a characteristic of "Bipolar Disorder". Pablo Picasso was schizophrenia. Picasso manifests 'Character dissociation" in his paintings which is a symptom of Schizopherenia. His work is amazing and character dissociation is clearly evident in it.
Hedayat never married. Most likely because of his mental illness. Some people say he never married because he had deep understanding of women's nature. He decided to stay single. His book "Blind Owl" reflects Hedayat's inner sexuality and his great desire for woman where the butcher touches the hips of the sheep. The lamb's hips remind him of his wife's hip from previous night.
Having said that about artists and their abnormal life style, no one can deny their masterpieces or art works they presented to the history of mankind.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
"thanks but no thanks, said Sadegh after reading the piece about himself.
And he contiued 'to know me you first need to un-know me'.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Parsa jan thanx for this enlightening article. Good job, as usual.
Unfortunately in Iran, even now in early 21st century, issues of mental health are not adequately paid attention to, or taken care of as they should be.
According to the articles below anywhere from a quarter to a third of Iranians suffer from mental maladies, but country's health infrastructure is obviously not equipped to even begin dealing with such a multitude of patients.
Oc course criminal mullahs have millions and millions to spend on mosques and spread their medieval superstitious nonsense.

از هر سه ایرانی یک نفر از یک یا چند بیماری روانی رنج می‌برد
چند سالی است اعلام آمار بیماری‌های روانی متوقف شده ولی اخیرا انجمن روانپزشکان ایران از کمیسیون بهداشت مجلس درخواست کرده تا روند آمارگیری دوباره آغاز شود.
www.fardanews.com/fa/news/120677/%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%87%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D9%86%D9%81%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%DB%8C%DA%A9-%DB%8C%D8%A7-%DA%86%D9%86%D8%AF-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%AC-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AF



«۲۳/۶ درصد ایرانی‌ ها دچار اختلال روانی‌ از جمله افسردگی‌اند»
بنا بر آخرین مطالعه ملی وزارت بهداشت ۲۳/۶ درصد مردم ایران دچار یکی از انواع اختلالات روانی‌هستند. از جمله ۷/ ۱۲ درصد بزرگسالان در ایران دچار افسردگی‌اند. شمار زنان مبتلا به افسردگی بیش از مردان است.
www.dw.com/fa-ir/%DB%B2%DB%B3-%DB%B6-%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%AF%DA%86%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%AF%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF/a-38354353



درصد ایرانیان اختلالات روانی دارند۳۴
وضعیت سلامت روانی مردم کشور به دلایل مختلف آلودگی‌های صوتی و هوا و تبعیض‌های اجتماعی، اقتصادی و معیشتی تحت تاثیر قرار می‌گیرد‌ به طوری که به گفته رییس سازمان بهزیستی ایران، ۳۴ درصد جمعیت کشور در سنین ۱۹ تا ۶۰ سال دچار اختلالات روانی‌اند.
www.vakilemelat.ir/fa/news/view/210510/%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%84-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%B2/%DB%B3%DB%B4-%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%AF-


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