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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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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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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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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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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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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Thanx for this original study of the relationship between Rumi and Shams, its significance and consequences.
Shams is here appears somewhat as a sort of an Anarchist who helped Rumi to break all superficial and cosmetic norms and boundaries of his times and reach a stage of true liberation and emancipation.
Please accept this recitation of Rumi's poetry in Persian, read by Shamlo.

شعرهای «مولوی» با صدای «احمد شاملو»
parand.se/?p=999
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Thank you so much for your insightful thoughts on Molana, a lesson of life and healing to face and overcome despair.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Your thoughts really resonate and I also really enjoy your writing style. Thanks for taking the time to share.
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MMurphy77 MMurphy77 (@MMurphy77) on Pinned comment
I think it's the most important thing.. to truly know yourself.
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varjavand varjavand (@varjavand) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Some people on social media want to oppose whatever America does no matter what. And that is oxymoronic!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Professor Varjavand, I immediately thought of your blog and Facebook newsfeed when I came across this comic :)
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
It's either that (opinions) or a status update of where they are or what they're eating ;) After all, besides religion, what the heck else is there to talk about? Based on your venting it sounds like you're overdue for a Newsfeed tune up; time to block some Facebook 'friends'.

Negativity bias is quite normal and from an evolutionary standpoint its been a critical survival skill. That said, I suspect that your newsfeed is made up of mostly immigrants - Middle Easterners at that. For that bunch, their relationship with US foreign policy towards the region can be summed up with this status update.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
How about this for your status quo: being commodified in a society of spectacles?
Capitalist mode of production is immensely more complex, contradictory and competitive ('creative destruction' dynamics,..) than a mere 'Mafia model.'
Of course there have been many oppositional movements against the above mentioned processes, projecting themselves as alternatives to this process of commodification, Occupy Wall St. is a good example, BLM and DAP communities are also great examples of communities in struggle and in a sense the continuity of the Occupy movement.
But first a few words about this MOFO "Society of Spectacles" as elucidated by Monsieur Guy Debord (1967).



Adbuster
Journal of the mental environment
www.adbusters.org/
Adbusters is a not-for-profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological, physical and cultural environments by commercial forces.
It was also the unofficial Official journal of the "Occupy Wall St." movement.

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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Parsa jan your contemplative reflections on issues of sorrow and self reminded me of two great poems which convey the same theme.

John Donne's "No Man is an Island" from 17th century is very similar in calling attention to human beings interconnectedness.

'No Man is an Island'

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne


Closer to home our very own great poet Mehdi Akhavan Saalees, in his last published poem "We, I, We" writes about how "sorrow also just like joy has its own god, its own world."
غم نیز چون شادی برای خود خدایی ، عالمی دارد
Unfortunately I haven't found an English translation of this poem yet (hopefully one day I'll translate it) but for now here the poem in Persian.
And thanx for all your contributions.

ما ، من ، ما

هیچیم
هیچیم و چیزی کم
ما نیستیم از اهل این عالم که می بینید
وز اهل عالم های دیگرهم
یعنی چه پس اهل کجا هستیم ؟
از عالم هیچیم و چیزی کم ، گفتم .

غم نیز چون شادی برای خود خدایی ، عالمی دارد
نور سیاه و مبهمی دارد
پس زنده باشد مثل ِ شادی ، غم
ما دوستدار سایه های تیره هم هستیم
و مثل عاشق ، مثل پروانه
اهل نماز ِ شعله و شبنم
اما
هیچیم و چیزی کم .

رفتم فراز بام خانه ، سخت لازم بود
شب بود و مظلم بود و ظالم بود
آنجا چراغ افروختم ، اطراف روشن شد
و پشه ها و سوسک ها بسیار
دیدم که اینک روشنایم خورده خواهد شد
کِشتم اسیر بی مروت زرده خواهد شد
باغ شبم افسرده خون مرده خواهد شد
خاموش کردم روشنایم را
و پشه ها و سوسک ها رفتند
غم رفت ، شادی رفت
و هول و حسرت ترکِ من گفتند
و اختران خفتند

آنگاه دیدم آن طرف از سکنج ِ بام
سک دختر زیباتر از رویای شبنم ها
تنها
انگار روح آبی و آب است
انگار هم بیدار و هم خواب است
انگار غم در کسوت شادی است
انگار تصویر خدا در بهترین قالب است
انگارها بگذار
بیمار !
او آن « نمی دانی و می دانی » است
او لحظه ی فرار جائویی
او جاودانه جاودانتاب است
محض خلوص و مطلق ناب است

از بام پایین آمدیم ، آرام
همراه با مشتی غم و شادی
و با گروهی زخمها و عده ای مرهم
گفتیم بنشینم
نزدیک سالی مهلتش یک دم
مثل ظهور اولین پرتو
مثل غروب آخرین عیسای ِ بن مریم
مثل نگاه غمگنانه ی ما
مثل بچه ی آدم
آنگه نشستیم و به خوبی خوب فهمیدیم
دیدیم باز آن چراغ روز و شب خامش تر از تاریک
باز ما
هیچیم و چیزی کم .



تهران فروردین ۶۹
مهدی اخوان ثالث

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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Thank you Arash-jaan and Merry Christmas to you and all other Topers!! Life is good! (especially when you start your day with this delicious treat :)
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Meshes of the Afternoon
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