My aunt sent me this letter to share with our blog readers. It is about hope and change and has a strong message for all of us, whether you are from New York City, Tehran, Tokyo, Cairo, London, or Los Angeles, even though the topic is on the existing situation in the United States. Enjoy reading it and send us your own thoughts and experiences:
It was a wonderful feeling to be sitting with this group under the same roof. The speakers informed us of all that was happening and all that is needed to be done in the few months to come (just a few months). The questions and answers followed the introduction and it gave way to comments about international affairs.
As one of the speakers started commenting and joking about Iran, I found myself feeling very confused. What is going on here? As the jokes about my country continued, I felt as if the walls of the room were closing in on me. I felt even dizzier when I looked around and saw these well intentioned people, or so they seemed in the beginning, as the same prejudiced people they are trying to oppose.
My confusion continued to the point of absolute disappointment not because I was being insulted as an Iranian and not because once more I was witnessing a great civilization like Iran was being mocked by ignorance, but mostly because I was loosing hope.
Yes, Obama had brought hope for us that all this can change. Here though I was sitting next to people supporting this human quest, chanting for change yet seem to be so far from it. I asked myself desperately whether these people know what change means and what it takes to practice it. Do they think that change is a fashionable slogan? Is the change about to take place once there is party and free wine, strawberries and stickers? Are they now going to make a song out of it and dance to the words, “yes we can”?
On the other hand I felt so obligated to cry out asking his campaign managers not to damage his mission.
This was my confusion.
Well I did not say a word because I did not know what effect it will all have, not to mention I badly needed a ride down to Shattuck