This person is living a utopian dream.
The following statement has no basis in reality:
If I have one message to give to the secular American people, it’s that the world is not divided into countries.
Even as a society matures, there will always be throwbacks to inferior ways of life. However in the case of Iran, I don't believe that they are at the tipping point yet. The internet is certainly speeding it along, but in my guess, its probably going to be another decade before they are ready. The youth need greater numbers, more governing experience, and more societal power and institutions that are their own before they can make a smooth transition.
Last edited by tacomancer; 02-26-12 at 06:23 AM.
I can't wait till America can handle democracy.I completely agree. Some cultures and handle democracy but most cannot. There is a definite difference in maturity when it comes to societies.
I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
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I answered 'Agree', because the question is one of comparing magnitudes. Not a question of the governments being effectively the same, as they are not. (Sorry, again, I'm a retired design engineer.)
Of course we are mostly the same. People all across the world want the same things. We want comfort, security, freedom... all of that. We want to live our lives free from fear, free from the control of others. We want to love and be loved. And we're all afraid of the same things.
That's the difference between cultures with democracies and those without. It comes from people trusting each other, putting aside their differences and working together. That doesn't come from where in the world you live, or anyone's stupid religious bullcrap. There is nothing fundamentally different about us, about Iranians, about Taiwanese, about Aboriginal tribes in Australia, Brasilians (I hang around so many of them that I spell it their way :p)... white people, black people, Hispanics, Asians, Jew, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, all of us!
Every moron who struts around thinking that their country, or their culture is magically superior... that person is part of the problem, and not part of the solution. We make progress by helping each other, not by looking down on each other, and especially not hurting each other. Don't forget, we in the west have been trampling on the Middle East and twisting its politics, its nations, and its people for our own ends for most of the last century. Until we own up to our mistakes and focus on making things better, all we're going to do is make things worse.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
I agree with it. You cannot impose democracy on a people, they have to adopt it for themselves. What we did in Iraq will likely come back to bite us. We can't make them democratic in the long term, we can set up the systems, put people in place to whisper the right things in their ears, but if they don't embrace it on their own and change their way of thinking on their own, it will never last. Iran is the same way. We can show them the way, we can show them the benefits, but we can't make them take that path. So far, they have not. I don't know that most of the Middle East will ever take that path because they're so utterly mired in religious dogma that they cannot accept a non-religious government.
Maybe some day, not right now.
btw, Dion, it would have been nice if you had given the direct link to the site you got your quote from, don't you think?
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