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February 12, 2014

3. Islamic revolution

 

The majority of Iranian public being under educated and religious, it was very easy to get them emotional with strong beliefs and ideas.

 

The main message of the Islamic revolution was in two parts:


1. God, religion, heaven (promise for a good life after death, since the life before death was not that good after all) for the ones who were religious.

 

2. Oil money for who were rather materialistic.

 

It worked very well. They got the mass very quick. Quick enough that in a short 9 months Ayatollah Khomeini went from not being known by majority to leading the country.

 

I remember the days everybody became more religious, involved in politics, talking about the oil money that Shah did not share with them. People did the math on the income of the oil and how it should have been distributed, like a senior financial advisor:). As per their calculation everyone would be so rich that no one had to work. The everyday people discussed politics all over. Very frequently these conversations got heated, to the extent that in most of public places notes were placed pleading people to stop talking about politics. Interesting enough majority had the slightest clue on the topic.

 

Strong opinions are more frequently due to lack of knowledge than abundance of knowledge

 

My dad being an army man, plus we were not originally from Dezful, we became more distant from the people in Dezful. We were looked at as bad people. There was this kid who wanted to fool me into burning myself. I was around 11 years old at the time. On a few occasions he told me that I can soak my arm with gasoline and set it on fire and I would not get hurt, and that he had done it himself. I am sure that was something that his elders had taught him to do. After all they looked at us as the enemy. I never discussed this with my parents, however I told him I would love to see how he did it before I do it. I think this kid’s parents were religious and uneducated as well, thinking by fooling me into hurting myself they would have got back at Shah, the current leader of the country.

 

For our safety, all army members and their family, including my family, were moved to the army base for several months.

 

The alley that we lived in was called "Nazari (my last name) Alley", this was because my dad wanted to be recognized, and registered the name of the alley in his own last name. After all, army had power and people were a bit scared of them, what my dad loved to see.

 

After revolution most of the street and major places were called "Imam Khomeini" including our alley. This became quite confusing for finding places.

 

For a short while after the revolution people were very kind to each other, calling each other "brother" and "sister", like one big family. This was all very short lived. I remember my dad was in a car accident where he was at fault but the other party did not ask for any damages, however the other party did not ask for damages. At that time we had no car insurance and normally the one at fault had to pay the cost of the repair for the other party.

 

Shortly after the revolution, all those good emotions and treating one another out of kindness and as one big family died down. A lot of Shah’s patriots were executed with minimal or no trial. All in the name of God. Most of the educated and wealthy people left the country.

 

hoping to get a position and power in the new revolutionary government, a lot of people became radically in favor of the government, their qualification was not as important as their connections. Religion was the best excuse to justify their wrong doings.

 

I have no doubts that if there was no strong religious ideas, we would have never had a revolution nor the aftermath chaos

 

Most people who were logical, left the country or felt a terrible pain with no hope of recovery and at times literally went crazy. The only way was to support the new government, or you would be tortured or killed in the name of god and/or torsion.

 

The same emotions and strong uneducated beliefs, often became the base for the young people, to create or join different opposition groups.  All opposition groups were eradicated one after the other. 

 

My cousin, Reza, was executed at age 21 for carrying publication materials for one of the opposition groups called Mojahedin. Again all in the name of god, since no other cause could justify the extent of the crime.

 

Ironically my cousin, Reza, considered himself a true Muslim, such as the ones who executed him

 

Luckily less than a year after the revolution, in 1980 my dad retired from the army and we left Dezfool for good. And shortly after the war between Iran and Iraq started , Dezfool was bombed by Iraq numerous times, killing thousands.

Although I really would have liked us to move to Karaj where we had a big family from my dad's side, we ended up moving to Shiraz where my mom's family lived. After all we have an expression that goes like this: they asked this guy "Where are you from", he answered "I don't know, I am not married yet".

 Author: Mohammed Nazari

 

What is the Penicillin for the social diseases? "I don't Know"

February 10, 2014
What is the Penicillin for the social diseases? “I don’t know”

Author: Mohammed Nazari

Invention of the Penicillin was a huge step forward in the history of medicine. I believe with only one small change we will have the same huge step forward in our mental health as an individual as well as a society. And it is by saying “I don’t know, when we don’t know, and ask more questions instead of making comments”.

Lack of information in a field allows some to make comments or judgements,...

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You can't take realistic conclusions out of un realistic circumstances

February 10, 2014
You can't take realistic conclusions out of un realistic circumstances

Author: Mohammed Nazari

All beliefs and decisions must be backed up with some sort of reasoning, I recommend the following sequence:
A: Science, If not enough science available or not applicable , then
B: Statistics, If not enough statistic available or not applicable, then
C: Logic and Common sense, which can get tricky
D: Emotions and feelings, to be left for last

The reality is, we do not have the absolute science, knowledge...
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I don't need culture, I'm civilized

February 10, 2014
I don’t need culture, I’m civilized

Author: Mohammed Nazari

In order to clarify, the meaning of "Culture" in this writing is: Acquiring certain behaviors, customs and beliefs that are copied from the past without them being supported by science or by statistics.

As well the meaning of "Civilization" in this writing is: the ability to live within society in harmony, understanding your own rights and respecting other’s, and the fact that the society keeps changing which may require changes ...
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2. My name is Mo, for short call me Mohammed :)

December 10, 2013

2. My childhood in Dezful

 

Iran is a country with many different races, languages, religions and cultures; however these differences are not taken lightly and are the source of physical, verbal and political fights and disagreements. Everyone is proud of their own identity, thinking low of others. Well one way they believe of building confidence is putting others down. These get reflected in their poetry, jokes and stories. Very frequently you see people telling jokes that put the other...


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1. My name is Mo, for short call me Mohammed :)

December 10, 2013

Hi, my name is Mo, for short call me Mohammed :)

and this is my story

1. Welcome to my family:  

War zone, bring your guns or your shield if you want to be more safe.

I was born in Iran, into a family with three children and two completely different parents, different in their upbringings and values. I can't tell you the year I was born so you can't guess my age, but what I can tell you is that I look way younger than I am, handsome, smrt, hardworking, motivated and more than anyth...


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Structure a happier life

December 6, 2013
Structure a happier life

Author: Mohammed Nazari

What is Happiness?
And how do we get there?
Is happiness a multiplication of pleasure?

You can't have a home if you don't have a house, but you can have a house, that is not a home.

Logic and practicality is the structure and foundation of a house, while emotions and feelings are the furniture and the decor.

You can't be the happiest if you are not realistic. Although you can be realistic, and not the happiest.

I believe happiness can be achieved the b...

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Live or Die

October 28, 2013

Live or Die  

Author: Mohammed Nazari

A logical way to structure a better life

This writing is my opinion in reference to my research and personal experience. I believe the more logical and practical we are the better life becomes.

Logic and practicality is the structure and foundation of a house, while emotions and feelings are the furniture and the decor.

From my understanding depression is more  frequent among realistic people compared to optimistic individuals. Perhaps this is because depress...


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A Personal Journey (Speech)

Author: Mohammed Nazari

Please find the link to the YouTube videos below

Part 1: https://youtu.be/A4BzmJ7jwOg

                               Part 2: https://youtu.be/JufeK2G-U8E

  •  It is amazing, when you have a big "goal" in mind, most other big "problems" look like small "challenges"       
  • Education in Canada is more practical than in the east which is more theoretical. After all you can find the theory in books or online, without needing to go to school.

Reasons for my failure as an employee:

1. Higher Canadian standards and sensitivity level  

2. My defensive behavior    

  •  Blaming  your behavior or action does not mean blaming you as a person
  • One for all, All for one

3. Inability to be honest with my own feelings  

  • Pride that has no basis, doesn't allow you to be honest.

4.  Canadian are too polite to be honest   

  •  If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything
  • Read between the lines

 Resolution:

  •  Knowledge of higher/different Canadian standards and simply following versus questioning them
  •  Longer orientation
  •  Welcoming comments and asking for further explanation versus defending our self
  • Being honest with our feelings and abilities:

o   Acknowledging your weakness is a sign of honesty and makes you stronger.

  • Asking versus commenting:

o   Don't assume, ask question

o   Don't comment, ask question

o   Don't judge, ask question

o   When in doubt, ask question

o   When you think you know, ask questions to clarify

o Comments are not welcome, questions are

·         What kind of question?

1. Open ended and unbiased questions

2. Yes-No questions to clarify

When you have a car problem whom you ask for help? your Doctor, mother or mechanic.

Although this question seems silly, we make this mistake all the time, asking a professional question from people outside of that profession and building opinions.

  • Ask questions from the right person(s). The ones with proven success.

 

You will learn more from the successful people who can show you how to succeed.

Unsuccessful people can show you how not to fail the way they did.

 While the pathways to success are few, there are multiple pathways to fail.

Which one is easier and more effective to learn?

 Uncle Google and my cousin YouTube can help you with any questions.

Starting my own business

  •  In order to have a good society/business, good structure is more important than good people.
  •  The main sources of work/interpersonal problems are: communication and expectations.
  •  Interpersonal skills are not just talking nicely but much more importantly is to follow a structure and    framework, even if it is not the best structure.
  • Having a poor structure is better than having no structure

I would I would recommend that you ask my uncle and cousin, Google and YouTube, about the following:

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  • Active listening
  •  Critical thinking
  • Yes-No question
  • Open ended question
  • how to be honest with oneself

 

After all My success and happiness depends on your success and happiness.

Let us make life better for all of us.