Persian (Farsi)

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"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
- Rumi

Digging deeper into Persian/Farsi is something I am really keen to do this year.

The history, culture, people, food, flow of empires in and out of the world narrative, the Silk Roads, what more can I add?

Iran, the continuation of all the above, seems to many in the west as an aloof, unpredicatable regional power, with a finger on the trigger to follow through on its leaders belligerent statements.

However, and this is a point I will always hammer on about: we have to seperate people from politics, the ordinary citizens from the declamation of their leaders, often poles apart. This is seen in such sharp focus when I think about the geopolitics of the region and specifically Iran.

The Islamic revolutionary regime do not represent many across Iran today; the struggles are real and Western sanctions bite hard, mostly felt at the street level of ordinary people; food, utilities, travel restrictions, currency inflation, etc.

I do not want to demonise a whole people on the actions of their leadership, no one should - we are all just humans at the most fundamental level, void of colour, religion, ideology.

This is how I feel toward the beautiful people of Iran and perhaps this, more than anything else, has motivated me to seek deeper the treasures of Iran and her people through learning Persian.

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