Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Alternative view

For a moment, assume the following, without any proof or evidence just as a thought experiment:

"A country's governing body reflects the average characteristics of people in that country."

Then, consider the recent history of a country you like, or have connection to, say Iran. What do we learn about the characteristics of an average Iranian (conditional on the validity of the assumption)?

Next, try to understand the behavior of the average Iranian (as we deduced above, conditional on our assumption!) without involving your emotions. It may help if you imagine that the average Iranian is yourself ... or, for that matter, see if you can find those characteristics in yourself and your friends and family. Again, the important point here is detaching from emotions (positive or negative) and trying to understand ...


  1. I totally agree. However, I want to add some points. If there are some traits in that "average Iranian" that bothers you, it means you also possess those traits. Maybe not to the extent that you observe in the governing body though. The practical, individual lesson is the same, however. Each of us, individually should work on those traits/beliefs.

  2. I think it makes sense that in general when "something" bothers me, there is some degree of closeness to "it". One case, as you mentioned, is when I posses a characteristic that I dislike ... I am not sure that this logic "always" works (how generalizable it is)


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