IRI SUPPORTERS, X-SOVIET SUPPORTERS, AND VIEW OF REALITY
I was reading some of the
postings by the ardent supporters of Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) and I saw
some of the most obvious facts about IRI, such as the harassment of political
These arguments of the IRI ardent supporters remind me of one thing in the East and another in the West which I would like to share with people who are interested to hear it. Please ignore if not interested.
I remember at the time of the
Her face had turned red
telling me how arrogant I was not to understand that
I told her, well let's go to
Then she said no no no no, you are an anti-Communist. Or else you would see how free we are. I said how is it? She said well, she had gone 48 Km outside of
She could never believe me
that in the
The second thing that the IRI ardent supporters remind me of happened in the West. After the era of founders of Modern Rationalism (Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibnitz) who started with doubting to arrive at certitude, there were Hume and Kant. Hume added the Humean doubt to the rationalist certitude and Kant distinguished between Synthetic and Analytic Truth, where the former requires the external reality to be substantiated whereas the latter has its truth in its meaning. For example, if you have put 2 apples in a jar and then you have added another 2 apples, you will have 4 apples and there is no need to check the reality to arrive at this analytic truth.
Any ways, after Hume and Kant,
there was a philosopher called Bishop Berkeley (yes, UC Berkeley is named after
The modern rationalism, which had started thanks to the ones who had challenged the flat-earth theories 3 centuries before, at the end of 18th century, fell into a more absurd logical inquiry itself, and evidently logic was not easily able to put this argument to rest.
In the nineteenth century, social philosophy took precedence, and science gained strength. Marxism grew. Darwinism and science grew and pure philosophy was forgotten for a while.
But around the end of the
nineteenth century, a philosopher by the name of F.H. Bradley became
popular. He was an objective idealist of
the Hegelian school at first, but he turned into
UNTIL, there was a
philosopher by the name of G.E. Moore in
Any ways, in the meeting, G.E. Moore took the podium and showed his RIGHT HAND. Then he pointed at his hand and said " THIS IS MY RIGHT HAND". Then he raised his left hand and said "THIS IS MY LEFT HAND". So that was his whole lecture in refutation of Bradley. No logical arguments. Just raising his hands and speaking. In other words, the external reality comes first and talking and logic comes next, not the other way around.
Now anybody who has lived in
These are realities, that are talked about, and are known by even the most illiterate Iranian people, when they talk to each other at home, but nobody dares to speak of these things in public, not because they are imagining these sad realities, but because people are afraid. It is the REALITY. RIGHT HAND, LEFT HAND!
If one wants to close eyes
and not see these facts and likes to call them unproven allegations, I am
afraid only what happened in
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