By Iranian born Economist Dr. Mehrdad Emadi :
“In spite of setbacks, and moments of dark thoughts about the future of Iran and its peaceful and rightful place in the world, we stayed hopeful that there are many in the world that do well and wish well for the humanity.”
I wish all of my friends and co-workers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope we engage more in dialogue and understanding of each other instead of belittling those who differ from us in any shape and form. I hope that we see the freeing of all prisoners of conscious in the New Year in Iran and also an improvement in this situation in all our neighbouring countries, in Africa and in China and not least in the Russian Federation. I hope the New Year brings with it, through our collective effort a more tolerant attitude toward other races and people of other faith in the EU and the North America. And this year I forgo my Christmas wish (Akbar Mashti Ice Cream) from Santa since my wish was a return to dialogue between Iran, my country of birth and the West. I see it as almost granted and I am grateful to the Creator of all things good for helping us all try harder to see the world moving toward a peaceful language rather than a more unhelpful mind-set that sought war in every situation.
In spite of setbacks, and moments of dark thoughts about the future of Iran and its peaceful and rightful place in the world, we stayed hopeful that there are many in the world that do well and wish well for the humanity. A President to remain nameless who stayed calm and led with wisdom, a Foreign Secretary who defied the expectations by thinking ‘Progress through Diplomacy,” and a Prime Minister who has truly placed herself above the triviality of personal politics all played constructive roles in the process. And inside Iran, amongst the loud calls for confrontation, a number of key statesmen saw the real issues through the fog of mischief of the few and steered away from the course of destruction. But above all of these individual of power and influence, the ordinary citizens of Iran, the U.S. and the EU showed they wished to see a better and more honest use of democracy. And yes I think from my understanding, this was also the wish of the citizens of Israel who stood against the warmongering of the few politician. There is always goodness in humanity; we just need to look a bit more closely to see it.
And finally and most importantly, I thank all our non-Iranian friends for standing with the people of Iran to find their own path toward self-governance, a more open society and hopefully a more prosperous future.
Bless those who seek hope in life and deny themselves revenge, hate and anger and help those who are lost in the hatred of others to find true meaning of being on this earth of ours.