Small steps toward peace between the Middle East and the U.S. – dialogue

What is peace?

Does it take up too much time?
Does it interfere too much?
Should we think about it?
Even better, should we talk about it?

We should.

That’s why peace professors from different parts of the world came together today to talk about what that means in our society as Americans and also as global citizens.

Ramin Jahnanbegloo speaking at the University of Denver, March 9, 2015 (Photo: Diana Aqra)

Ramin Jahnanbegloo speaking at the University of Denver, March 9, 2015 (Photo: Diana Aqra)

In a world where there is ISIS, where there was Darfur, where there was the Holocaust, it must be society that maintains a consciousness of peace, professor Ramin Jahnanbegloo said at the University of Denver.

We must not take on those groups’ consciousness, but rather that of Martin Luther King Jr., Henry David Thoreau and other civic-minded Americans. We must choose our leaders, not let them choose how to think for us.

That is why Jahnanbegloo practices and preaches a more philosophic way of living.

He hope that the nuclear deal between Iran and the U.S. is just a starting point, and a necessary one, to begin to neutralize the strong antagonism between societies and the governments of the two countries.

“We shouldn’t think what our government thinks,” he says, explaining that societies thinking should be independent from our leaders, like the leaders of Iran and the U.S. and Israel.

With hope, relations between Iranian people and people in the U.S. can become more open and peaceful, Ferous, a teacher from the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning in Denver said. He and other Iranian-American people like himself are planning to public celebrations of Iranian holidays in coming weeks, like Norooz, the Iranian New Year on March 20 and Tirgan, a Springtime holiday, in July.

Ferous hopes that the celebrations will bring people of all races and faiths to foster peace through the enjoyment of food and culture.

He follows the work of Carlos Fuentes (a famous Mexican poet and philosopher), Ahmad Shamloo (an Iranian poet-philosopher).

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