Freedom of Speech|آزادی بیان

“64th story”


The leader of an unjust land gathered everyone weekly in the main square of the town. People had to show up in order to respect the leader, or there would be consequences and people didn’t want to get in trouble.


The leader always talked about great things about the land like freedom of thought, speech, choice, and dreams, but the civilians never saw those things.

Then at the end of each speech, the leader invited people to talk freely and share their thoughts if they disagreed with any part of his speech. The leader insisted that he loved to hear about it to be able to fix it. However, out of thousands of people, not one ever dared to speak up. Until a man named Sam finally did one day.


Sam said: “We have a rich land full of gold mines, we make tons of money here. Why don’t we have enough schools, hospitals, fair retirement? Why can’t females …?”

The leader interrupted: “You see dear people feel free to talk. It is a free land and you all have the rights to share your thoughts. I thank Sam for mentioning all these things that we already are working on it.”


The speech finished mysteriously. Everyone started looking at each other and talked with their eyes. They were wondering what had happened, but also what a brave man Sam was. He asked questions that they all had wanted to ask for so long. He was stopped in the middle, but at least he was able to ask some of the important questions.


This encouraged people to gather questions they could ask in the following week’s Congregation.


When it was time for the gathering, the leader began his speech filled with the same old lies. Everyone was looking all around but couldn’t find Sam. No one asked any questions that day.


Weeks passed and Sam was never seen again. Once again, out of thousands of people, not one ever dared to speak up.


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  1. Such things never cease, do they? Democracy is very messy, but what a blessing!

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  2. True that. Truths are only appriciate when they serve your vested interests.

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  3. “It’s a saying they have, that a man has a false heart in his mouth for the world to see, another in his breast to show to his special friends and his family, and the real one, the true one, the secret one, which is never known to anyone except to himself alone…” James Clavell,

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  4. This post could not be more timely. Current events in Turkey with the “disappearance” of a Washington Post journalist and only yesterday a journalist silenced in the US. As always your stories have depth and meaning as well as being entertaining to read.

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  5. Wow. So really, their voices weren’t even respected. Wow…powerful.

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  6. For some people, the only truth that matters is the truth that goes in line with what they want to hear. Speak what’s real and go against the status quo and you’ll be silenced. Sam is a perfect example of speaking what’s real and challenging beliefs that do not benefit the people. I really love this post, my friend. Really powerful and well done!

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  7. The uncomfortable person dies. The ruler is a deceitful cheater and murderer. Man learns that honesty is unpaid.

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  8. Happening even today. Sad but true. Freedom of speech is quickly becoming a thing of the past, even in our western countries.
    Thank you Laleh.

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  9. Love it Laleh! So timely and so very true… throughout history, as I’ve mentioned to you before: the famous Martin Niemöller speech. Remember? I’ll leave this wonderfully profound quote too…

    My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. — Adlai Stevenson

    Today that’s not the case when your mobster/mafia “leader” sounds like a broken-record, “You’re FIRED! You’re FIRED! You’re FIRED! FBI? YOU’RE FIRED TOO! Intelligence Agencies and Homeland Security? YOU’RE FIRED TOO! Freedom of the Press? YOU’RE DEFINITELY FIRED and AN ENEMY OF THE STATE!!!! Is there anyone else I can fire? I get giddy and aroused when I scream that repeatedly.

    Talk about everything that is NOT in the spirit of our Constitution, this attitude and mentality is off the charts. 😔

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  10. This reminds me so much of somebody we all know…..!

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  11. Laleh,

    Brilliant and powerful, as per usual.

    Freedoms do not belong to the few but to the many, and I think it’s easy to forget this even though we shouldn’t. We can’t afford to.

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  12. Una lettura emozionante! grazie.

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  13. I like that your stories don’t always have happy endings. Life is like that, unfortunately. Stories are quite sobering – it’s easy to live in blisfull ignorance.

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  14. Been a problem in many places, in one degree or another. Good thing there are blogs now, though. 🙂 (I hope the internet connection is OK there). 🍸

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  15. I’ve read about your book a few times when I came to your site, and again today. With so much going on the world people, especially Americans, live in a cocoon. They really don’t know what is going on in the world. If they can read about it in 5 second blurb they don’t have the attention dosh to absorb it. So often on my social media sites I try to educate people about what is happening but I don’t make much headway. People are stuck in their half truths and don’t want to know. That being said I know I am woefully ignorant about the truth of what goes on in countries of the middle east except to know that women are rarely treated with equality. I want to get your book, tomorrow when I crawl out of my bed where I am reading right. ( writing it down now so make me remember!)

    Also, I know the labor of love that goes into writing and promoting a book you believe in. It is important that authors and writers support and share the work of others. Without that support means there will be people who never get the chance to read it. So look for a sale from me tomorrow. If it is as good as it appears to be I will hapy to it with my followers. share

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    • You are so kind my dear friend. Thanks for your support and kind words. I hope you like my book. The purpose of writing this book was for the world to know what really is going on, and this is only a drop in an Ocean of cruelty. Can’t wait to read your review. ❤


  16. So much sad thing in Iraan.

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  17. Ouch too close a parallel to what is going down in our current “democracies” … good one Laleh!

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  18. Those of us who live in lands where we can express ourselves should be thankful. We need to keep working at it to ensure it is not frittered away.

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  19. You write so well and the message u get across is strong. I am so inspired by your words. Currently I am also writing on free speech (law on free speech in India) and will be posting it soon

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  20. A timeless story we all need to ponder. Thanks so much for sharing it. Fear remains a motivator to all of humanity and it is often only the brave ones who speak up. Your story gives us all fair warning. America’s first president had something to say about it–“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
    ― George Washington

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  21. Your parables teach other people.
    I welcome you cordially.

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  22. This is so scary, even as we see freedom of speech under attack in the United States and around the world; however, when this happens even in the United States, how does the rest of the world keep up their hope?

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  23. Thanks for liking my piece on the word ‘Labyrinth’ Laleh. My eyes are filled with tears on reading your piece about freedom of speech. Nowhere’s perfect…but we are so lucky to have that in the West. All credit to you. Take care. Hugs Joy xx .

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