Hurting people’s honor| بدنام کردن مردم


“59th story”

First Published: Oct.04.2018

There once was a land of injustice. People had to obey religious rules even if it didn’t make any sense. They were not able to talk nor complain if they did they would be punished.

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They were put in prison, whipped in public and tortured. The land of injustice was full of unhappy people.

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A wise man was passing by the Injustice land and saw a young man getting whipped over and over again.

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People of the town were forced to gather to watch and learn the lesson of how disobeying was painful and not worth trying.

The wise man went closer and asked the religious judge who sentenced the order: “May I ask what this young man did?”

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The judge said: “He drank wine. Drinking wine is forbidden and whoever drinks wine will burn in hell and be punished on earth.”

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The wise man asked: “May I ask the reason why drinking wine consequent s to getting whipped?”

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The judge said: “Because drinking wine and alcohol is very bad for health and will damage the body. Our duty is to remind them and teach them the religious path to heaven. And if they didn’t get it, we are forced to punish them so they would follow and go to heaven.”

The wise man smiled and said: “Thank you for making it clear to me that drinking alcohol will hurt the body, but whipping will not. Also, they drink wine in private as it is their own business, but whipping will be in front of a crowd and will damage their soul, honor, and reputation. It is wonderful how concerned you are about the health of others in the town. People should be awake and thankful for all these great efforts you are putting in for them. I personally am amazed.”

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171 comments

  1. Great post!
    If a person is punished in hell anyway, why punish him now?
    If you think punishment changes anything, why didn’t the crime rates all over the world drop? The world keeps getting worse with each passing day.
    About time we changed our thinking.

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  2. We need more wise people to travel through lands of injustice. 🙂

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  3. He was a truly wise man. I wonder if his meaning was lost to the judge.

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  4. Nice story but it is so unfortunate that we still have some countries with the same rules.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts… 🙂

    “When we begin to build walls of prejudice, hatred, pride, and self-indulgence around ourselves, we are more surely imprisoned than any prisoner behind concrete walls and iron bars.” Mother Angelica

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  6. A strong/solid post – brilliant and thought-provoking.

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  7. That dystopian world is nearer than we think. And it already exists in numerous parts of the world. :/

    A wonderful, yet painfully poignant story and reality check Laleh. 🙂

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    • Thanks dear friend for your thoughtful comment. I hear these unfairness everyday and there’s nothing I can do about it. That’s so sad. ❤️

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      • You are welcome Laleh. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with reality checks here and there when appropriate. It should not hinder bold visions for the greater good. 😉

        However, I would like to encourage you (challenge you?) to stay vigilant in protecting basic human rights and justice, and all those well-known virtues about equality AND tolerance through deep understanding, empathy, and stoic patience… as is humanly possible. Otherwise, we could find ourselves in the same position Martin Niemöller found himself in the late 1930’s Germany:

        When the Nazis came for the communists,
        I remained silent;
        I was not a communist.

        When they locked up the social democrats,
        I remained silent;
        I was not a social democrat.

        When they came for the trade unionists,
        I did not speak out;
        I was not a trade unionist.

        When they came for the Jews,
        I remained silent;
        I wasn’t a Jew.

        When they came for me,
        there was no one left to speak out.

        If we are not careful Laleh and active in our civil duties — simply as good human beings! — that dystopian world gains roots, strength, and solid footholds that are become harder and harder to uproot and extinguish. In other words, there is usually MUCH we can do. 😉

        Warmest best regards to you Ma’am. ❤

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      • Thanks dear friend for your kind words, you’re right at least we can write about it and spread the words. Maybe that could be more affective than swords.❤️

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      • Absolutely! And you are VERY GIFTED with your words and stories! They inspire! Do not stop! 😍

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      • You’re amazing ❤️

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      • Ah, you’re being very kind, BUT I just recognize and want to do my part as a little and big part of this human family. You and anyone else are first my cousins on this world. I don’t see national borders or sociopolitical divisions or religious divisiveness. I simply see and feel human beings on planet Earth. Period.

        Yes, perhaps that is too simple for my own good, but it will never change as long as my heart beats and my lungs breath. Call me crazy, call me deluded. LOL 😄

        But thank you nonetheless Laleh. ❤

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      • I see everyone equal too. We’re all born as human and have right to be free.❤️

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      • Yes! And if you’ll please excuse my rather crude, basic human analogy here… 😀

        In the end, we all sit on the toilet the same for the same purpose. Let’s not forget that. We are absolutely capable of living on this planet peacefully and in advanced forms of Eusociality and when needed, in forms of Superorganism behaviors. Many other species on the planet — thru 5-6 extinction events! — have been doing this successfully for millions and millions of years! The acclaimed Harvard Naturalist and Entomologist E. O. Wilson puts it very simply:

        Exclusion makes us suffer. Inclusion makes us thrive.

        Hope you’re having a fantastic week Laleh and have a super weekend Madame. ❤

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      • You have a great weekend too dear ❤️

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  8. Really wonderful! Thank you for sharing this.

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  9. You gave me quite a surprise just now…

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  10. Una limpida perfetta parabola la saggezza del vecchio.

    Sherabientot grazie 🦋

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  11. Another wonderful story Laleh. Thank you.

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  12. Sometimes religious people can damage a heart, while trying to save the soul. A well said piece!

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  13. This is a wonderful heartfelt blog my sweet Laleh!!!!

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  14. It’s short and thought provoking! Thank you 🙂

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  15. Lovely post Laleh, to bad the men that think their wise are really dome.

    ❤️✌️
    BY FOR NOW

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  16. Looks like “common sense” was lacking in the land of injustice.
    Thank you for a wise story lovely Laleh ❤️

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  17. I’ve added your book to my list and look forward to reading it. Thank you.

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  18. Thank you for another great story, Laleh! It remembers me on the unbelievable religious “caretakers” of my own community. They dont know their own rules by themselves. Best wishes, Michael.

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  19. Het zou in het leven allen mogen gaan m respect voor elkaar maar we hebben nog en lange weg te gaan.Weer een mooi leerrijk verhaal Laleh

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  20. Religion is being misused and abused by people to enhance themselves.

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  21. The note gives a lot to think about.

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  22. A sobering read. If it weren’t true it would almost be amusing! Thank you for articulating it so well.

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  23. la giustizia umana non migliora l’uomo

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  24. The land of injustice proved how unjust the Judge was. He should worry about he will be “judged” as cruel and unusual punishment is part of his wrong decision-making.
    Good luck with your book, Laleh. ❤️ I definitely hope it is bought and read by many people! Take care! 💜 📖 💙

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  25. I enjoy your writing. The storytelling style almost reminds me of Aesop’s Fables. Simple but very effective. Nice work.

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  26. Thanks for your like of my post on Biblical Voting Considerations; you are very kind.

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  27. I love the irony of the wise man.
    Great post.
    Thank you, Laleh.

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  28. sharia law
    the lions paw
    the thorn
    of sectarian
    be ya shia or sunni
    mohummaded or ali
    fatima be praised!

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  29. Your story makes clear that we can do more harm than good when enforcing our religious regulations. The message of love and forgiveness gets lost with each blow. Only fear remains.

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  30. The horrors that have been committed in the name of religions. There is a good moral to this story Laleh!

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  31. There are a lot of injustice in the world. It`s sad to think that your story is in fact a reality in some places. As humans we need to evolve and embrace love for each other. Love is the only thing that can help us.

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  32. In some parts of the world, such persecution still exists. Some people think they are spiritually better than others, claiming they are the gatekeeper of heaven.

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  33. Wisdom shines.
    Thank you Laleh.
    Keep well 💜

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  34. What a beautiful message. Very often when one tries to correct another with punishment, most of the time it is oppression and not an attempt to rectify that person.

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  35. People who use power thoughtlessly have no honour

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  36. This put me in mind of Christ’s response to the woman caught in adultery. “…they said to Him [Christ], ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?’ This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him…He…said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ …Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus…saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more’ ” (John 4-11). ❤

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  37. Live in faith. Show love. Walk the Talk. Hypocrisy has no place in our walk. Thanks for pointing that out!

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  38. Ah, an excellent response from the wise man. His response can be applied to so many situations in our world…

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