Me: Do you know anything about Cyrus?
Girl: Laughing, “NO one knows anything about Cyrus”
Me: *silently tells self not to blow up in rage*
Teacher: “Isn’t he from a movie? 300?”
Me: *silently tells self not to shoot anyone in the face*
Okay, lets start this out. I don’t usually rant, but I’m doing it, and you can read it if you want to. If not, keep scrolling. If someone comes from a background different from yours, please don’t insult their history. Especially when their history shaped your present day activities/language. Especially when people have been trying to alter their history for years, trying to make it look bad. Especially when you don’t know enough about the history in general to make a negative statement. If I didn’t go to a Catholic School, God knows what could’ve came out of mouth or the magnitude of force behind my fists to the girl who made such a statement. Degrading Cyrus in front of a Persian person is like telling an American that Thomas Jefferson doesn’t matter. Or like telling a British person that Queen Elizabeth I doesn’t matter. Of course, none of these examples can resemble how a great of a degree that Cyrus insult was.
Sure, Some of you may think I’m overreacting. But, I’m not. Why? Because Ancient Persia has been invaded by Greeks, Arabs, Mongols, and many more. All of them enslaving, raping, decapitating, stoning. All of them forcing their own religion through Perisan bodies with the point of a sword. All trying to change a language that contained no cuss words. All trying to change the alphabet because it didn’t match theirs. Did any of them try to compromise with Ancient Persia? No. Was there any ruler in ancient history, who tried to compromise with different languages and culture? Yes, the Persian king of kings, Cyrus the Great. Deserving to be called the Great, Cyrus created the first charter of human rights, the Cyrus Cylinder(No it wasn’t the Magna Carta). He freed the Jews from Babylon when they were being slaughtered, he allowed for gender equality(and we still have problems with gender equality today), created the first taxing system, he allowed NO slavery, created the first postal system(Royal Road), and the Jews referred to him as the Messiah. The fucking messiah. Do you know who else is called that? Jesus fucking Christ. Now, there are many, many, more accomplishments that Cyrus did, but here were just a few. If you have read this, you probably now understand why he was such an important guy. Can you think of any other ruler BEFORE him who established such laws?
If anyone didn’t know about Cyrus, especially the Persians, that would essentially mean that they didn’t know a specific part of their history. If someone doesn’t know their history, they don’t know who they are. If someone says, “No one knows anything about Cyrus” that means you’ve told me that Ancient Persia’s history is not that important and that you’d rather have that information swiped under rug so that information is never discovered. Persians have had to put up with this type of shit for ages. For example, you know why Iran is one of the only countries in the Middle East that isn’t Arabic? Because a man named Ferdowsi wrote an epic called the Shahnameh, that was entirely written in pure Parsi(not farsi, because when the arabs came they got rid of the P because they don’t have that letter in their language). By the way the Ferdowsi single handedly saved the written and oral language and history. The purpose of the longest epic ever written by a single poet was to prevent this history from being lost to future Persian generations. The Arabs cut off the tongues of the people who spoke Parsi. Did that scare Ferdowsi? No, because he knew we weren’t going to put up with their shit. Or how about how Greeks claim that the English word “Paradise” comes from the Greek word “Parádeisos.” Nope. The Greeks got it from the Persian word “پردیس” I know that some of you can’t read that, but it’s pronounced “Pear dees.” How about the concept of the Phoenix rising from its ashes? That’s not Greek, it is Persian. Or how about Christianity? That religion is based off Zoroastrianism, the first monotheistic religion that created the dualism of good and evil, heaven and hell, angels, and the concept of ONE God. Or how about the 18th century German Philosophers who compared the linguistics of Farsi and German and concluded that similar languages must equal similar heritage? So they concluded that if Iranians were Aryan that would mean they are too. This of course led to Hitler creating the Holocaust and saying that all Germans are Aryan and they have blonde hair, blue eyes, blah, blah, blah. The word Iran itself translates to “Land of the Aryans.” If someone ever asked me what I was, I could say Aryan. But of course they would think I’m racist because freaking Hitler ruined the term for Iran, Northern India, Kurdistan and other countries.
Persians are tough and resistant, they don’t give up. You trying to put me down by trying to erase my history? I will write and preach about the richness of my background until I lose my breath. It is not my fault that you were not as lucky to be born Persian.
So, when the girl laughed and said “NO one knows anything about Cyrus” all of this stuff was rolling through my head. Telling her off on the spot wouldn’t have solved anything, because I didn’t want to waste my time with someone who has a mind that is closed with a limited capacity. Then a guy says “Oh, Cyrus like in 300?” It’s like, are you fucking kidding me? 300 is a damn comic book. Are you actually going to believe Herodotus, also? He’s one of the first accounts of historic bias.
So, I’m still angry, but I just wanted to get that out. If you read all of this, congrats. You are smarter than you were before because schools don’t teach this information(even though Ancient Persia contributed so much to our present society). If you read this and already knew this information, then you are a blessing on this Earth.