Ahmadinejad: 'We are not in the race for development'
It was great to see the President of Iran's speech in the light of his cultural perspectives which came right around the same time as President Obama's much heralded speech regarding health-care. What a "coincidence" I say. President Ahmadinejad not surprisingly so, made his speech to announce how much "different" his nation was compared to the "west" which has now reached the pinnacle of our development. He is not about a "race for development" so he says. This speech definitely has undertones of nuclear talk all about it if you ask me. But even more relevant to my blog I like some other "cultural talk" that he spews forth:"In the western society, according to the theory of development, all efforts are aimed towards dominance of liberal democracy, establishment of free market economy, favoring moral relativism and the non-interference of moral values intro social relations," he continued. "This definition has a dark future, but all efforts are along this route."
Ahmadinejad, who is embarking on his second term in office, continued his critique of the western developmental theory, saying: "According to this theory, the US society has reached the peak of social development, and, to paint the world in their own shade, they have created various international bodies with their particular culture in mind and they try to sway the countries of the world to fall in line with them."
However, the president said, "It is evident that his theory has reached a dead end, and, even if we want to step along its path, this road will end in a precipice."(1 : a very steep or overhanging place 2 : a hazardous situation).source:(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precipice)
OK, so we are pretty sure that Iran's president is not on the road that the US is taking to anywhere, anytime, anyplace, ever. This is of course not exactly "new" information to anyone that is "informed" in international relations in this region. But, furthermore he goes on eloquently to say this: "He advised the professors that "We have no alternative except returning to ourselves, and the duty of the universities in Iran is to show us the specifications of our utopia and ideal society, so that all forces and potentials move in that direction, and so that we will have a society in possession of its own economy, culture, politics and art."
"Cunningly and intelligently, our enemies try to make us busy with small concerns, so that we do not think and achieve the great goals. "
Well, he does not elaborate on what his great goals are exactly, but who is to say really? Here is a guy that has thought patterns that are not in any way parallel to those of a "western" thought pattern. His cultural perspective is morally, spiritually, and definitely distinctly dissimilar than most of those that reside in the "west". So the question remains over and over again, how do human rights apply in this culture?