It’s been a week and change since news broke that the U.S. and Iran — among other world powers — reached a temporary deal on Iran’s nuclear program. Of course, the moment the diplomats’ mics went dead was the same that those of the vast class of pundits lit up. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve heard every new opinion on the matter.
That’s precisely why author Ariel Dorfman suggests picking up a book of poetry by the Sufi master Rumi. Nearly eight centuries old, Rumi’s poetry offers a glimpse into the ideas that have helped shape Persian identity. It’s an anchor in a sea of conflicting headlines, and even more simply, it’s a work of such beauty that it transcends national borders.
Ariel explains better than I can:
"To read even a small selection of Rumi’s witty poems to his beloved can help shatter the blinding stereotypes that separate us from ordinary men and women in Tehran today.
… Dance with Rumi’s words and risk breaking yourself open. Then perhaps we’ll have brought some peace to the troubled souls of our vast and divided humanity.”
Read the rest here.
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