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Some things about what it was like to live in Iran under a religious dictatorship: 1) It felt normal. People had jobs, friends, school, etc
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
2) A minority bears most of the pain: most vulnerable and those who defend them, plus any journalists and intellectuals who are out of line.
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
3) Everyone else complains but considers action too extreme/risky/stupid. Sometimes commendable if done by someone other than them.
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
4) Journalists, filmmakers, & writers know where the lines are an stay within them. They are ok until they cross a line, then self correct.
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
5) A few who don't stay within the lines pay a high price. I It does not feel like a shot to the heart. It feels like suffocation.
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
6) Everyone else moves on with their lives, jobs, families, problems, vacations, etc. Humans adapt quickly.
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🏳️کیخون 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
funny you call that "normal", when many Iranian people wish for a normal life.
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
7) There is no ominous music playing in background in dictatorships. So if you in the US are waiting for a sign, there will be none.
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
8) It becomes harder and the risk gets higher the longer one waits before realizing something is not right. Because more people adapt.
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @Keykhoon
I know, I grew up there. Life went on. We were not depressed 24/7. I had the best years of my life in High school there.
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @Keykhoon
and my friends and human rights activists spend 5,9,10 years in prison. I know.
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
9) Still, people are brave and resilient everywhere. And America still has a system that can get us through this if we do the work.
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Rachel Shadoan 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
Is it okay if I storify and share this?
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @RachelShadoan
of course
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Richard Ito 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
what is the work? What can ordinary citizens do?
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @rich_ito
I am choosing to 1) meet w likeminded friends & plan 2) donate to important causes 3) learn/educate 4) help political campaigns
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @L0uisCouture
I know what it is and what it is not. I spent 20 years there.
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Roja 13 Nov 16
well yes that was a different story. I did fall into depression after 1388. And I was in the US.
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Jared Sinclair 13 Nov 16
Replying to @morningRoja
How do you deal with the sense of suffocating panic? How do you stay angry without losing your mind?
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Roja 13 Nov 16
Replying to @jaredsinclair
anger and anxiety are not necessities. Instead anticipate and prepare for various things that can happen and plan to act.
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