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Tehran's Subway: A Window Into Society?

Blogger Yadashthaye yek Golabi Divuneh (The Notes of a Crazy Pear) shares his observations about the behavior of some Iranians in the subway.

I took the subway for the first time in a long time yesterday. A look into our lives was clearly visible on the platform.

I don't know whether you've ever taken the subway in Tehran or not. Some of the passengers wait while standing on the platform for more than 30 minutes, throwing themselves into the subways ahead of everyone else when it arrives. I am not exaggerating, it's really true. The shouting and pushing begin until a couple of them get seats.

All those who get seats try to hide their victory laugh from everyone as if they have just won a fierce battle and can sleep like babies. It does not occur to them for even a second that they stood for half an hour to be seated in the subway for less than 20 minutes. This is exactly what some refer to as a lack of common sense, if not idiocy.

These stupid struggles and pushing present an image of those who strive to gain a better social status. All of those who are capable of doing almost anything to get what they want. All these things they do mean just one thing: a desire for power. Still, when they hide their smiles over such a stupid victory, no one could believe that they can be devoted to serve the people.

The similarity of such people with those in the subways is most obvious when they close their eyes and do not look at anything over a few steps away, as soon as they take their well-earned seats, when someone could be standing who deserves the seat more than they do.

But you who feel the pain of failure after all the struggle you go through, does it ever occur to you that you may earn yourself a couple of smiles and prayers once you offer your seat to someone who deserved it more than you did? At least you wouldn't be cursed at.

Given that these things have never occurred to you, at least do not take other people's seats forcefully. I know how much you would like to sit like you did yesterday, I know it feels great to dangle your legs once seated, I know...but all this is not worth pushing someone out of their seats. You are aware that he deserves it more than you do and that he is going to be seated at the end of the day.... One of the days to come, maybe even tomorrow.

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Persian Letters is a blog that offers a window into Iranian politics and society. Written primarily by Golnaz Esfandiari, Persian Letters brings you under-reported stories, insight and analysis, as well as guest Iranian bloggers -- from clerics, anarchists, feminists, Basij members, to bus drivers.


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