“He who is conceited cheats himself.”
A quote from my grandfather Yervant, a truly magnificent spirit in all his splendor. He came to this country in 1920 to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the first ever Armenian-Syrian to do so, but was unable to stay due to troubles at home. I dedicate my pursuit of life’s wonder to him, from whom I have inherited this deeply embedded ambition.
Searching for the inner me. Almost there. Praying, at least, that I am almost there. I can smell it, in the air. Really.
America should not invade countries.
America should not support criminals and non-democratic nations.
America should not meddle in the affairs of other countries.
America should not strip human beings of their right to self-determination, national sovereignty, and autonomy.
America should assess its self and recognize its foreign policies as major contributors and causes of anti-americanism, anti-westernism, and other manifestations of ideological fanaticism and political violence.
America should renounce right-wing extremism and embrace liberal, individualistic, genuine western values.
Sometimes we forget the horrors of slavery. We forget the horrors of our own suffering. I remember though. I remember very well. Now even, I fear it. I want my truth. I want my freedom, Lord.