The test of time
If you've ever taken the time to hear someone's story, you'll find it as interesting as any bestseller. We all have our trials, triumphs and regrets, and while we aren't the chosen few who were first to touch the moon or discover distant lands, our stories are inherently fascinating for one reason – they're about people struggling to find their place, be it in family, society or culture.
They say history is written by the victors, but in the age of social media, it is more often trolls and click-baiters looking for their fifteen minutes. One such recent meme plays on a cultural and temporal displacement of beauty, reducing the individual's life to a mere laugh for simpler folk.
The reality is that she was a born leader and in her time – "There are instances of her using her influence with her father [the king]... Like other royal women at her father’s court, Esmat appeared to be a competent woman with a fair amount of agency."
The generic nature of the meme also obscures the achievements of another:
"Taj was a feminist and a nationalist who supported a cultural and constitutional revolution in Persia... [and] articulated some of the most eloquent arguments put forward by women for unveiling as a first necessary step toward women’s participation in education, paid work, and progress of the nation."
In this context, it is only of pure ignorance that we disrespect the greatness of others lost in time – everyone has a story... will yours survive?