The next best move towards a more inclusive Iran and a more powerful Iran is to change the name of the country to Spiritual Republic of Iran.

جمهوری روحانی ایران

In 2003 I wrote an article with the same title (at the time I had not heard of Mr. Hassan Rouhani the current president of Iran). That article was posted on another website under their “peculiar” category!  I have no control over taking down that post. Now over a dozen years later when I googled my name today that article is one of the first thing that comes up about me. Back then I wrote that it’s my “calling” to mention this name change. What can I say?! I was younger then, used a different vocabulary. And now? Now I don’t think it’s all that important where the idea came from. It’s not important that it came from the fragments my imagination or directly from heaven as a divine calling. What’s important is the idea itself and the reason behind the name change.

It’s a simple and a logical solution to the challenges people face in Iran today. Conservative Muslims may point out that 98% of Iranians are Muslim. That’s correct and I’m not suggesting to change anything else in the constitution. But since there are other religious groups in Iran then the name of the country ought to reflect that fact.

Here is another reason for why I think this is a good middle ground meeting place. The conservative Muslims in Iran will still have that spiritual element in the name of the country and since the majority of the population are Muslim then the Islamic law will stay. On the other hand the secular Iranians will not get the change they want but they’ll see that there is some effort by the conservatives to try to be compassionate towards the secularists.

By the way I don’t think secularism in the United States, where I now live, is helping all that much to solve the social, political and environmental problems we face. We need stronger community and local governments and no I’m not an American Conservative but far from their core ideology of trickle down agenda/economics which translates to; Let the poor make it on their own or go hungry and homeless.

There is no hurry, the name will change organically at the right time. In fact to those Iranians who agree that the name change is a great idea I suggest not rush into it.