Note from the editor: This is a repost of an article contributor Bahram Nadimi wrote on the five year anniversary of the arrest of the Yaran—the seven person guiding council of the Bahá’ís of Iran. This is now the seventh anniversary of their arrest. They are still imprisoned with no expectation of release.
I love science fiction. A few friends and I recently finished watching the highly acclaimed Babylon 5 science fiction TV series. I have been thinking about one of my favorite episodes called: “Here comes the Inquisitor”, in which an inquisitor called Sebastian is summoned to determine if two of the main characters, Delenn and Sheridan, are ready for the challenges ahead. In a cold and dark dungeon, Sebastian interrogates the beaten and chained Delenn and Sheridan, trying to get to the heart of their motives by asking the same question over and over again “Who are you?
During Sheridan’s violent interrogation, Delenn comes to the his defense and says “Your quarrel is with me…if you want to take someone, then take me.”
Sebastian replies: “You would trade your life for his? I thought you had a destiny! Is that destiny not worth one life?…No Glory. No fame. No armies or cities to celebrate your name. You will die alone unremarked and forgotten…”
Delenn then says: “If I fall, another will take my place, and another, and another….Life is my cause. One life or a billion, they are all the same … this body is a shell, you cannot harm me. I am not afraid.”
Stunned and surprised Sebastian says: “How do you tell the chosen ones? ‘No greater love hath a man than he lay his life for his brother’ for one person in the dark, where no one will ever know, or see…I have for centuries been looking for you: Diogenes and his lamp looking for an honest man willing to die for all the wrong reasons…When the darkness comes, know this: You are the right people, in the right place at the right time.”
This brings me to the subject of this blog: Do we have invisible heroes now in real life, or is it just reserved for fiction fantasy?
If we look hard enough we will find countless souls who have quietly sacrificed their lives for and out of Love. Here is a story of seven of these invisible heroes. …