In Search of My God
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The Lost Generation
We dedicate this book to “The Lost Generation.”
The Lost Generation: a generation of children lost from the Zoroastrian community to other communities that welcome them with open arms. We must stop this loss and keep these children within our fold.
The article below was written in 1977, and addresses critical issues within the Zoroastrian community. Since the article was written, many organizations within the Zoroastrian community have addressed these issues and are doing tremendous work for the community. One such organization is FEZANA: theFederation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America.
However, in spite of the efforts made, we still deal with these issues. This is why we present this very relevant article today, so many, many years later.
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I am a Zoroastrian – but unfortunately know little or nothing about my religion. I know, as someone recently said by osmosis – from the conduct and general behavior of my parents and older relatives a sort of Code of Conduct. I can also pull out from the cobwebs of my memory, a phrase here and there, such as “I am a Zarthosti – I can’t do this” or “I am a Zarthosti – I’ve given my word and shall keep it”.
My children here know a little and my son, knows less. If then, this is the general condition then what is the difference between a Zoroastrian and anyone else. What if all the 85,000 Zoroastrians pass away and become just a pleasant memory – for the essence of what was a true Zarthosti is already all but gone and forgotten.
The Parsees, as I see them now, are empty shells. We have not even wept or shed a tear at the passing of the Zoroastrian flame within us and it confounds me that we lament at the thought of the anticipated passing away of the casket (and an empty one at that) and now even agitate ourselves to such great lengths as to how this immaterial object is to be disposed of.
There must be many with a son or daughter and even grandchildren abroad, doing well. But somewhere in the secret narrows of their heart, somehow a silent anguish lies, that for all intents and purposes, their children are lost as Zarthostis. Others with children right here, close to them, feel no different.
To these and others, who know more about our religion and our past, I direct my words. Turn around from looking at the dead. Look at the living – look at the wider scope of the future – look at the children and the young people – they are the wealth of the community – but without doubt, a Lost Generation.
I have no wish to raise a controversy – we are a great community, but our strength is tied up in controversies and dissipated by indifference. Can we not put all this in abeyance? Can they not wait? Surely, all our controversies together cannot weigh against the very future of our community. The young ones and children are the future and the wealth of our community, and therefore, a matter which concerns them should bind as well as touch everyone of us to the quick. The subject should unite the community and goad it to total action to save the young for the future.
The Lost Generation needs all our thoughts and care. The question of the hour is how to save its members? How to give them a sound knowledge of the Zoroastrian ethic? How to inculcate in them a pride in being a Zarthosti?
While I have said all this, I do understand this question must have come up before and many worthy men must have made an approach to solve it. But the problem still persists and a new dimension has been added by the great number of young people moving to far off countries.
Therefore, inspite of all that has been done, the problem is increasing and should occupy the thoughts and minds of our intellectuals, our elders and our community … or else, a time will come, when there will be none left to place in the Dokhma. The subject is worthy of the attention of the entire Zoroastrian community.
1st November, 1977