I remember there was an old ruined mansion in Bushehr where people could pay a little amount to go inside. We visited the wrecked house a few times in my childhood. The story behind it was so sad but more importantly, a life lesson which was probably why they took us to the palace several times.

roof-540835_960_720The story goes that the owner was a very rich merchant who was a profligate spender to show off how wealthy he was. People used to say he lit his cigars with burning bills instead of matches in front of others and when big politicians came to Bushehr from the Capital Tehran, he lit candles with bills to show how powerful and rich he was.burning-money-2113914_960_720He used to serve tea in gold tea cups and eat in silver plates and dishes. He was never friendly with anyone and found it disgraceful to talk to the poor.pots-186553_960_720

Eventually, he lost everything, went bankrupt and died without a penny to leave for his children. The poor people who now lived in the mansion with no windows or doors and partially no roof and walls, were his grand children who owned the land. They lived very impoverish lives.person-1172018_960_720They survived with general labors and the money people paid to see the ruined house. They never talked to anyone, nor answered any questions.  It was obvious that they were so ashamed of their grandfather’s past.

My father said that no one ever offered them any jobs because their grandfather was so cruel to the town, and never respected anyone as he saw himself as a superior.

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  1. both were caught in the cycle…He didn’t talk to people neither did they…operating out of negativity is a high price to pay…His arrogance looked like their shame… I am not a slave to the past of my family… I have my own beginnings… thanks for sharing such a powerful lesson

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  2. Excellent post. It’s a shame that many in society never learned to help others with their means. Just imagine if this money and success could have been used to help build up others and help them to succeed.

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  3. Fascinating story, Laleh. Thank you.

    The town is so cruel to the grandchildren. But I guess that’s human nature sometimes. I’ve know families in the small town I grew up in who held grudges against another family for generations.

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  4. Hi Laleh, this is definitely a sad story, not so much as how the rich mogul ended up poor, but about how his grandchildren have been treated by the community….. the grudge/hatred still being displayed reeks of how our modern societies still maintain grudges/racial prejudices these days.

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  5. So many comments! I wanted to thank you for following my blog. It is an honor. May I ask how you found it, what led you to follow it, and do you bike? For me I’m trying to write my book four days a week and blog the other three, do biking so I have something to write about (biking can take 5-15 hours per week!), plus walking and yoga (1 hour per day total). Also have to live life and try to find work. I don’t know how people find the time to read everyone! But I thank you and hope to see your blog again soon.

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  6. Thank you for this story about a lesson of life. Being rich also seems like an exam, you can fail. One can miss dealing with wealth in the sense of humanity. Thank you for following my Mary-Blog. I follow your Blog with theses interesting stories about the Iranian culture. It is very important to hear about the different cultures. Love Susanne

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  7. WOW. That is an interesting back story. It’s very sad but you reap what you sow. It may not directly be you… someone you love may endure the agony to come. I hope their children break the cycle and turn their generational curse around.

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  8. This story would include nearly every rich person. I’m not saying they burn money to impress their friends but how many really talk to the poor? The only difference with this man is he lost everything while many others didn’t but their demeanor is the same.

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  9. This was very interesting. So sad though, suffering a punishment of a sin they didn’t even commit. But I’m thinking if they weren’t bankrupt would the children and grandchildren would be humble and not like the Grandfather? But we’ll never know.

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    The past casts shadows over the present
    Just as the present casts shadows over the future
    Everything in the one tapestry is interwoven
    The wise weaver will bear this fact in mind
    And so avoids the trap of uncaring isolation

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