May 22, 2016

From Afghan Lord to Insatiable Quester

I finally decided to change my blog name from 'Afghan Lord' to 'Insatiable Quester.' I have blogged for almost 12 years under Afghan Lord. I recently realized that I have grown discomfort with the name. I chose it in 2004, back then, for some reason, I used to have a delusional conception of Afghan nationalism. In Afghanistan, the name 'Afghan' is associated with the dominant tribe, the Pashtun. Inside the country, we are all Hazaras, Tajiks, Pashtuns and Uzbeks. Though outside all citizens from Afghanistan are considered Afghan, inside the country, non-Pashtuns spurn the name.

Afghan kings and rulers tried to unite Afghanistan under one nationality, however, the notion of a nationhood or a sense of nationalism never took place to this day and it will never take root.

I personally realized that it I only carry the name, not the virtue, and not the spirit of what I once thought to be. Hazaras, the people to whom I belong are systematically discriminated against, looked at as second class citizens, and limited to resources. I have also thought that the previous name sounded too presumptuous and does not reflect my inner feelings at all. I am neither a lord, nor even close to be suitable for that name. I was born into a very poor farmer family that could hardly make ends meet.

Choosing a new title was difficult. I thought about it six months ago, but I was not sure to make any changes. We are all in quest of something in our lives. My quest has been in search of knowledge. Therefore, I thought the closest and meaningful name that I can use to continue blogging would be "Insatiable Quester."


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