If you watched the film from Iran "The Separation," you probably got it that in many ways that nation is where America was in the 50s. Family values rule. They so tether children with aging parents that it doesn't dawn on them to live their own lives. It was through the counterculture that we broke away from that.
Recently I spoke with women from Iran who had been living in the U.S. for awhile. They see Iran in transition but a very slow one. It could be decades before the masses will come to a sense of individualism or as we said during the counterculture "doing your own thing." Another similarity between the two nations is that both have embraced higher education and both have so many with university degrees who cannot get jobs. The women from Iran summed it up as, "Most nations are suffering greatly."