During my presidency, my parents used to live in their own house. It never
crossed anybody's mind - neither mine nor anyone else's - to take advantage of
my position as the president and renovate the house. There was a neighbor who
was then constructing a building which overlooked our yard. As a result, my
mother could no longer step in the yard without wearing a chador. Some of our
friends recommended that we ask the neighbor not to build such a tall building.
We took our friends' advice, but the neighbors would not listen! There was no
legal solution to that problem either, that is, the officials did not receive
enough complaints to force the neighbor to build a slightly shorter building.
Such events come as a source of delight and assurance for everyone in a country
and a government. Such events bear testimony to the fact that worldly positions
and financial means never cause individuals to regard themselves as distinct
from the general public, or that they are entitled to live in greater comfort.
* Related by the Supreme Leader in a visit to his father's house
in Mashhad on August 8, 1995