3 years ago, I left England and headed to Iran. The purpose of my trip was simple: to see the beauty of Persian ceramics in their place of origin and to indulge my passion for religious architecture. I visited as many mosques as I could, and every door was open to me. I’ve never seen such beauty before (or since) or felt such warmth. Unexpectedly, this trip changed my life. I learnt to disconnect politics and civil society in a way I hadn’t previously, and to delve deeper into human connections, free of statistics, labels and media, and focus on what is truly important (an ongoing endeavour): our interconnected existence.