Can The Arabs Ever Learn From Ukraine? Reply

The Ukrainian Peace Deal

Can The Arabs Learn From Ukraine? Now also from Venezuela?

To pulling out from the precipice just in time for the sake of the Nation???

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(Reuters) – A breakthrough peace deal for Ukraine halted two days of violence that had turned the center of the capital into a war zone and killed 77 people, bringing sweeping political change that met many demands of the pro-European opposition.

Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich agreed to give up powers, hold early elections and form a government of national unity. Parliament voted for changes to the legal code that could see the release of Yanukovich’s jailed rival, opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

By nightfall, opposition leaders who signed the deal were addressing peaceful crowds from a stage in Independence Square, which for the previous 48 hours had been an inferno of blazing barricades and protesters were shot dead by police snipers.

Although the flames were out, the crowd was still defiant, holding aloft open coffins of slain demonstrators and making speeches denouncing the opposition leaders for shaking hands with Yanukovich.

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Sad what is now happening in Egypt – used to be the leading Arab Nation now reduced to discord, splits and divisions! So are the Arab Nations – others and even those that went through the Arab Spring Revolutions! Like Libya, Yemen etc!

When we Arabs will ever learn? Until it is too late for everyone?

Like George Bernard Shaw said it – or words to similar effect – Islam is the best religion in the world – but its people are the worst!

Leading Islamic Nations instead of uniting  all us and for the sake of our Islam are fighting proxy wars – and causing more harm, decay, havoc and disasters to others! :(!

Very sad and tragic!

May The Good Lord Protect and Preserve us from his anger and fury! Amin Amen

Take Care!

Majid Al Suleimany

With sincere due apologies …!!

Corruption? – Nigerian Central Bank Scandal? Reply

Talking of Corruption??

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I have covered this particular topic widely and intensively in my columns – See some examples below! –

Nigeria – President Goodluck Jonathan accused internationally respected career banker Lamido Sanusi of “financial recklessness and misconduct,” and officially suspended him just days before the governor reportedly planned on stepping aside.

The West African nation’s naira currency immediately weakened in response.

Last year Sanusi reported that $50 billion worth of oil sold by the state’s Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. had not been paid to the government. The Senate Committee on Finance last week ordered an independent forensic audit into the missing money, now said to amount to about $20 billion. The Finance Ministry said missing receipts recovered in an audit accounted for the rest of the missing money

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ap/ap/labor/nigerian-president-suspends-central-bank-chief/ndWB2/

Full Story Above!

Read about corruption articles here at www.majidwrite.com and www.majidall.com

Points to Ponder!!

Does The State have a right to name our own children? 2

Does The State have a right to name our own children?

I would say a definitive, emphatic and affirmative yes – but sense and sensibility need to prevail also! Though I  think it is Shakespeare that had said a rose named by any other name would smell just as sweet! Of course with the Cynics adding ‘mind the thorns’!

If I wanted to name my son as Cheetah, Tiger or Lion in East Africa they would look me up in my face and ask me to have my head examined! But yet I have a son named as Fahad (Cheetah) because a great king had the same name!

Recently my son tried to name his newly born daughter as SIBEL – which has meaning of something like rain drops before it hits the ground – and so many other varied meanings – like Oracle, Prophetess etc – but all good and nothing bad in reality! It is also a common name in Turkey after a famous actress! Sebil Kekilli, Sebil Redzip – Muslim Turkish names!  In France it carries the connotation as ‘ so beautiful1’.

See Images below – Grandfather and Granddaughter (unnamed!) – Sibel (Turkey) – and Baby Sibel!

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His application has been turned down flatly and continuously as he goes up undefeated and determined  – even though the name is ‘in the acceptable names dictionary list’! Even after formed a committee to study the name! Like in most committees if you make annoyance in the beginning of your application – and especially to the influential person in the committee – who will see that his view reigns supreme!

These kind of ‘red tape and bureaucracy’ still irks and upset people very much  – despite all the changes being propagated and in modern tools and apparatuses! Our public officials will not change – it is in-built in them as ‘part and parcel’ of what they really are – and will not change!

For me personally I prefer respect and esteem than building big infrastructures etc – whilst the things in the public offices have simply not changed! But if these things can happen to even the highest public institutions in the country that should lead by real examples more than rather preach and rhetoric – I simply ask the favourite question like in my columns – what else is new?

May God Help and Direct us all into the right path and direction always – Ameen – Amen

Take Care!

Majid Al Suleimany

 

 

 

Child Euthanasia! What is the world now coming to? Reply

Child Euthanasia! What is the world now coming to?

Now in our advancement, modernity, being fashionable and in being broad mindedness – we are looking for ‘legal methods and ways’ to kill our terminally sick suffering children! Soon the rest of us will copy and emulate – as in our Hadith – Islamic Teachings – ‘like following that lizard that went into a crevice’!

The sad bitter truth of the world now is people taking over ‘illegally’ and calling themselves legal – and those that were legal being branded as illegal! The Chinese have a saying – If you dig a grave for your enemy, dig two graves – and keep one for yourself! The East Africans also say – Those that dig a well will have to enter into it themselves! All metaphors and sayings that have great sense and meaning!

God Protect and Preserve us all from His Anger – Amin Amen!

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Child Euthanasia – Press Coverage

Google for more details and information!

Belgian politicians have decided that terminally ill children suffering immense pain have the right to die. 

It’s all over but the final voting in Belgium as the Parliament agrees across party lines that doctors should be able to euthanize children.

In the wake of several months of testimony from doctors and experts in medical ethics, a Belgian Senate committee will on June 12 examine the possible extension of the country’s euthanasia law to include children. 

“On both sides of the linguistic border, liberals and socialists appear to agree on the fact that age should not be regarded as a decisive criteria in the event of a request for euthanasia, ”De Morgen. They want doctors to decide on a minor’s capacity for discernment on a case by case basis.

Treating a child like a sick horse is what passes for “compassion” these days

The Belgian Federal Parliament is reportedly about to expand its controversial “right to die” policies to include access to euthanasia for some gravely ill children.

A consensus among members of the legislative body has reportedly formed in support of legislation to allow children to choose to undergo euthanasia in certain dire cases, according to a report in the Belgian daily newspaper Der Morgen, as translated by the Paris-based news agency

If child euthanasia is legalized in Belgium, the country would become the first in the developed world to have a law on the books allowing the practice, although the Netherlands has since 2005 not prosecuted doctors who perform euthanasia on some minors as long as the doctors act in accordance with a set of medical guidelines dubbed the Groningen Protocol

Belgium became the second country in the world after the Netherlands to legalize euthanasia in 2002, but the statute currently extends only to people 18 or older

Sorry for a morbid depressing article!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany – Muscat – Oman – February 14th 2014

 

Images below for demonstration purposes only!

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My Oman FM Radio Live Interview! Reply

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Please go here to hear the full audio 60 minutes!

http://myownmajid.com/2014/02/08/my-own-fm-radio-interview/

 Go here – you will find the link inside! Double click to save or run the audio (60 minutes). Tell me what you think!

Best Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

Explaining Death To The Children! Reply

Explaining Death To Children!

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 This week a relative lady had died due to breast cancer case. Before the funeral – all the male were gathered in one house – and the ladies in another house where the dead person lay before the funeral wash and abolution. Both the houses were in the same street and belonging to the different brothers in the family.

As I was going to the toilet nearing departure to the Masjid time – I saw these two boys watching cartoons in television – with a loud voice on! So I asked the one holding the remote ‘why did you put the television on when you know that your grandmother had just died?’

His answer shook me to pieces – he hardly 5 years old told me – no we were told our grandmother was very sick and is in hospital – and the people are now leaving to go to the hospital! The children were in the men’s house! So I asked if ‘they were allowed to watch television because the men were leaving the house now? He looked at me as if I had asked him a silly stupid question!

I can only presume that their parents were so busy with the funeral arrangements to have time to sit and discuss about the death of their grandmother to them!

Frankly speaking, this week too I had a live Oman FM Radio interview with the subject of ‘Embedding The Habit of Reading To Children’ as the subject matter! In it I had talked about families disintegrating and the children being looked by housemaids – whilst the father and the mother were all trying to make more and more money – and not taking caring and paying attention to the children as they were required to – by mentoring, coaching and ‘leading by example’. My actual words were – What is the point of having so much more money – when the family is disintegrating in front  of your very eyes? See the article here! Also here and also at   http://majidall.com/2014/02/05/my-oman-fm-radio-interview/

I remember when our grandfather died no one had spoken to us about all the havoc and crying and what was going on. So we were taken to a neighbour’s house and there we did not think it as outward or weird to play football – whilst they were making the body of our grandfather ready for burial. Even as a teenager we did not know what to do when our baby sister died as at three months old – she was born of poor health and hardly cried till the last one day of her death!

Parents underestimate children and what knowledge they have on death – which can shock you quite a lot! Give them due credit – especially the children now of late! They have seen birds, cats, dogs etc die – some unfortunate even in fatalistic accidents – www.bethesafedriver.com

The tendency is to cover and protect the children from a ‘morbid and scary subject’ – but the outcome and repercussions are too scary and horrendous even to imagine! What kind of future will they have with their offsprings if they are not to be made to feel and have feelings – and to be made aware of death – and that death will come to all of us one day! Only we do not know our time – and how we will die!

This is a widely covered subject in the Internet – and there are many websites in the Internet to guide us – see below – but the best book is our Holy Quran (Gospel, Torah etc) and the Islamic Hadith too – and like I said in my interview to spend ‘more quality time with the children – and in leading by example!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

 

 Various Websites – including The Holy Quran, The Hadith, Bukhari, Moslem etc –

http://www.hospicenet.org/html/talking.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_2060034_explain-death-young-child.html

http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/death.html

http://www.pedsforparents.com/articles/3066.shtml

http://www.babble.com/kid/explaining-death-to-kids-coping-with-loss-grief-counseling/

Many books in www.amazon.com etc

Why I am quitting writing now! Reply

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Explaining Why! Please Do Not Stop Writing!

This week was very hectic and traumatic with very emotional painful and exhaustive exchanges between me and an ex boss in PDO! The irony was he had never been a direct formal boss to me in any aspects – but was instrumental in causing dent to my career – whether by his own volition or by instructions from higher up!

My mistake was copying him amongst my other ‘friends’ an email protest type to one local English daily. In a response he curtly said to me – Quote –

Majid,

Two things.

1. Avoid criticising others unnecessarily. 2. Avoid GLORIFYING yourself excessively.

That is the secret of success.

Unquote.

From the goodness of his heart – he copied this email to ALL on the list. I had addressed this direct to The Editor – and my inadvertent stupidity in including him in the copy circulation list! And giving him that opportunity any person like he was would not let go away!

Not to bore you with more sordid details, but there was a reaction from my two strongest supporters after bitter rancorous hard hitting exchanges with him. He later tacitly apologised – but asked me to take him out from my mailing list – which I was now most inclined to do anyway without any further prompt from him.

A         Response verbatim from one addressed to someone he knows well in PDO – and copied to me – Quote –

Dear Ustaadh xxx and after compliments 

In the name of Allah – With due respects Sir –  

A friend had forwarded me the not necessary response that this guy YYYYY has sent to Ami Majid. Unfortunately, people miss the very important thing that this man is highly appreciated and followed by many young Omanis as one lone voice that really cares and feels for us! 

He is one of the few that took great risks and dangers to himself even harm when even in PDO and he suffered a lot life later on because of his stand on things and everyone.

 It is very sad and tragic that you his so-called friends treat him like this and I can only assume an element of jealousy and envy – perhaps because of his popularity. You have hurt him so much and now he has decided to stop writing his websites and columns. 

Only time will tell the repercussions in the future and please accept my sincere apologies for this email. Forgive my English also Sir. 

Allah protect and preserve our country from all things bad inside and outside Ameen – Unquote!

B         Response verbatim from Number Two Responder – Quote

Dear Majid 

If you want my personal advice and sent in good faith please keep away from all these people ex PDO especially because you cannot remove the hypocrisies and double standards within them.  

It will not surprise me and from seeing some of the names that they will be communicating to each other and laughing and sneering you behind your back. This is how they are and will always be! Some of them even got later in life great personal tragedies and woes in their lives and in their families but they will never learn! 

Keep away from them and even stop writing even. This is a lost cause beyond redemption and only time will tell! So please keep away! All of them combined cannot even be 20% of what you are as Majid. 

I will always pray for you and your family Amin 

Unquote.

And finally to those that finally killed my columns – I said to them –

Quote –

I see that ZZZ (expatriate person) has now taken over my columns! It will not surprise me that you will be paying him even 3 or 4 times my rate – but that is how things are nowadays! So it is not surprising to me at all. Take care and all the best! – Unquote!

Now you know why I am giving writing in this website low priority from now onwards! It was good whilst it lasted – but everything 9good) has to end one day!

Wishing you all the best!

Citizen Majid bin Said bin Nasser Al Suleimany

January 31st 2014.

 N.B.

Dr. Seuss Sayings!

  • Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened!
  • Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind!
  • A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out!

History repeats itself because man is incapable of learning from experiences!George Bernard Shaw

Please also read this below – which can explain a lot of things on the above Post!

https://majidsn.com/as-to-why-i-had-left-my-last-oil-company-loc/

Brain drain could end up doing irreversible damage! By Saleh Al Shaibany Reply

Saleh Al Shaibany

http://www.timesofoman.com/News/Article-28760.aspx  

Brain drain could end up doing irreversible damage

Sunday Beat – By Saleh Al Shaibany – Times of Oman – January 26th 2014

Muscat: The depressing reality is that Oman is beginning     to witness its human capital transferring to other countries for the simple     reason that the Sultanate cannot anymore satisfy the higher wages that its     skilled workers demand.

Talented local workers with years of experience are looking for better paid jobs abroad leaving the country in a brain drain zone. The gap they leave behind cannot be filled by graduates. The human flight can do an irreversible damage on a long-term basis if employers continue to pay low wages to its most experienced Omani staff.

And the problem is deeper than that. Oman is also losing its new talents as well for greener pastures.

With the government investing so much money in education and vocational training, the job opportunities need to match the  college and university leaving students’ expectations for wages. For the record, the Ministry of Finance has allocated OMR2.6 billion for education this year, twice the budget allocated for the same sector last year. The huge capital investment will need to translate into better paid jobs if we have to keep young talents right here at home.

Most of the Omanis who are leaving are emigrating to other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the prime targets are the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. That means that we are losing professionals and skilled workers that the government has paid millions at different levels of training and education. The areas in which we now face the brain drain are in Information Technology (IT), medicine, the financial sector  and academia. In a fledgling economy like Oman, we cannot leave talent gaps and then hope that things will remain alright. Employers must match the wages paid by our neighbours instead of hoping that someone from abroad will fill these positions when Omanis vacate them. For that to happen, attitudes must also change.

Top on the list is trusting local skills. Oman has     become so dependent on importing talent and the mind set is now embedded deep among the employers that only foreign workers can do a better job.     These employers are now being proved pleasantly wrong. While we shun our own skills, the GCC states hold these in high esteem and companies there     start to poach Omani talents. So where does it leave the huge effort of the     government which is spending about OMR4 billion a year on projects, trade     subsidies and education to inject funds in the private sector? Yes, it does     create jobs but now Omanis want to be paid enough to compensate for their talents.

It took 40 years to create a powerhouse of local skills. The ammunition of that powerhouse is better financial packages. Omani managers know that they are worth much more across the border than here.

In the UAE or in Qatar, a senior IT manager with 10 to 15 years of experience gets a monthly package of around OMR7,000. Here, they only get paid about OMR3,500. New doctors get a maximum of OMR700 per month in the Sultanate. They would get paid about OMR2,500 when they land     jobs in those two countries. One would say it is not exactly patriotism to abandon one’s country in its moment of need but better standard of living     is what drives people these days.

The funny thing is that 20 years ago, Oman barely had any experienced and skilled people to work in the high profile jobs in the private sector. It was natural to import these talents from different countries to push the wheel of development forward. It is a different scenario now. We have the right people now but we are beginning to export local talents when it is mostly needed here. The trend is threatening to wipe out any advancement we made in the last two decades in the build up of skilled workforce.  The result, if we don’t watch out, is the loss of senior managers to foreign bidders and that will give the Omanisation process a severe knock.

It goes without saying that to continue to compete on the global basis, Oman must invest on its local workers by paying them much more than the present wage scales if it wants to retain its skills.

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We are not stupid, Sir! Reply

From A Fan! We are not stupid, Sir!

Please Keep Your Head High, Sir!

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Yesterday night a group of us good getting together friends were having a meal at this Arabian Restaurant in Ghobrah and the subject starting moved to your columns articles. And your call about more Omanis to be needed represented in the especially English press and media as it is now being controlling and dominated by Indian people mainly and also some British peoples.

You also called for more stronger quality powering Omani Managers in the Press and media. Believe me Sir that people mistake us to be not knowing and not smart people and they can fool and play with us. But if they cannot learn than they will never learn in future. We are not stupid peoples. We aware and knowing too.

So Ustaadh please rest now. You have said it but they ignore you and not listen. You have done your job and duty as few Omanis that really care and feel. You take rest because you are now done and take rest Sir. Look after family only now.

Like you always tell us to take care! Ever admirer and fan to you Sir. We will never forget you till end of us.

Please forgive my English.

Omani (Youth) Fan…

The Arab Management Books by Majid Al Suleimany

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Returning To The Right Path! Reply

Return To The Right Path and Ways Now!

Before it is too late for you!

An Open Message To Those That Use Others To Kill, Maim and Destroy!

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Images – Orphans of The Sahara

I was watching this documentary – Orphans of The Sahara – see my article here – https://majidsn.com/2014/01/11/orphans-of-the-sahara/ – and it made me realise that the world is full of problems that left unsolved would come to haunt and torture us in the future! I similarly believe that the unjustified invasion of Iraq under guise of WMDs and Israeli intransigence are the main causes of what the world is today – a dangerous world – full of calamities, destruction, havoc, miseries, decadence and malaise! Full of hatreds, animosities, divisions and splits amongst peoples – and even within some of the countries too!

We will all die one day – as did Sharon – https://majidsn.com/2014/01/15/sharons-legacy-only-death-is-irreversible/ – and before we meet our Maker – and The Punishment on Earth, The Grave and Eternal Hell Fire! We will leave the world empty handed just like we came – see Alexander’s Three Wishes below! No one is going to stay in this world for ever – however powerful and great that you think yourself to be!

Read this one too – http://majidall.com/2011/12/09/why-do-we-do-all-these-things-to-each-other-now/

Read also Why I Like Oman Foreign Policies here! http://majidall.com/?s=why+i+like

The problems that we are facing in the world today is people thinking they are always right, correct and ethical – and others are not. And twisted ironies where legal becomes illegal – and illegal becomes legal by use of force, torture, victimisation – and blind support from bigger more powerful forces – who should know better and are acting against the very principles, ethics and focuses that they really and originally stood for – in order to achieve quick short term personal and selfish interests!

And shouting Wolf – Fire – in order to scare and frighten people to think and act like them! Or to heed their calls! It is, therefore, very important for us especially The Believers – even if in vain and name only! – to return to the Right Path and Ways – before it is too late for you!

The Religious Leaders, Elders and Heads need to do more to bring people in together – instead of dividing peoples and nations! Lead by examples, deeds and actions – by ethics and principles – and how to behave and interact with others in life – knowing we will all die one day – and held responsible for our actions – and inactions too!

May The Good Lord Have Mercy and Compassion on us – and Guide us back to the right fold and ways – Amin Amen

Sayings – Return To The Right Path (and Ways) 

  • Abu Bakrah (R.A.) narrated “I heard Allah’s Messenger (SAW) saying, When two Muslims fight (meet) each other with      their swords, both the murderer as well as the murdered will go to      Hell-fire.”  I said, “O Allah’s      Messenger!. It is all right for the murderer but what about the murdered      one?  Allah’s Messenger replied, “He surely had the intention to kill his companion – Bukhari, Vol. 1, Hadith 30
  • Help one another in righteousness and piety, but help not one another in sin and rancor: Fear Allah for Allah’s strict in      punishment – ReligiousThe Holy Quran 5:2
  • The      Believers are but a single Brotherhood: so make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah that you may receive Mercy – The Holy Quran –      49:10
  • If one of you sees something wrong, let him change it with his own hand; if he cannot, then raise voice and speak out against      it; if he cannot do even that, then dislike or hate it in your heart, but hat is the lowest degree of faith – Religious – The Islamic Hadith
  • Nations are about to falter on you(Muslims) from every horizon as crumbling eaters on the bowl, we say: are we few that      day? Said: No, you are many that day, but you scum as scum stream, and God      will tend your prestige from the hearts of your enemy; and make weakness in your health, it was said: what is weakness? Love life and hate death – Prophet Muhammad SAW
  • The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people – Napoleon
  • The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit      down and talk – Dalai Lama
  • If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have  to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner – Nelson Mandela
  • The significant problems we face today cannot besolved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. – Albert Einstein
  • Avoiding a problem doesn’t solve it. – Bonnie Jean Thornley
  • The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.  – Alan Saporta
  • Successful people are simply people who learn to solve their problems… they are not people without problems. – Anonymous
  • Treat  others as you want them to treat you because what goes around; comes      around! – Arthur Wing Pinero
  • O ye who believe! Be steadfast in the cause of Allah, bearing witness in equity: and let not a people’s enmity incite you      to act otherwise than with justice. Be always just, that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah, Surely Allah is aware of what you do – The Holy Quran – Ch.5: V.9
  • The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts – Bertrand Russell
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong – Mahatma Ghandi
  • You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can in the end be no peace – Max Lerner – American Journalist and Educator
  • The tragedy is that the so-called civilized men and nations conduct themselves      as if the basis of society was violence! – Ghandi
  • The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make      the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent – and that is power. Because they control the minds of the masses – Malcolm X
  • The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems – Mahatma Ghandi
  • You are the best community ever brought forth for mankind (in that) you command the proper and forbid the improper and believe in God – The Holy Quran 3:110
  • Until the lions have their own historians,  the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter! – Chinua Achebe Late
  • We can learn even from our      enemies.  – Ovid
  • Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care; and the other twenty percent are glad      you have them. – Lou Holtz
  • At times one remains faithfulto a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.  – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • If my brother fights my brother – I will try to bring them together – and not      get involved. But if my brother fights my cousin – I will support my      brother. But if my cousin fights someone else – I will support my cousin!      – Arabian
  • Be courteous to the person going up; because you will meet him coming down! –      East African

The Three Final Wishes of Alexander the Great Alexander

Alexander was a great Greek king. As a military commander, he was undefeated and the most successful throughout history. On his way home from conquering many countries, he came down with an illness. At that moment, his captured territories, powerful army, sharp swords, and wealth all had no meaning to him. He realized that death would soon arrive and he would be unable to return to his homeland. He told his officers: “I will soon leave this world. I have three final wishes. You need to carry out what I tell you.” His generals, in tears, agreed.

“My first wish is to have my physician bring my coffin home alone. After a gasping for air, Alexander continued: “My second wish is scatter the gold, silver, and gems from my treasure-house along the path to the tomb when you ship my coffin to the grave.” After wrapping in a woolen blanket and resting for a while, he said: “My final wish it to put my hands outside the coffin.” People surrounding him all were very curious, but no one dare to ask the reason. Alexander’s most favored general kissed his hand and asked: “My Majesty, We will follow your instruction. But can you tell us why you want us to do it this way?”

After taking a deep breath, Alexander said: “I want everyone to understand the three lessons I have learned. To let my physician carry my coffin alone is to let people realize that a physician cannot really cure people’s illness. Especially when they face death, the physicians are powerless. I hope people will learn to treasure their lives. My second wish is to tell people not to be like me in pursuing wealth. I spent my whole life pursuing wealth, but I was wasting my time most of the time. My third wish to let people understand that I came to this world in empty hands and I will leave this world also in empty hands.” he closed his eyes after finished talking and stopped breathing.

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