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“Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see – Egoism, Arrogance, Conceit, Selfishness, Greed, Lust, Intolerance, Anger, Lying, Cheating, Gossiping and Slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be ready to fight the enemy you can see.”

Al-Ghazali
Persian Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic.

Born in Mashhad, Iran

September 27, 1057

Died September 27, 1110

Welcome to Gabby’s, my friends.  A news release from FORBES which questions donations obtained through Trump sponsored golf tournaments and intended for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital caught my attention.  Donors were assured that all their money would go to St. Jude’s.  It seems that has not happened.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2017/06/06/how-donald-trump-shifted-kids-cancer-charity-money-into-his-business/#3673bb6b6b4a

We should no longer be surprised by Trump shenanigans.  However, we need to continually be disgusted by the avarice and greed of not only the Trumps, but many other wealthy and influential players in the realm of the world’s “elite”.

I use the above quote from a Persian mystic not necessarily to indict those of unbridled wealth in today’s world, although the descriptions are fitting, but to help us understand the traits (13 are enumerated) which drive these hoarders of the world’s wealth while much of humanity lives in poverty and oppression.

Another mystic, Jesus, said it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom.  Whether that brings comfort to a family of 4 trying to survive on minimum wage jobs is debatable, but perhaps we can find solace by envisioning Donald and Ivanka shopping the local thrift shop for their clothing,  eating many meals of beans and rice, and driving about in 20 year old Chevys.  I don’t know about you but that brings a smile to my face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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