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09 June 2020


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Babak Makkinejad


The 3 Magi, as Christian Tradition goes, were present at the Birth of Jesus. Now Magi - from Mogh مغ - designated some sort of Iranic priest.

Salman the Persian is also reputed to have been a mogh before joining the Prophet of Islam as a trusted companion.

The Quran states very clearly: "God is the Light of Heavens and Earth..." - recapitulating the doctrine of immanence of God in the Universe in the non-material form of Light.

Babak Makkinejad


That was one of the major ideas of Suhrewardi, murdered for his ideas at age 38; that Zoroaster, Plato, Kay Khosrow and others were guardians as well as transmitters of an authentic Wisdom - Hikmat - which he called Perennial/Everlasting Wisdom.

His was a philosophy of Light.


A few days ago I whinged about the large numbers of foreign workers in medicine.
But -- in the past 2 years a surgeon from Ghana has performed four surgeries on my face. I admit to having been concerned when first I was assigned to this physician, but he demonstrated excellent skills as a surgeon and also as a healer: he made me feel like I was his most important patient. I soon came to realize that every person in his orb was treated with the same care and respect. I count him in my pantheon of Extremplary Human Beings.

After a brief conversation about his homeland, I did a bit of research and learned that Ghana is home to a robust industry in textiles and fashion design, part of the legacy of 18th and early 19th century German colonizers. Although Germans were expelled post-WWI, railroads they built are still useful today.

Ghana and, especially, neighboring Togo were major ports for export of slaves. To the best of my knowledge, German colonizers did not engage in slave trade; rather, they introduced alternative forms of commerce and prosperity-creation.

Those nasty Germans. Who woulda thunk. Not Maxine Waters, Pelosi, Schumer.

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