One who passes his evenings and mornings in such a way that the world be his biggest concern, God ordains poverty between his two eyes and causes his affairs to become disjointed and dissipated, while he does not attain anything except what has been apportioned for him. And as for one who passes his evenings and mornings while his biggest concern and goal be the Hereafter, God puts contentment to his heart and gives a wholeness and unity to his affairs. – al-Imam al-Sadiq
In 1903 there were 307 varieties of corn, today we have about a dozen. Glass Gem, an ancient variety recently rediscovered reminds us about our past, our present and the uncertainty of our future.
Just seeing glass gem makes me wonder about the other 295 varieties we may never see or taste. Which leads to me think about the lost of variety in all our crops. A clear case for the importance crop bio-diversity and why we need to take it a bit more seriously.
As far back as I can remember I’ve only know corn to come in two colors, bright yellow and light yellow. It wasn’t until I became more food conscious that I saw my first heirloom corn, which had a dark-purplish color. But Glass Gem is something else altogether, it looks more like Skittles than corn on the cob.
You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Uqba bin Amr said to Hudhaifa (radi Allahu anhuma), “Won’t you relate to us of what you have heard from Rasul Allah?” He said, “I heard him saying, “When Ad-Dajjal appears, he will have fire and water along with him. What the people will consider as cold water, will be fire that will burn. So, if anyone of you comes across this, he should fall into the thing which will appear to him as fire, for in reality, it will be fresh cold water.” – Sahih Bukhari
Neo discovered the Matrix because he was seeking it’s secret. That’s what led him to Morpheus who began to teach him.