Prince Gharios El Chemor honored by the State of Arkansas

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Certificate of Arkansas’ Goodwill Ambassador signed by the Governor and the Secretary of State

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII was honored by the Great State of Arkansas with the honorary title of “Arkansas Traveler” which is the name given to the official Goodwill Ambassadorship of the State.  The beautiful certificate was signed by the Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Secretary of State Mark Martin. The title is the highest honor given to a person not currently living in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Traveler story is connected to Colonel Sanford C. “Sandy” Faulkner, who was very active in Arkansas politics. He was also involved in banking and farming during the 19th century. As oral history has relayed it, Faulkner had gotten lost in the Ozarks during one of his many political campaigns. Looking for a place to stay overnight, Faulkner wandered by a small, log cabin where he was given lodging and hospitality. Faulkner, who was known for retelling of the event, explained that the settler was at first bad tempered and uncommunicative but became more welcoming when Faulkner proved able to complete playing the tune that the settler had been playing on the fiddle. Faulkner’s story of the “Arkansas Traveler” rapidly became part of the state’s folklore.

The award was approved in a resolution by the Arkansas Legislature. The award was created in early 1941 with the first certificate granted May 20, 1941, to President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Some notable recipients are: US Presidents Franklin D. RooseveltRonald Reagan and Donald Trump. Poet Maya Angelou, Boxer Muhammad Ali, entertainers Garth BrooksBob Hope, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, entrepreneur Steve Forbes, Evangelist Billy Graham, etc.

 

 

Royal House of Ghassan appears on Lebanese TV

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Today, the president of the Lebanese branch of the Royal House of Ghassan, Sheikh Dr. Elie Gharios was interviewed by Mariam TV. He spoke about the charitable and cultural projects of the Royal House not only in Lebanon but in three continents.

Mariam TV” is a satellite channel from Tele Lumiere. It is a live tribune that transmits the voice of women to the whole world and encourages the development of societies. It’s devoted to broadcasting programs that raise awareness and spread education. It is called “Mariam” since “Mariam”, the Holy Mother of God and the Divine Mercy on earth, gathers around her Christians and Muslims.

Member of Lebanese Parliament joins the Royal House of Ghassan

Dr. Naji Gharios, MD, Member of the Lebanese Parliament and close ally of the President Michel Aoun just joined the International Board of the Royal House of Ghassan (in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC). Dr. Naji is cousin of Prince Gharios El Chemor and of Dr. Elie Gharios, the International Vice-President of Operations and the Executive President of the Royal House of Ghassan Lebanese branch. Dr. Naji also has received the Order of Saint Michael Archangel.

 

What’s the problem with mankind?

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From the ancient Chinese philosophical principle of “Yin-Yang” we learn that everything has its positive and negative aspect. Electricity, and therefore the reading of this article, wouldn’t be possible without the positive and negative poles.

You don’t need much investigation to perceive the negative side of mankind. Just a quick look in the world news gives us a very dark diagnosis about it. In other words, what’s bad about mankind is really bad. However, although not very much announced, what’s good about mankind is really good. I still choke every time I remember reading about this American teenager that had cancer and had to shave his head. His classmates decided that the whole class should do the same. What a beautiful demonstration of solidarity! I’m sure the event was not as much covered than the beheadings of the Islamic State. “A falling tree makes more noise than a growing forest.” That’s a very disappointing truth.

I honestly believe that the so-called “superiority” of our species it’s very relative. Genesis (1:27), states that God created human beings in His own image. That would easily explain the magnificent capacity we have to think and create amazing things. To find the cure of diseases and to put men on the surface of the moon. But also our “capacity” of stupidly destroying our planet, our very own habitat, compromising the future of our offspring reflects more a virus’ than a deity’s behavior.

But truly, what’s the problem with mankind?

In one word? Ignorance. We are ignorant. We don’t think long term. We cannot see, beyond our ego and interests, the big picture. We are not capable of comprehending the interdependence of the Universe. Meaning, we don’t ponder that by harming our fellow beings (human or not), we are harming ourselves.

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I know, that may sound like Pope Francis’ last speech or something taken from a Dalai Lama’s self-help book. But it can be easily proven in practice. I’m openly in favor of capitalism. However, I truly believe we are facing an extreme situation regarding the wealth distribution in the whole world. Am I a communist? Never! But you can see in cities like Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, how amazingly dangerous a bad wealth distribution can be.

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There you have the rich people living in “cages”, highly luxuriant apartments inside fortresses with electrified barbwire fences and 24/7 heavily armed security. Those people cannot enjoy a nice drive by the lovely beaches on their expensive cars with their windows down. They cannot freely smell the sea breeze without risking being robbed or even worse, kidnapped.  Since it’s very common for the drug dealers exchange bullets anytime of the day, their cars must be – no matter what – bulletproof.

Image result for carro de luxo blindado tiros rioThen, comes a reflection: what’s the use of having so much money if they cannot enjoy it?

Unfortunately, that sad reality won’t take much time to reach the United States and Europe. There’s nothing wrong about having money and nice things but we are losing the common sense, we are losing the balance. There’s not much difference between the life of a multimillionaire and of a billionaire. They both can afford the best homes, the best cars and the best lifestyle. But greed and ignorance makes them want more and more, usually not enjoying the money they already have because they spend so much time working for more.

The same with the environment. Regardless of the debate of if global warming is made by men or not, what’s the problem of living a most responsible life? A more conscious life about the planet we live in?

I always say that we have to change our mindset. We have to understand, once for all, that we are the janitors of this planet, not the landlords!  Image result for harmony

We are responsible for our fellow beings. There’s no true happiness if that’s based on somebody else’s suffering. Harmony is the word! Let’s find it! Instead of being radical right or radical left, let’s find the middle way! How can a rich person still be rich but being aware of the suffering of others and the well-being of the planet?

Adapting the famous speech by American president Bill Clinton, I honestly believe that there is nothing wrong with mankind that cannot be cured with what is right in mankind. So help us God!

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII

Royal House of Ghassan inaugurates office in Brazil

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The Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan, in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations since 2016, has inaugurated a branch office in Brazil. The building will serve not only to the Royal House of Ghassan but also to the Sacred Order of Saint Michael ArchangelGrand Priory of Brazil recently recognized by the Catholic Church with a decree of ‘canonical erection’.

The branch office’s address is:

Rua Rocha Leão, 381 – Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil  CEP: 28051-170

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Prince Gharios El Chemor meets Brazilian Minister Jose Serra

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HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with HE Minister Jose Serra at the Barclay Hotel in NY

While in New York, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor Al-Numan VIII met informally His Excellency Jose Serra, the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Minister was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting took place at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel and the minister was very interested in the prince’s work protecting the Christians and Muslims promoting the peace and dialog. Also, about the prince’s participation in the IPPFoRB – International Parliamentarian Panel for Freedom of Religion or Belief.