A palm tree stands in the middle of Rusafa Born in the West, far from the land of palms I said to it, “How like me you are, far away and in exile! In long separation from family and friends You have sprung from soil in which you are a stranger And I, like you, am far away from home
According to the Muslim scholar Ibn Khaldun, any society that is doing so well that they have time to relax and plant orange groves is henceforth doomed. This is known as the 'Orange Grove Theory of History'
"I'm an atheist, thank god." - Luis Buñuel