“A friend who doesn’t help you is no better than
an enemy who does you no harm.”
King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
In the 1980s, an American diplomat in Saudi Arabia asked Abdullah, the then-Crown Prince, for a favor.
The future king’s response, above, is an all-too-blunt reminder that, if friendship doesn’t mean anything when called to duty, then it doesn’t mean anything.
Another thought: if someone does you no harm, in what ways can that person be an enemy? Too often, I think, hatred is unprovoked.
Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015