Cheetahs, hippos and saving Ethiopia By Alemayehu G Mariam

August 20th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

George Ayittey, one of the foremost African public global intellectuals, metaphorically suggests that Africa’s destiny will be determined by the promise of the “Cheetah Generation” or the paralysis of the “Hippo Generation”. As he explains,

The Cheetah Generation refers to the new and angry generation of young African graduates and professionals, who look at African issues and problems from a totally different and unique perspective. They are dynamic, intellectually agile, and pragmatic. They may be the ‘restless generation’ but they are Africa’s new hope. They brook no nonsense about corruption, inefficiency, ineptitude, incompetence, or buffoonery. They understand and stress transparency, accountability, human rights, and good governance. They also know that many of their current leaders are hopelessly corrupt and that their governments are contumaciously dysfunctional and commit flagitious human rights violations. The Cheetahs do not look for excuses for government failure by wailing over the legacies of the slave trade, Western colonialism, imperialism, the World Bank or an unjust international economic system. To the Cheetahs, this ‘colonialism-imperialism’ paradigm, in which every African problem is analyzed, is obsolete and kaput. Unencumbered by the old shibboleths, Cheetahs can analyze issues with remarkable clarity and objectivity. The outlook and perspectives of the Cheetahs are refreshingly different from those of many African leaders, intellectuals, or elites, whose mental faculties are so foggy and their reasoning or logic so befuddled that they cannot distinguish between right and wrong. They blame everybody else for Africa’s problems except themselves.

On the other hand, the “Hippo Generation” is

intellectually astigmatic and stuck in their muddy colonialist pedagogical patch. They can see with eagle-eyed clarity the injustices perpetrated by whites against blacks, but they are hopelessly blind to the more heinous injustices they perpetrate against their own black people. They are stodgy, pudgy, and wedded to the old “colonialism-imperialism” paradigm with an abiding faith in the potency of the state. They lack vision and sit tight in their air-conditioned government offices, comfortable in their belief that the state can solve all of Africa’s problems. All the state needs is more power and more foreign aid. And they would ferociously defend their territory since that is what provides [us] with [our] wealth. (Hippos kill more people in Africa than any other animal.) They care less if the whole country collapses around them, but are content as long as their pond is secure… But now is not the time for the cheetahs to take over. They will be ripped up by the ornery and nasty Hippos. Rather, they should build up on their skills, strength and accumulate knowledge and wealth — in the private sector — while methodically draining the swamp of the Hippos. Soon, the [Hippos] will find themselves ‘homeless’ and then the Cheetahs can take over.

The youth are the most dynamic segment in any society. Two of history’s evil men understood the importance of controlling and “owning” youth. Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the totalitarian Soviet state promised, “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.” His counterpart in the Third Reich proclaimed, “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” Both used their nations’ youths as cannon fodder to realize their warped vision of world domination. For the past decade, Ethiopia’s dictators have sought to buy the loyalty and allegiance of the country’s best and brightest. Most of the country’s university graduates have been held hostage to dictator Meles Zenawi’s corrupt neopatrimonial system. Zenawi has used various means to recruit, control, politicize and depoliticize the country’s youth. He has made economic survival impossible for the youth of the country except through membership in a syndicate palmed off as a political party.

Now is the Time for Ethiopia’s Cheetah Generation to Lead the Way to National Reconciliation

It is now time for Ethiopia’s cheetahs to take a leading role in the national dialogue to transition Ethiopia from dictatorship to democracy. Such a prescriptive declaration might be surprising to some coming from a card-carrying member of the “Loyal Order of African (Ethiopian) Hippos”. But over the years, I have learned to appreciate the sacrifices of Ethiopia’s cheetahs and have been awed by their transformative potential. In numerous weekly commentaries, I have despaired over their plight under Zenawi’s dictatorship but nevertheless insisted that they must be the tip of the spear in bringing about democratic change in Ethiopia. In June 2010, I reflected over what could happen if the rage bottled up in Ethiopia’s youth suddenly exploded:

The wretched conditions of Ethiopia’s youth point to the fact that they are a ticking demographic time bomb. The evidence of youth frustration, discontent, disillusionment and discouragement by the protracted economic crisis, lack of economic opportunities and political repression is manifest, overwhelming and irrefutable. The yearning of youth for freedom and change is self-evident. The only question is whether the country’s youth will seek change through increased militancy or by other peaceful means….

This past April, in my ongoing series on “Ethiopia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy”, I argued against the “conventional wisdom [that] says the important task of managing the transition from dictatorship to democracy should be left to the elites—the politicians, party leaders, bureaucrats, academics and other institutional leaders.” I insisted that “for there to be a truly a… durable democracy in [Ethiopia], the dialogue base must be expanded to broadly include… women and the youth…”

Ethiopian Youth Must Lead a National Dialogue in Search of a Path to Peaceful Change

Ethiopia today is a country without a head of state or a functioning government. The “prime minster” has literally gone AWOL. Apparently, no one knows where he is or even if he is alive. He has not been seen or heard of in public for the past two months. The “deputy prime minster” is as invisible as a ghost. The “president” is… Is there a president? The opposition is as silent as the gravestone. Who can save Ethiopia?

Since the beginning of 2012, I have been talking and writing about Ethiopia’s inevitable transition from dictatorship to democracy. More recently, I called for a national dialogue in the spirit of President Nelson Mandela. I now call upon and appeal to all of Ethiopia’s youth to lead the transitional national dialogue because I believe Ethiopia’s salvation and destiny rests not in the hardened jaws of the hippos but in the soft paws of the cheetahs.

Why MUST Ethiopia’s cheetahs lead the national dialogue for a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy? First, if the cheetahs do not initiate the dialogue, who will? Who can? The hippos have been dialoguing for decades using the language of finger pointing, mudslinging, hatemongering and grudge holding. Second, the future belongs to the cheetahs (an estimated 67 percent of Ethiopia’s population is said to be under the age of 35) and not the hippos who continue to wallow in the muddy politics of ethnicity and sectarianism. Third, Ethiopia’s cheetahs are already doing much of the heavy lifting. They have been paying the price for democracy, freedom and human rights in blood, sweat and tears. The best and the brightest have been persecuted, prosecuted, brutalized and silenced by dictator Meles Zenawi. At the top of the list are Birtukan Midekssa, Eskinder Nega, Andualem Aragie, Bekele Gerba, Olbana Lelisa, Reeyot Alemu, Abebe Gellaw, Temesgen Desalegn, Yenesew Gebre, the hundreds of victims of the 2005 massacres and so many others. Fifth, Ethiopia’s cheetah’s are paying the full price for the stupidity, narrow mindedness and incompetence of the hippos. Sixth, unlike the hippos, Ethiopia’s cheetahs have the best chance of leading a successful transition because they are focused on the future and not the past. Current violations of human rights are more important to Ethiopia’s cheetah’s than historic grievances. They would rather seek justice today than remain paralyzed talking about the injustices of yesterday. Ethiopia’s cheetahs would rather steer the Ethiopian ship of state looking through the windshield than looking in the rear view mirror.

Beginning the Dialogue on National Reconciliation

The dialogue on national reconciliation in Ethiopia must begin within Ethiopia’s youth communities. Ethiopia’s cheetah’s must empower themselves, create their own political and social space, set their own agendas and begin multifaceted dialogues on their country’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. They must develop their own awareness campaigns and facilitate vital conversations among youth communities cutting across language, religion, ethnicity region and so on. Their dialogues must be based on the principles of openness, truth and commitment to democracy, freedom and human rights. They must dialogue without fear or loathing. Above all, the cheetahs must “own” the dialogue process. At a gathering of cheetahs, hippos should be seen and not heard; tolerated but not involved. The cheetahs must keep a sharp eye on the hippos who are very skillful in political intrigues and expert at finding ways of getting involved to take over and manipulate the youth.

Informal dialogues among activist youth. For a variety of reasons, it is most practical for Ethiopia’s cheetahs to begin dialogue on national reconciliation at the informal level. For instance, such dialogues could initially take place among like-minded activist youth at the neighborhood level. Activist youth could undertake an assessment of their capabilities, potentials, opportunities and obstacles in setting up and managing a community-based informal reconciliation youth dialogues. Youth activist should focus on creating broader youth awareness and involvement in the dialogue process and utilization of existing organizations, institutions, associations, forums, etc., for national reconciliation dialogue. These dialogues should begin by focusing on certain key questions: Who are Ethiopia’s cheetahs and how committed are they in shaping the democratic destiny of their country? Are these cheetahs committed to nonviolent political change? Are they willing to commit to national dialogue as brothers and sisters?

Cheetahs should rely on themselves (and not expect much help from hippos) in beginning informal dialogues. In the past, Ethiopia’s cheetahs have looked up to the hippos for political guidance and direction. But hippos in and out of power have sought to marginalize the cheetahs.In the aftermath of the 2005 election, the hippos in power understood the power of the cheetahs and took active measures to blunt their impact by organizing them to support the regime and avoid involvement in opposition politics. They tried to control the cheetahs by creating and inducting millions of them into mass organizations and indoctrinating them in the bogus and mindless ideology of “revolutionary democracy”, bribing them with educational and job opportunities and threatening them with a variety of legal and extra-legal sanctions. By co-opting the most dynamic segment of the youth, the hippos in power were able to prevent large-scale youth engagement on the issues of human rights and democracy. Regrettably, the cheetahs were abandoned by the hippos out of power after the 2005 election. Ethiopia’s cheetahs must begin to develop self-reliance in transitioning their country from dictatorship to democracy.

Learning from and supporting each other and learning from the mistakes of the hippos and other youths. Ethiopia’s cheetahs have much to learn from each other, from the mistakes of the hippo generation and youths from other nations. Dialogue involves not only talking but also listening to each other. Youth from Ethiopia’s multiethnic society have much to learn from each other and build upon the strengths of the diverse youth communities. Much can be learned from the mistakes of the hippo generation. For starters, the cheetahs should learn that to disagree on issues does not mean becoming mortal enemies. It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable. Civility in dialogue, though lacking among hippos, is essential for cheetahs .Ethiopia’s cheetahs must also learn from the mistakes of other youth movements. Youth power was the catalyzing force in Tunisia and Egypt. They creatively used mobile technology to mobilize the youth population, but in the end they were marginalized.

Ethiopia’s Destiny Hangs in the Balance

Many societies face generational gaps as the youth rebel against tradition and societal norms. In Ethiopia today, there are two different generations. The cheetah generation wants freedom, human rights and democracy now. The hippo generation wallows in a mucky swamp of corruption, nepotism, cronyism, criminality and inhumanity. The cheetah generation wants to drain the swamp. The hippo generation is hopelessly trapped in the bog of ethnic politics and revenge politics.

Africans know all too well that hippos (including their metaphorical human counterparts) are dangerous animals that are fiercely territorial and attack anything that comes into their turf. Every year more people are killed by hippos (both the real and metaphorical ones) in Africa than lions or elephants. Cheetahs are known to be the fastest animals, but their weakness is that they give up the chase easily if they fail to make a catch quickly or surrender the prey thet have caught when challenged by other predators including hyenas. A group of hippos is known as a crash. A group of cheetahs is called a “coalition”. Only a coalition of cheetahs organized across ethnic, religious, linguistic and regional lines can crash a crash of hippos and a cackle of hyenas and save Ethiopia.

  1. choco
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    Very flowery words more suited to a novel. If we spent more time doing good deeds to our fellows than empty rhetoric we might see changes we desire. Some hope that!

  2. Girum
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    George Ayittey, one of the foremost African public global intellectuals, metaphorically suggests that Africa’s destiny will be determined by the promise of the “Cheetah Generation” or the paralysis of the “Hippo Generation”. As he explains,

    The Cheetahs do not look for excuses for government failure by wailing over the legacies of the slave trade, Western colonialism, imperialism, the World Bank or an unjust international economic system. To the Cheetahs, this ‘colonialism-imperialism’ paradigm, in which every African problem is analyzed, is obsolete and kaput. Unencumbered by the old shibboleths, Cheetahs can analyze issues with remarkable clarity and objectivity. The outlook and perspectives of the Cheetahs are refreshingly different from those of many African leaders, intellectuals, or elites, whose mental faculties are so foggy and their reasoning or logic so befuddled that they cannot distinguish between right and wrong. They blame everybody else for Africa’s problems except themselves.

    Cheetahs should rely on themselves (and not expect much help from hippos) in beginning informal dialogues. In the past, Ethiopia’s cheetahs have looked up to the hippos for political guidance and direction. But hippos in and out of power have sought to marginalize the cheetahs. In the aftermath of the 2005 election, the hippos in power understood the power of the cheetahs and took active measures to blunt their impact by organizing them to support the regime and avoid involvement in opposition politics. They tried to control the cheetahs by creating and inducting millions of them into mass organizations and indoctrinating them in the bogus and mindless ideology of “revolutionary democracy”, bribing them with educational and job opportunities and threatening them with a variety of legal and extra-legal sanctions. By co-opting the most dynamic segment of the youth, the hippos in power were able to prevent large-scale youth engagement on the issues of human rights and democracy. Regrettably, the cheetahs were abandoned by the hippos out of power after the 2005 election. Ethiopia’s cheetahs must begin to develop self-reliance in transitioning their country from dictatorship to democracy.
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    It seems good article on surface but when seriously scrutinized it is some how a confused analysis with no insight.
    At some point the “Cheetah Generation” Vs “Hippo Generation” classification seems based on age. And at other points it is like “Meles/TPLF” Vs “Young Generation”.
    Dear writer to which generation you belong?
    It is so dysfunctional and polarized black and white thinking to label and make discrimination among Africans like “Cheetah Generation” Vs “Hippo Generation”.
    It is some sort of very hasty, dangerous, divisionary and harmful approach which saw such seeds of disharmonious mentality in Ethiopian society. A generation is some sort of continuous spectrum where there is no such a clear black and white boundary. Such black and white divisionary boundary originates from such writers guided by black and white dysfunctional mentality. I am afraid the writer even pretty well knows in depth and width the sort of new Ethiopian generation he is trying to appease or lull. Meles/TPLF has already crippled or killed the generation (ትውልዱን አኮላሽተውታል) and that is why we even can not see the sort of Arab Spring type movement some opposition have been hyping to get advantage of it for their own mere sake of power mongering. Actually I am not such a fanatic supporter or severe critique of Arab-Spring in such black and white terms. I strongly believe that every society has its won nature of social fabric and class structure and also its own history and psychological make-up and its own dynamism. So when you press an orange what you get is an orange juice in what the orange has naturally and the same is true for a society in times of oppression and challenge.
    The current generation is the result of the previous generation and the previous generation is the result of that of the generation before it ……and it continues like that with out forgetting the influence of global situations and globalization. So generational issue in some way is like some sort of flow like that of a river. Dear writer the civilized world does not think the way you want to simply put it in such dysfunctional black and white thinking. Look every scientific and technological innovation and you find that the new latest ones are based on the previous old ones. There is no such a thing as new generation and old generation issue the way you want to depict it in black and white terms. You remember the saying “The child is the father of the man.” And hence our past has such a significant blueprint influence on our current and future. መለስ/ወያኔ የግሎባል ካፒታሊዝምን ኒዎ-ሊበራልና ኒዎ-ኮሎኒያሊዝም ኢምፔሪያሊስታዊ ፕሮጀክት የሚያስፈፅሙ ቅጥረኛ እንደመሆናቸው መጠን ይህንን ፕሮጀክት በተሳካ ሁኔታ ለማስፈፀም ሲሉ ሀገር ተረካቢ የሆነውን ትውልዱን በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መንገድ አኮላሽተውታል አደንዝዘውታል ወዘተ፡፡ስለዚህም አሁን አየተፈጠረ ያለውን ትውልድ ምንነት ፀኃፊው በጥልቅትና በስፋት የተረዳው አይመስለኝም፡፡እኔ የዘሩትን ማጨድ የተፈጥሮ ህግ ጭምር ስለሆነ ትውልዱን ያለኣካሄዱ ለመውቀስ ብዬ ሳይሆን እውነታው ግን ይህ ነውና እውነታውን ከመጋፈጥና ከማስተካከል ውጪ አጉል መዳለልና ማድበስበስ ለምን አስፈለገ?እጅግ የሚገርመው ነገር የኢትዮጵያ ምሁራንና ፖለቲከኛ ኤሊቶች ህዝቡን ለስልጣን መጠቀሚያነት ስለሚፈልጉት ህዝብን ያለበትን ጉድፍ ነቅሰው በፊት ለፊት ከመናገርና ከማስተካከል ይልቅ አስተዋይ ህዝብ ታጋሽ ህዝብ ወዘተ እያሉ ህዝብን ለርካሽ የፖለቲካ ትርፍ መጠቀሚያ ማድረግ የተለመደ አካሄድ ነው፡፡ይቅርታ ይደረግልኝና የአሁኑም የፀሃፊው አካሄድ አዲሱን ትውልድ ልክ የሰለጠነ በአስተሳሰብ የመጠቀ አድርጎ መሳል በተቃራኒው ደግሞ ያለፈውን ማጣጣል ከአዲሱ ትውልድ ተራ የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ለማግኘት እንዳይሆን እፈራለሁኝ፡፡በእርግጥ እንደዚህ አይነት እንደ ፔንዱለም ዳርና ዳር የሚረግጡ ፅሁፎች መውጣት ጀምረዋል፡፡ይህ አይጠቅመንም የትም አያደርሰንም፡፡እውነቱን እንነጋገር ከተባለ ደግሞ አዲሱ ትውልድ አውቆም ሆነ ተገዶ ሀገሩን ለጊዚያዊ ብልጭልጭ ነገር አሳልፎ የሚሰጥ የፊት የፊቱን ብቻ እንጂ የወደፊቱን አርቆ የማያስብ እራስ ወዳድ ሃኬተኛ ትውልድ ነው፡፡ይህ ለምን ሆነ ብንል በዋናነት የመለስ/ወያኔ የግሎባል ካፒታሊዝምን ኒዎ-ሊበራልና ኒዎ-ኮሎኒያሊዝም ኢምፔሪያሊስታዊ ፕሮጀክት ለማስፈፀም የግድ ትውልዱን የተዝረከረከ የደነዘዘና የተኮላሸ ማድረግ አስፋላጊ ስለሆነ ነው፡፡በእርግጥ ለዚህ እንደ ደረጃው ሁላችንም ተጠያቂዎች ነን፡፡እኔ እንደምረዳው ከሆነ ብዙውን ጊዜ ነገሮችን በጥልቀትና በስፋት ከመመርመርና የበሽታውን መንስኤ በሰከነ መንገድ ከመፈለግ ይልቅ በከንቱ መወራጨትንና ቀልል ያለውን ጊዚያዊ ትንሽ የሆነ የእውነት(mini-truth) አማራጭ እንደ አንድ ትልቅ እውነት(grand truth) በመውሰድ ለችግሮቻችን ሁሉ ይህንን ትንሽ እውነት እንደ ትልቅ እውነት አድርገን እየመነዘርን በዚህ ችግራችንን ለመፍታት መፈለጋችን ነው፡፡So this sort of black and white thinking of “Cheetah Generation” Vs “Hippo Generation” is such a mini-truth when compared to our generational-systemic crisis that I see as a grand-truth.አሁንም ፀሃፊው አዲሱን ትውልድ እያጋነነና እየካበ እያቀረበ ያለው አካሄድ ለራሱ ለአዲሱ ትውልድ የሚያዘናጋ ካልሆነ በስተቀር ብዙም የሚጠቅም አይደለም፡፡እንደዚሁም ይህ አዲሱ ትውልድ የድሮው ትውልድ የሚል ጥራዝ ነጠቅ በነጭና በጥቁር የመሳል ችኩል አካሄድ ለኢትዮጵያ አይጠቅምም፡፡በሰለጠነው አለምም ይህ አይነት አዲሱ ትውልድ የድሮው ትውልድ የሚል ጥራዝ ነጠቅ በነጭና በጥቁር የመሳል ችኩል አካሄድ እንደ ስልት የሚወሰድ ጠቃሚ አካሄድ አይደለም፡፡እንደ አፄ-ምኒልክ አይነት አውሮፓን ጭምር በመሪነት ዲፕሎማሲያቸውና ብቃታቸው ያስደነቁ አፍሪካዊ መሪዎች በበቀሉበት ሀገር ውስጥ ይህንን አይነት አዲሱ ትውልድ የድሮው ትውልድ የሚል ጥራዝ ነጠቅ በነጭና በጥቁር የመሳል ችኩል አካሄድ አፍራሽ ሚና ሊጫወት ይችላል፡፡አንዲያውም አንድ ወቀት አንድ ወዳጄ እንደነገረኝ ከሆነ አንድ ፅኁፍ ላይ የድሮው ትውልድ መሬት በካሬ ሜትር የሚለካ ሲሆን ያሁን ትውልድ ደግሞ የመረጃ ዳታን በጊጋ ባይት የሚለካ ስለሆነ ከፍተኛ የትውልድ ክፍተት እንዳለ የሚያውጅ እጅግ ጥራዝ-ነጠቅ ፅሁፍ ማንበቡን እንደነገረኝ አስታውሳለሁኝ፡፡እንደነዚህ አይነት ጥራዝ-ነጠቅ ፅሁፎች ከሆነ እንግዲህ ኢትዮጵያ ሀገራችንና ህዝቦቿ ወደፊት የሚያስፈልጋቸው አርሰው እህል ዘርተው የሚመገቡት ምግብ ሳይሆን ህብስተ-መና ከሰማይ ስለሚወርድላቸው የሚያስፈልጋቸው ሰፊ መሬትና ድንበር ሳይሆን መረጃን በጊጋ ባይት የሚለዋወጡበት የቻይና ሞባይል አይፖድና ላፕቶፕ ብቻ ነው ማለት ነው፡፡እንደነዚህ አይነት ጥራዝ-ነጠቅ ፅሁፎች እይታ ከሆነ ትውልዱ መታገል ያለበት በምእራቡ አለም ስሌት ባለ ለምርጫ ዲሞክራሲና ሰብዓዊ መብት ብቻ እንጂ የኢትዮጵያ ሰፊ ለም መሬት ለአረብና ለሱዳን ተላልፎ ሲሰጥ በግዴለሽነት መመልከት አለበት ማለት ነው፡፡እንደነዚህ አይነት ጥራዝ-ነጠቅ ፅሁፎች እይታ ከሆነ ትውልዱ የሚያስፈልገው ሲኒማ ቤት ያማረ ካፍቴሪያና መዝናኛ ቤት ፋሽን ቡቲክ ኮስሞቲክ የአውሮፓ እግር ኳስ ሊግ የሚያይበት እንጂ ሰፊ ለም መሬት አያስፈልገውም ማለት ነው፡፡እንዴት ነው ነገሩ ጎበዝ ለችግራችንና ለበሽታችን የሚታዘዝልን መድሃኒት ፍየል ወዲያ ቅዝምዝም ወዲህ እየሆነ ተቸገረን እኮ፡፡እንዴት ነው ነገሩ አዲሱ ትውልድ የእናቱን ሞሰብ እየገለበጠና የእናቱን መቀነት እየፈታ ሳንቲም ነጥቆ የአውሮፓ እግር ኳስ ሊግ የሚያሳድድ እንጂ እናቴን ልርዳ አባቴን ልርዳ የማይል ሃኬተኛና ራስ ወዳድ መሆኑ ተረሳና ዛሬ ፀሃፊው ይህንን አይነት “Cheetah Generation” Vs “Hippo Generation” ፅሁፍ የሚያወጡት ስለየትኛው ኢትዮጵያ እያወሩ ይሆን፡፡በንጉስ እያሱ ዘመን የሞትነውም እኛ የነገስነውም እኛ እንደተባለው አይነት አዲሱ ትውልድ አሮጌው ትውልድ የሚባል ያን ያህል ክፍፍል ያለበት ነገር መኖሩ አስተዋይነት የጎደለወ ነገር ነው፡፡እንዲያውም አዲሱ ትውልድ በዘመነ ግሎባላይዜሽን በዘመኑ ፋሽን ኮስሞቲክ ኢንተርቴይንመንት ኢንደስትሪ እንዲሁም የምርጫ ዲሞክራሲ ከልክ በላይ አቅሉን ስቶ ስለደነዘዘና ታሪክን ወደኋላ በጥሞና ለመመርመርና ለመረዳት ፋታ ስላጣ ዳግማዊ ተዘዋዋሪ ዘመነ ግኝ ግዛት ውስጥ በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መንገድ እንዳይገባ የሚያስፈራበት ዘመን ላይ ነው ያለነው፡፡እርግጥ ነው የምእራብ ሀገራት ጥልቅ የፖለቲካ ሳይንቲስቶች ወደፊት ትልቁ ስጋታቸው የወጣቱ ትውልድ ነገር እንደሆነ ተናግረዋል፡፡ይህም ነባራዊውን አለም በቅጡ ካለመረዳት በመነጨ ወጣቱ ትውልድ ፍላጎቱን ሁሉ እንደወረደ ተግባራዊ ለማድረግ ካለው ከፍተኛ የሆነ ተፈጥሯዊ ግፊት በመነጨ ነገሮች ሁሉ እንዳሰበው ካለመሆናቸው በመነጨ ክፍተኛ የሆነ አለመረጋጋት ውስጥ ስለሚሆን ይህ ከፍተኛ የሆነ የአለመረጋጋትና የቀውስ ምንጭ እንደሚሆን ተንብየዋል፡፡የትውልድ ክፍተትን በሚመለከት ካነሳንም ድሮ እኔ ባለሁበት ዘመን ልጆች ሆነን ቤተሰቦቻችንን እንዴት እንደምናገለግል ጭምር ሃላፊነት ተሰምቶን አጥብቀን እንጨነቅና እናስብ ነበር በተቃራኒው አሁን እየተፈጠረ ያው ትውልድ ደግሞ ቤተሰቡ ለእሱ ምን ማድረግ እንዳለበት ትምህርትና ትእዛዝ የሚሰጥ እጅህ ሲበዛ እራስ ወዳድና የራሱን ግለሰባዊ ምቾትና ጥቅም እንጂ ስለቤተሰቡ ብዙም ደንታ ያለው አይደለም፡፡ስለቤተሰቡ ደንታ የሌለው ትውልድ ደግሞ ስለ ማህበረሰብ ስለ ህዝብና ስለ ሀገር ወገናዊነት ተስመቶት እንዲጨነቅ አይጠበቅም፡፡ከላይ በጊጋ ባይትና በካሬ ሜትር ስለመለካት የተነሳውን ጥራዝ-ነጠቅ አስተያየት ሳስብ አንድ ነገር ትዝ አለኝ፡፡ይኸውም አሁን ያለው የዲጅታል አለም ሰዎች በሚይዙት ግለሰባዊ አይፖድ ሞባይል ወዘት አይነት ዲጂታል መሳሪያዎች ከልክ በላይ ጊዜን ሰጥቶ ከመጠመድ የተነሳ የጋራ ማህበራዊ ህይወታቸው በሂደት አደጋ ላይ ሊወድቅ እንደሚችል የሚያመላክት ጥናቶች ይፋ እየወጡ ነው፡፡So live social interaction will be wakened and endangered.ስለ ምእራቡ አለም ሊበራል-ዲሞክራሲ እንደወረደ በቀጥታ የሚያቀነቅኑና በተቃራኒው ደግሞ ሶሻሊዝምን እንደወረደ በቀጥታ የሚያወግዙ ኢትዮጵያውያን ምሁራንና የፖለቲካ ልሂቃን ግለሰብ-ተኮር(First-Individualism) በሆነው በምእራቡ አለምና ማህበረሰብ ተኮር(First-Socialism) በሆነው በምስራቁ አለም ያለውን የማህበረሰብ አወቃቀር(Social-Fabric and class structure)በቅጡ የተረዱት ለመሆኑ እጠራጠራለሁኝ፡፡የምእራቡ አለም የግሎባል ካፒታሊዝምን ኒዎ-ሊበራልና ኒዎ-ኮሎኒያሊዝም ኢምፔሪያሊስታዊ ፕሮጀክት ተግባራዊ እየሆነ ባለበት በዘመነ መለስ/ወያኔ ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መንገድ የተሰራው አንዱ ስራ ኢትዮጵያዊውን ማህበረሰብ በተቻለ መጠን ማህበረሰብ ተኮር(First-Socialism) ከሆነ ወደ ግለሰብ-ተኮር(First-Individualism) የማህበረሰብ አወቃቀር(Social-Fabric and class structure) እንዲቀየር ማድረግ እየሆነ ነው ያለው፡፡What is our primary driving life force as an Ethiopian society? Is it ግለሰብ-ተኮር(First-Individualism) or ማህበረሰብ ተኮር(First-Socialism)?What is our material wealth status as an Ethiopian society to choose either of ግለሰብ-ተኮር(First-Individualism) or ማህበረሰብ ተኮር(First-Socialism)?
    What sort of capital we have as an Ethiopian society? Money-Capital? Social-Capital? Natural-Capital? Or Giga-Byte-Capital as is in the case of the new generation? So the type of capital we have as a driving life-force determines what sort of social order (ግለሰብ-ተኮር(First-Individualism) or ማህበረሰብ ተኮር(First-Socialism)) we have to adopt and advance.
    So when out elites choose to advance any sort of social order then they have to take in to consideration basic human dynamism. Based on the writers analysis when he makes superficial black and white divisionary line between the new and the old generation then on what basis he is making this sort of classification?እንደ እኔ አስተሳሰብ በነጭና በጥቁር እየሳሉ አዲሱ ትውድ አሮጌው ትውልድ እያሉ የማያስፈልግ እሰጥ አገባና አተካራ ውስጥ መግባት ሌላ አይነት የመለስ/ወያኔ አይነት ማህበረሰባዊ መከፋፈል እንዳይሆን መጠንቀቁ ይበጃል፡፡የኋላው ከሌለ የፊቱ የለም እንዳለው ታዋቂው ቴዲ አፍሮ አዲሱ ትውልድ በተወሰነ መንገድ የአሮጌው ትውልድ ውጤት ነው፡፡ይህ የተፈጥሮ ህግም ጭምር ነውና፡፡በእርግጥ ለጥሩውም ሆነ ለመጥፎው ከተገቢው በላይ የታሪክ እስረኛ መሆንም የለብንም፡፡አዲሱ ትውልድ የራሱ ጠንካራና ደካማ ጎን አለው ልክ እንደዚሁም አሮጌው ትውልድ የራሱ ጠንካራና ደካማ ጎን አለው፡፡ስለዚህም አዲሱ ትውልድ ከአሮጌው ትውልድ የሚማረው ጥሩ ነገር አለ እንደዚሁም የሚያስገወድው ደግሞ ደካማ ጎን አለ፡፡
    መቼም ሴት ልጅ የፈለገውን ያህል ብትማር አምጣ ልጅ ካልወለደች በስተቀር እርሷንና ሌሎችንም ብዙዎችን ለወለደች እናቷ የምጥን ነገር በቅጡ ልትረዳና ልታስተምር ያን ያህል አይቸላትም፡፡ስለዚህም አዲሱ ትውልድ የአሮጌው ትውልድ ምክር እገዛ ተግሳፅ ወዘተ ያስፈልገዋል፡፡ሀገር እንደ ሀገር ትውልድ እንደ ትውልድ ሊቀጥል የሚችለው ደግሞ “Cheetah Generation” Vs “Hippo Generation” እያሉ በጥራዝ-ነጠቅነትና ችኩልነት በመፈረጅና በመለያየት ሳይሆን አዲሱ ትውልድና አሮጌው ትውልድ ተከባብረው በመቀራረብ በጋራ ለጋራ ጉዳይ የሚሰሩበትን መንገድ በመፈለግ ነው፡፡ያለበለዚያ የፀሃፊው አዲሱን ትውልድ ከእውነታው በራቀ እያሞካሹ በተቃራኒው የበፊቱን ትውልድ እያጣጣሉና “Cheetah Generation” Vs “Hippo Generation” እያሉ ማቅረቡ ሊበሏት ያሰቧትን አሞራ ስሟን ዥግራ ይሏታል አይነት ነው የሚሆነው፡፡ይህ አይነት አካሄድም እናትና ሴት ልጅ እንደዚሁም አባትና ወንድ ልጅ ፈፅሞ የማይተዋወቁ ያህል አድርጎ የመሳል የተሳሳተ እይታ ነው፡፡ደግሞስ የማናውቀው ምን አዲስ ነገር መጣ?ነገሩ ሁሉ ደግሞ የሞትንም እኛ የነገስንም እኛ ያለው አይነት የዘመነ እያሱ አይነት መሆኑን መረዳት አለብን፡፡አሮጌው ትውልድ ደግሞ የምእራቡ አለም የግሎባል ካፒታሊዝምን ኒዎ-ሊበራልና ኒዎ-ኮሎኒያሊዝም ኢምፔሪያሊስታዊ ፕሮጀክት ገና ጨቅላ ለሆነውና በብልጭል ነገር በቀላሉ ለሚታለለው ለአዲሱ ትውልድ የማስረዳት የዜግነትና የታሪክ ሃላፊነት ደግሞ አለበት፡፡በስተመጨረሻ ልል የምፈልገው ነገር ፀሃፊው ስልጣን ላይ ያሉትን አገዛዞችና ኤሊቶች በቀጥታ መርጦ መተቸትና ማውገዝ ሲችል ሁሉንም የህብረተሰብ ክፍል በትውልድ ቅርጫት ውስጥ ከቶ “Cheetah Generation” Vs “Hippo Generation” በማለት ማቅረቡ ተገቢ ያልሆነ አደገኛና ማህበረሰብ ከፋፋይ ነገር ነውና ባለማወቅ የተደረገ ከሆነ ሊታረም ይገባል እላለሁኝ፡፡አዲሱ ትውልድ አሮጌውን ትውልድ ማዳመጥ መረዳት ማክበር መቻልና መፈለግ አለበት እንደዚሁም አሮጌው ትውልድ ተመሳሳዩን ማድረግ መቻልና መፈለግ አለበት፡፡አላስፈላጊ የበርሊን ግንብ መገንባቱ ግን ለዘለቄታው አይጠቅምም፡፡

    እግዚአብሄር ኢትዮጵያን ይባርክ!!!

  3. Abiy Ethiopiawi Segawi/wemenfesawi አቢይ ኢትዮጵያዊ ሥጋዊ-ወመንፈሳዊ
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    “If you tell a lie,
    long enough,loud enough the people will believe it.”

    Adolph Hitler.
    The third Reich at war p.38
    “People are more likely to believe a big lie than a small one.”

    Semon Bereket told us how he can he lie the Ethiopian people;like Hitler did.

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