The Tragedy in Saudi Arabia is a clarion call for Moral Action (Teodros Kiros, PhD)

December 8th, 2013 Print Print Email Email

Our leading scholars and activists have already poured rivers of ink to respond to an Ethiopian tragedy, for which I commend them and by whom I have been historically, legally and psychologically enlightened. I have nothing to add beyond what has been said, but I can modestly contribute on the level of offering solutions.

This tragedy needs actionality propelled by a moral vision for a new Ethiopia.

Now that our Ethiopian sisters and brothers have been killed, brutalized, savaged and traumatized, our momentous task is to remember through the darkness of November by seeing to it that this does not ever happen again to our historical nation- a nation of valiant heroes who resisted fascism, colonialism and niggerazation with inimitable actionality.
We must repeat this valor and we move forward to protect our people from ever, ever again being savaged by barbarism in the twentieth century.

What we must analyze is why are our people leaving the lush and green of beautiful Ethiopia to foreign lands to subject themselves to niggerization. Perhaps this tragedy is asking us to recover our Ethiopianity and challenge and help our leaders to forge a new National Consciousness and rebuild our institutions to feed, shelter, clothe and employ our people by a means Show message history One such means is to free our people from the pangs of hunger and the ravishes of famine, so that they can stay home and develop the Ethiopian nation.

Our leaders must put our New House in Order by building responsible economic form, which must inculcate the virtues of patience, compassion, justice and tolerance among its citizens, from early on. These complicated and demanding virtues must be taught at all levels of school. It must be part of economic principles, and be taught as such, and not be pushed to the sidelines, as part of religion and theology, which does not have much to do with morals, and has nothing to do with economics. It is this dogma of capitalist economics that must change. 
 My argument here is a modest contribution to challenge one of the foundational dogmas of Liberal Democracy and Capitalism. The morals must guide economics and a new moral economy that works in concert with moral philosophy and religion is precisely what the Ethiopian condition requires.

More morality, with a distinct religious voice, such as the notion of patient waiting, will strengthen and expand our horizons as we struggle with poverty,famine and other sorrows of modern life. 
 We need more people who can patiently wait as everything changes, hopeful that no condition is permanent, including the conditions of nations, when their economies get distorted and the citizens are hardened and become cruel towards one another, and that the notion of helping your fellow citizens sounds indeed very strange, to those who are comfortable. Instead, during trying times, citizens do not patiently wait for things to change; instead, they give up altogether, or become irreligious and immoral. 
 Market Socialism must be guided by two foundational principles of justice relevant to the Ethiopian condition.

They are: 
(1) The procurement of food, shelter, clothing and health must be available to all Ethiopian citizens via making available (a) necessary resources and (b) enabling environment
(2) Freedom and opportunities must be extended to all citizens so as to enhance their capacities in order that they can actually make the right decisions.

The writer, Teodros Kiros is Professor of Philosophy and English (Liberal Arts)
Berklee College of Music

  1. Sebawinet
    | #1

    Professor, I am not clear what exactly is your point. Liberal or non-liberal there is no democracy in Ethiopia at all at the moment. That is what needs to change first. The right economic policy can not be formed on wrong political system. Political reform or change is what need to come first.

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    Let’s call a spade a spade. Compassion has no color, race or religion. This is not new — this time it happened to be the despicable Saudi criminals, but Ethiopians have been inhumanely mistreated by Woyanes for the last 22 years. Besides the country being robbed, sold and left landlocked, the hands of TPLF have been socked with the blood and sweats of millions of law abiding Ethiopians.
    Why did the TPLF Ambassador in Saudi Arabia with the size of Mosquito heart, apologized to Saudis that has committed horrific crimes on Ethiopians? What in the world caused TPLF to hate Ethiopians this much and to the point of sterilizing women permanently?
    The heartless Woyanes must stop looting and selling the country. And most importantly, TPLF must free all Ethiopian political prisoners. Free Eskinder, Reeyot, Andualem and the rest of tens of thousands innocent Ethiopian victims! May God watch over all Ethiopians and stop the TPLF madness and hatred.

  3. Anonymous
    | #3

    Let’s call a spade a spade. Compassion has no color, race or religion. This is not new — this time it happened to be the despicable Saudi criminals, but Ethiopians have been inhumanely mistreated by Woyanes for the last 22 years. Besides the country being robbed, sold and left landlocked, the hands of TPLF have been socked with the blood and sweats of millions of law abiding Ethiopians.
    Why did the TPLF Ambassador in Saudi Arabia with the size of Mosquito heart, apologized to Saudis that has committed horrific crimes on Ethiopians? What in the world caused TPLF to hate Ethiopians this much, even to the point of sterilizing women permanently?
    The heartless Woyanes must stop looting and selling the country. And most importantly, TPLF must free all Ethiopian political prisoners. Free Eskinder, Reeyot, Andualem and the rest of tens of thousands innocent Ethiopian victims! May God watch over all Ethiopians and stop the TPLF madness and hatred.

  4. tsedale
    | #4

    I saw an article how much saudi invest in our country, if that means they have to disrespect us, they can take it back, after all they invest for their own future so they can hire all the islam to manuplate the country resources not for ethiopia future we know that by your action how the arab world and others tried hard to fund our people to divide us. the world is coming to africa because they about to finish their resources and they like to grab the country resources that is all. do not try to full us in the name of help more than any thing do not full god. by the way when we help you 1400 years ago we did not disrespect you my people in the name of guest we respect other people more than ours that is so fullish now we know as my people say ethiopians are not afraid of death but afraid to be treated less than human. beleive me this will never set good in our people for a long long time to come.

  5. tsedale
    | #5

    I say Arbs need to give us africa back like egypt, libya, tunisa, moroco,
    egypt is in the bible, but dominated by arbs. talking about help us you have taken so much from africa do not even open your mouth to help or mistreat us, time is here you all pay for all suffering you put thru africa. the lord had enough specially when you mess with ethiopia

  6. sadie
    | #6

    It is funny how you hide some of the comment that was made, i will not comment on this page if you remove what you do not like,

  7. sadie
    | #7

    in the name of help even missionaries who they said god send them have done so much damage while they were teaching our kids in south, they were teaching them how ethiopia cololize oromo, and how bad they have been treated and more and more please people do not beleive this help business
    they all present for some damage. as far as i am know now they taking kids from gambela to teach them how ethiopia did wrong to them so they can come back and ask to separate from ethiopia so they can control the resources, our content is easy target, of course we can not go back they put their own pappet. and protect them.

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