Ethiopian needs a Spiritual Warrior as a leader By Teodros Kiros

November 22nd, 2010

Desperate times need leaders who lead us through compassion and understanding,
and not leaders who inflame our passions and ignite our prejudices by refusing
to forgive and forget.

Ethiopia is yearning for the arrival of a messiah, in the form of a spiritual
warrior, a warrior who leads by forgiving, a warrior who wishes total strangers
health in body and mind, a warrior who instructs that we must learn how to love
and how to wish others to live in ease.

This spiritual warrior combines the moral purity of a good person, with the
astuteness of a psychologist, who is profoundly aware of the imperative of
nurturing peaceful citizens who can think clearly because their souls are in
order. The internal interaction among reason, courage and desire is in perfect
balance, and their everyday lives are in ease, their minds and bodies are in
good health, and they understand love and its dangers. Such citizens hate
lightly but love deeply.

In these turbulent times, we Ethiopians must look deep into our rational hearts
and think about our beloved Ethiopia and its traumatized population,
particularly the poors, who spend their nights gazing at stars and getting
burned by a nothingness, which does not speak, the quiet nights, which oppress
through their stillness, when the rich and powerful are driving on the ring
highways and drinking away with thirteen year olds at our marbled hotels and

The spiritual warrior as a leader knows the interiors of pain, the corrosive
effects of prejudice and leads by helping the citizens to confront the drone
inside and seek spiritual healing.

Reconciliation, for example, is an attempt at self-purification; it is a very
difficult but necessary step at moving forward from frozenness in hate,
suspicion and mistrust towards the sunlight of loving the other, who is your
other part, the part that non-spiritual warriors have fostered into un enemy.
The Spiritual warrior can outsmart the material warrior, who is dividing us,
and invite him to the spiritual table of communicative rationality.

A new spiritual warrior can change this situation, and we ordinary Ethiopians
can help her by wishing every living Ethiopian good health in mind and body,
the right to live in ease, and the ability to love profoundly.

I challenge us all to be existentially serious and not let the DDT of Ethnicity
destroy our historical Ethiopia.

Teodros Kiros
Professor of Philosophy and English (Liberal Arts)
Berklee College of Music

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