What is Wrong with US?
What is wrong with us? May 2010
“Such an abrupt change of life encourages thinking about the next stage.
I was pleased when I developed a kind of three-point plan that gives me
direction. Now I ask myself, when I’m doing something in my work:
Is it relating to point one? Is it relating to point two? Is it relating to
point three? If it’s not relating to any of those, then I’m wasting my time.”
(FRANK WILCZEK, Nobel Prize in Physics (2004)*
A Point of Concern for Reflection (Part I)
Decades are gone, regimes have changed but there is no progress in the
democratic process of the Ethiopian Community.
Normally when ideologies fail, organizations crumble, unless there is some
“primordial” disposition holding them together, affiliated through a “communion
of fate” /Schicksalsgemeinschaft/ based either on a camouflaged
ulterior (teleological) purpose emanating out of some “faith and philosophy” with
an objective of a certain totalitarian system or a similar political substance with a
“nationalist” colour or even an apparent pseudo-aristocratic new ideological
model. The former Eastern Block is still a living example how
actually ideologically devoid organizations and parties crumble, though some are
again reviving anew or restructured with similar old or new political objectives.
Why is thus, the political-organizational (including the leaderships) metamorphosis
in Ethiopia rather the same during the last decades, in spite of a tremendous global
ideological shift? Given the simple political contours which would be relevant, it is
beyond common sense to explain the never ending sectionalism and divisive
propensity of the active Ethiopian polity. Is it only something of that Phenomena like
“the false dasein” / “non-authenticity” at the individual leadership level? Or more?
What is it that hinders our political development from taking the path of some new
African States, like South Africa or today Ghana etc. or even Zimbabwe’s opposition?
Given the academic sufficient high level standard of their various leaderships, the
ethnic diversity etc. in Ethiopia is not a strong argument. Religion, Ideology and/or
social-psychology at the individual level are all relevant but perhaps not
fundamental, since otherwise the significant political demarcations would have run
along these lines and we could have experienced a new organizational political
stability. The political stratification of the Ethiopian Elite is as simple as in any other
modern political landscape with similar political development of the last decades.
However, without going to details, be it the political spectrum with leftist legacy or a
social-democratic content or those with classical conservative values, the political
organizational outcome does not run in accordance with the possible political
content. WHY? As unhappy, unaware or even as a victim of the “political imperative”
as they could be, are most of the minds buried in the onto-historical nature of power
(in its ugliest mod-us) and have lost their capacity for reflection?…
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