Liberation is Breaking the “Mimesis Patterns” (Part II)
“Make it simple but not less simple” (Einstein).
There is no controversy about the fact that Birtukan Mideksa, is the wonderful icon of the Ethiopian opposition. However, given all the sufferings she and all political prisoners have endured on our behalf, the Violence done to Her by Melesse and Co., has nothing to do with Her in Person and is not meant as such. IT is rather “designed” with a far–fetched historical significance for the Ethiopian Nation at large and it is in particular meant to break the moral courage of the whole Ethiopian new generation. In other words, the new generation has, I think to be fully aware of the fact that the author of this “play” is not only the Autocratic Regime of Melesse and Co. but there is a lot more to IT. This regime is just the vulgar representative of the whole “obscure box“, working against the Ethiopian Enlightenment. In this context, I believe that Rene Girard‘s Mimesis Theory is of paramount significance. Please take a breath and your time to look at the following relevant paper on “Human Rights Crisis” and the source of “Human Violence“:-
HUMAN RIGHTS IN CRISIS. IS THERE NO ANSWER TO HUMAN VIOLENCE?(1*
A Cultural Critique in Conversation with Rene Girard and Raymund Schwager
Peter Robert Stork, M.eng (Germany), M.A. (theol).
For the information of the reader, TRUE– I was quite for a while convinced by Rene Girard‘s Mimesis Theory on the “origin and metamorphosis of human violence” – A theory, which at best can explain our “tragedy” (cf. s. post; Break the “Mimesis Patterns“). Nevertheless, outraged by the violence done to “Birtukan” personifying the new Ethiopian generation struggling for democracy and progress, it was not prior to yesterday, while I was looking for a relevant discussion on Mimesis Theory, that I came across the above work of research.
The Paper “argues that the human rights crisis is neither an accident nor a shortfall in techniques of implementation, but reflects the subconscious and collective structure of civilization (in my perception “civilization” is meant here -“the west“, “our friends” and the “adoptive parents” of Melesse‘s Regime; my comment). Following a description of the crisis, this investigation examines the nature of human violence, especially the contagious manner in which it works at the root of the crisis, offering understanding where conventional anthropological reflections fall short. The study argues with Girard, that vengeance and retribution resonate deeply with the human psyche and easily evoke an archaic image of the divine. While this arouses moral protest in the post-modern mind, we meet here one of the fundamental issues mimetic theory elucidates, namely that it is on account of such an unconscious image of the “sacred” that vengeful violence has remained for so long a determining element in human history.” (cf. Human Rights In Crisis: Is there no answer to Human Violence?; Abstract p. iii; http://dlibrary.acu.edu.au/digitaltheses/public/adt-acuvp127.25102006/02whole.pdf)
As mentioned above, the paper is new for my library and I don‘t share any kind of its ideological religious promotions and any connotations of its radical religious touch, it may include. I am therfore aware of the necessity of a critical reading it may require. But, nevertheless it is the radical “anthropological critique of the western culture, in the context of the “human rights crisis” pertaining to the global as well as the Ethiopian post-modernist political activities; – based on the Mimesis Theory of Rene Girard, which in my perception, makes the latter, relevant to the enlightenment process of the Ethiopian community.
Following and aware of this discourse ( Rene Girard) I therefore think, any political discussion along the content or “authenticity” of the so-called “Pardon” is absurd and anachronistic.
Instead, I believe that:
Liberation is breaking the “mimesis patterns” (cf. Mimesis Theory, Rene Girard) by simply embracing the “scapegoat“and the “sacrifice” with an unconditional love and faith.
At this stage the biggest set–back and blunder the Ethiopian Non–Violent Opposition would encounter is doubting the spiritual Will and the integrity of the “Sacrifice“; i.e. to fall into the political trap of the counterparts, as archaic/primitive (specially for the so-called “friends and mediators“) as it may sound in our modern world, which the latter, the “West” /”the friends” of “Birtukan“/ and the Ethiopian Autocracy have designed, to resolve their presumable “conflict” and to go ahead with “business as usual“.
The “mimesis patterns” as applied to the current affairs here in the Ethiopian Democratic Movement are: A –The Ethiopian Autocracy; B –the West/”the friends and mediators“; C –Birtukan /the “Sacrifice“/ incorporating the Democratic Movement.