WithUsOrAgainstUs

RISING NUMBERS GOT ME THINKING . . .

Hello Friends: Here is a Guestpost by Rediet Yibekal on the Repression of Freedom of Speech, Lack of Moderation, and rampant Extremism in Ethiopian Politics from both the Government and the Opposition side; and why Ethiopia must provide a buffer zone for moderate voices to thrive so that to loosen the tension between two or more extreme sides or political contenders. Rediet argues:  I do not fully encourage ultra-liberalism, but I will fully endorse…

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Knowledge vs Wisdom

Knowledge is for mind Wisdom for spirit When both are combined We harvest more than good But when the two fall apart We may act blind Heartless and cold Knowledge may be power But wisdom is a healer Watch “The Birth of a Nation” Which transformed cinematic future But then left behind a horrific scar By glorifying a spiteful Klan By openly endorsing injustice as fair One may be intelligent…

My Future Ethiopia

Hello Friends, Here is a guest post by Rediet Yibekal Wegayehu who currently is a candidate of Masters in Global Studies at University of Gotenburg, Sweden. Enjoy! :)  *** My future Ethiopia By Rediet Yibekal Wegayehu Growing up in a family where I used to cherish my great grandparents, I have always been keen to help others. I know the feeling to help and get a smile on the other person’s face.…

Your kindness

It is your kindness that wins my soul that destroys my anger and my disdain. It’s your kindness that keeps my blood cool that stabs my ego and my deep vein. It’s your kindness that makes me forgive that heals my sharp pain and my torment. It’s your kindness that reminds me of love that prevents hate from invading my heart. Ah, your kindness, how it penetrates my invisible walls…

“Got any quarters?”

Every day or night I encounter three or four homeless persons in the street, asking me for a quarter or more. My heart aches, sinks, knowing it has gotten used to them, and passes ignoring their usual demand for changes, awkwardly responding, sorry, I’ve got no changes. My mind, however, has no problem judging them without even offering one cent; why must I pay for their addictions? It questions. I…

Falun Dafa

Half of my thanksgiving day was spent in NYC; a portion and the rest of it on a chinatown bus and in Boston.  While in transition, I learned about Falun Dafa (Falun Gong)—a traditional Chinese self-cultivation practice to improve mind and body; you should check it out. Sadly, it’s banned in China and its practitioners are horrifyingly persecuted (according to reports, some of the horrifying crimes against the practitioners include harvesting their…

My revolution …

My revolution is never believing in damnation, but evolving, growing, maturing with you, my imagination. My revolution is fighting against superficiality. My revolution is defeating my weakness, my stupidity, my do-nothing mentality, and my insecurity. My revolution involves not blood. My revolution is not rejecting or embracing god. My revolution is craving for originality, becoming a creator, and not dying a miniature. You can judge my madness, or my femininity. You…