Self-determination is a right, not an obligation!

Self-determination is a right, not an obligation!
If the neo-nafxanyaa Ethiopian elite (and ultra-right Amhara nationalists) hate to administer themselves, that is their right.
If they don’t want to enjoy or exercise their right to self-determination, they can renounce it.
If they don’t want to speak, write, and develop their language, they can do so at their convenience.
If they don’t want to enjoy, express, and cherish their culture, no one can force it upon them.
If they don’t want to write, preserve, and pass their history on to posterity, they are entitled to do so–especially if amnesia serves them best.
But it does not make sense for them to say, as they have always been doing, that the other peoples of Ethiopia should not:
1) administer themselves;
2) exercise their right to self-determination;
3) use their languages;
4) enjoy their cultures; or
5) write, preserve, and teach their histories.
For them to deny these rights to others is not only an indecent over reach; it is a flagrant act of wanting to dominate them. Likewise, for them to do so in the name of ‘unity’ or ‘love of country’ is an imperious act of denying liberty (in relation to their collective rights) and equality-in-dignity to the other peoples of Ethiopia. To do so is nothing but denying equality in the polity. To claim that unity is achieved only if the other peoples renounce what is their own only to replace it with the language, culture, history of the Amhara is simply a vulgar proposition. It is an act of misrecognizing their own privilege and promoting the supremacy of their own identity markers. That ought to be rejected outrightly.
It is one thing to dislike equality, or even to renounce one’s own rights. It is another to deny the co-equal humanity of others. It is untenable–in fact totally unacceptable–to denounce others’ rights in order to promote one’s superiority. If you hate self-determination, renounce it. But do no more. Because you can’t.
(By Dr. Tsegaye R. Ararssa)

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  1. We Ethiopians got two personalities. One is the humble personality which we show towards our elders and the second personality is the bully personality we show towards the youngers. Most are trained to accept since childhood that bulying whoever they consider is younger age than them is their right , as they also consider being bullied by whoever is older than them is their responsibility. This bullyism trend created so much secret attacks and sabotages which led to the civil war and negativity perpetrated by those who try to escape the bullies attack , they can not openly oppose the bullies because Ethiopia’s societal hierarchy encourages the older even if it is one year older to bully the younger. Be it in a family setting , in a school , neighborhoods or any other place the younger is constantly having to come up with new sneaky attack methods to save itself from the older bully’s attacks. In most cases the younger knows attacking first is the best form of defence. That is why it is almost impossible to find out who is attacking who and serve justice because in most cases the attacks are coming from the least expected directions.

    This bullyism is a little different when it comes to how the women/mothers in Ethiopia practice it . Older Women bully younger women and the older woman also got the authority to bully the children the younger woman has. The younger woman treats the children of the older woman with such especial care and respect because they are the children of a woman who is older than her. This usually results in unconditional right for the older woman’s first born son child to become a leader “የጎበዝ አለቃ” over all men younger than him in his surroundings. Even though he is not fit for the position he just automatically gets it and bullies everyone , giving unreasonable orders. This spoiled leader is usually the person who abuses his power “ውሀ ቅዳ ውሀ መልስ” and all other type of ridiculous demeaning oppression which will eventually back fire from the very people who he bragged about to be their leader. With investigators usually failing to find out that things are back firing at the so called leader with no court really knowing how to serve justice in such conditions that is why የተገፋው ከምንም ጊዜ በላይ አምርርዋል right now Ethiopians should consciously stop bullying before it destroys each and every last of the people in Ethiopia. Be it your close family member , close friend , someone you fully thrust it does not matter honors bullying because you don’t know how seriously the one at the receiving end is firing back. Parents need to stop others from bullying their children too. We are seeing the consequences in our own eyes right now violence becoming a norm because of the giving orders addiction and he bullyism addiction Ethiopians got.

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