Africa Is Not The Foster Child Of Its Children And Must Not Be Left To The Mercy Of Its “Caretakers” In The West!
If Africa as a unified continent and Ethiopia as an independent nation are to thrive, the need to reiterate (even memorize in the form of “Psalms“) the following statement is a must, it is the only meaningful path to a meaningful continental emancipation. The currently dominant narrative – that nations could develop if and only if they keep repeating the mantra of the regime in power (which in the final analysis is nothing more than the toil of Sisyphus) – is nothing more than an idiot proof that keeps us rolling in the muck. The message, in the form of a warning, comes from my allusions to a recent book by Doris Brothers entitled Toward a Psychology of Uncertainty: Trauma-Centered Psychoanalysis in which she wrote:
“Without the ability to remember past events and experiences, the creation of life narratives would be virtually impossible. “
As such, the contemporary continent-wide state-sponsored attempts to confabulate the national collective memories of the people of respective nations of the continent in light of the myopic democratic “endeavours”, organized efforts to “breed” conformists could never have a meaningful promise in it let alone putting the continent on the right track to, what I call “Western Luxuries” like democracy, development, peace, security, human rights…etc. The futile attempts of the regimes in power, to borrow Foucault’s phrase, to discipline and punish, would always lead to the same outcome – the creation of a fragmented society.
Till our African regimes master the art and science of negotiating with their sadomasochistic “Western Allies“, in a manner that allows them a sense of equality we once had in history, there could never be whatever our regimes in power promise us to deliver. They could only amount to a pile of wishful thinking.
Per se, a nation’s development in line with the continental class it belongs always is dependent on that particular nation’s organized efforts to look back in time, not evade it as if it never existed. The government needs to make peace with the history of the state – of the people, who are the fundamental foundational basis of the state- it is leading. Coming to terms with the past together with ensuring generational continuity of the people of Africa is the only way forward. Or else we will keep getting back to the beginning, to the timeline where we were Hippos, rolling in the mud instead of developing a scheme (on our own instead of the Western advisors we embed in our mind for no reason other than self-serving unwillingness to think for ourselves) that would enable us search for the souls we have lost, we have killed and we are harrowing, deep in our own selves, in our own collective conscience than in the literary democracy of our creditors – the nations of Western Europe we made ourselves believe without sufficient grounds are the beacons of hope, the future of humanity and the apex of human civilization. Can anyone tell me what has been going on in America for the last 200 years of its existence? Where are the Native Americans, the Black Africans in American Politics? Where are the Celtics in the politics of the UK? What’s the place of the Roma and the Basque in the EU or the members states that founded it?
If we keep indulging in unquestionable obedience of our comrades in the West and mimicking the so-called “Asian Miracles” though they are no miracles except for the one who demands a liberal political recipe in his country our of the ether, our lives hang on the balance, we will be estranged on the tightrope we have created for ourselves but couldn’t cross let alone stand on it with relative ease and balance. It is a must that we stop committing our times and lives to being and becoming con-artists, for our very existence depends of what we do about our issues.
Plus, we may speak the languages of the Westerners but we will never be their countrymen. We may speak French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, even Neoliberalism, Periodic Elections, Free Market, Privatization..etc but the eternal impossibility of assuming nativity in such foreign manner of parlance is obvious.
As the Ancient Egyptian proverb goes, “The seed cannot sprout upwards without simultaneously sending roots into the ground.“