Wake Up from your Madness
Mersea Kidan, March 24, 2010
Dear B Kassa Wubie,
I read your opinion that was posted on Fortune’s Opinion page. I appreciate your effort to convey your message in a seemingly civil manner. Considering the age you are at, it is one of the most civil opinions of your generation. But for my generation (I am 30 years old), it is merely an image tarnishing propaganda that is driven by the ego that pervasively infiltrated the minds and souls of your generation.
Having said that let me come to your seemingly civil but ill intended opinions. You started by drawing an image of Ato Lidetu as an Orator and a controversial person who is perceived as inconsistent and dishonest by Ethiopian people. There is no question that Ato Lidetu is an Orator, but only that doesn’t express him well. Anybody who knows him personally will tell you that he is an honest, upfront and a person of humility. No question that he also is smart and wise. What caught my attention in the above assertion of yours is the statement “generally perceived as inconsistent and dishonest to the Ethiopian people”. What a funny statement. I don’t blame you for making such a statement, because that is how your generation is doomed to think. What do you mean by Ethiopian people? Do you think Ethiopian people are homogeneous? I don’t perceive Ato Lidetu as inconsistent and dishonest, does that mean I am not an Ethiopian? Let me tell you Ato B Kassa, Ethiopian people are so diverse not only in culture and ethnicity but also on their political stands. And so your assertion doesn’t hold water. There is no question that there were and are many people who were misled by the propaganda and image tarnishing campaign, but, I bet you the truth shall set him victorious eventually.
Then you tried to analyze EDP’s so called “Third way”. I haven’t seen any more superficial analysis than yours. First the “Third way” is neither a hypothesis nor a theory or an ideology. It is merely an alternative means to achieve the visions of the party. You mentioned that neither the ruling party nor the opposition parties liked EDP’s “Third Way”. You are correct and that is why it is called “The Third Way”. Then you continue putting your wish as a fact that EDP’s Third Way is not accepted by the people. I don’t know what your sampling technique is but you definitely took it from the wrong population. It is a fact that is growing bolder and bolder that EDP and its Leader Ato Lidetu are regaining their deserved leadership status in the new generation.
Then as I was reading your opinion I reached to a point where you put a statement that explains your simplistic and naive analysis and conclusions. You wrote “I question how there could be a “third option” in a political arena where the game is to possess power or lose, to rule or be ruled.” Now I understand that you don’t even have the depth of thought to understand what the political struggle is for. You thought EDP or Ato Lidetu is doing all this to just win power. Well, I cannot blame you for thinking so for the reason that you are a member of “that generation” (“Ya Tiwuled”). But Ato B. Kassa, Allow me to help you raise your consciousness level to a higher level now. Here is the main reason for adopting “The Third Way”,… “To Change the rules of the game, by the rules of the game”…. To show you and the likes of you that there are millions of possibilities between winning and losing, to show that there are infinite points between 1 and 0, to show that there are infinite locations between north and south or east and west.
Ato B. Kassa, The duality is so simple for you to grasp so you want to define everything in that respect, but have you not seen where that simplistic approach of your generation have taken the country. Do you remember when EPRP and AESM (Ihapa & Meison) members were saying “There is no space between, with US or with THEM”, May be you are one of those people who were the perpetuators of this theory. I can definitely see that you are still victim of the simplistic duality theory on which Marxism dwells. Your simplistic theory of duality drove you to conclude that there is no such thing as “Third Way”. My brother, I tell you there is such thing as “Third Way” and even “Fourth Way” and Fifth and Sixth . . . infinite ways. For your dual mentality it is impossible to grasp. But if you open your mind and allow new ideas pour in, then you would understand it.
Your final statement “There is no such strategy as win-win in politics” is the ultimate evidence of the arrogance that has dominated the consciousness of your generation and that you are a victim of it. My friend, Yes, there is such thing as win-win strategy in politics when needs be. The elites of your generation have been pursuing the win-lose strategy only so far and what have they achieved? Hatred?, division?, poverty?, WAR?,. . .
In your opinion referring to EDP’s “rational and reasonable approach” you asked “Is that not what a rational (not mad) individual or society does?”
Here is my response to your question. Yes, That is what a rational individual or society does. But unfortunately you and most of your generation were not rational enough because you couldn’t think possibilities beyond duality. My favorite proverb of Albert Einstein goes “Insanity (Madness) is the act of doing the same thing again and again and expecting different result.” The theory of duality has been proven time and again to be a source of all the evils that have befallen our country in the past half century. And now you are suggesting that we should stick to it. What else can be labeled as Madness than that?
My brother B Kassa, I ask you to open your mind and emancipate yourself from the ego that is controlling your mind and allow yourself to see all the forth coming possibilities. If you do that, I will for sure tell you that you will be able to see that EDP and its Leader Ato Lidetu are the pioneers of politics of tolerance that will entertain not only “The Third Way” but as many as there could be.
With Kindest Regards,