This is a small letter that I have sent to a face book friend of mine some time ago, though he did not reply to me or comment on it which the meaning of it is not yet known. I decided to post it on my blog. Those who have read it don’t be bored by it!
A society that does not invest in education, science, technology, the arts and cultural development, and refuses to respect, value, request and use ideas and visions of its learnt citizens is destined to live in tyranny and darkness with no clear direction to the future. Such a society is like a group of people on a ship cruise in a vast and turbulent sea of no horizon, where at times the direction they were sailing is changed by a sea storm and lost, with no professional sailors on board , no compass to guide and retain their direction. Imagine how many years then it will take for such a group not only to get to shore but to see a horizon of a land mass. Learnt citizens have professional, better training and specific skills, methods and procedures to study, look, analyze, create models of problems that are either social, political or economic, and find solutions. That is why developed nations put a huge amount of their wealth for higher learning schools and research institutes and grow fast, steadily and consistently, while in the contrary, underdeveloped countries spent much of their wealth in training a huge army and police force, expanding prisons instead of universities and schools, buying weapons instead of computers, to control, and starve the minds of thinking individuals by denying the freedom to learn, reason, think, express and write ideas that are vital to the society now and to the future and literally suffocating their own society to death.
It is therefore those concerned citizens and groups who have the financial resources to establish media outlets or have one, should always invite professionals from fields that can provide a timely, correct and important information and at times knowledge to the society so that they make better and informed decisions to their lives and build a better society that is at par with well to do others.
I wrote this note to you, because yesterday, I heard you questioning from your Face Book posting, where are the intellectuals and learnt citizens of Ethiopia? Why they do not give ideas and directions as to what the society has to do and should look? You are absolutely correct. I can list few and I hope you know them as well more than me, that there are many such concerned learnt citizens who write and express their heartfelt wishes and reason justified ideas on a regular and casual basis in different websites regarding Ethiopia and its current state of troubles. It is therefore those who have media outlets that they have to find such people and invite them to provide and share ideas and information that are important, timely and vital to the society in a regular basis.
To your surprise, I am a mathematics professor but participate in such matters and even have a blog site for this purpose.
If you have not read my blog then I invite you to visit and read what I think and say.
Dejenie Alemayehu Lakew (PhD)