Specific ways in which Somalis can fix itself; It’s the Somali lawmakers’ duty to put Somalia back in to working, secure, and law and order, and they have the power to do it, writes Editorial Note of Geeska Afriak Online.
By Sheiknor A Qassim; My condolences to the victims of Baidoa: Latest Opinion. What happened to this young boy is heartbreaking and it should be condemned to the core of our values. The citizens of Baydhabo have a right to self-expression through peaceful demonstrations. Suppressing freedom of expression and killing traditional elders highlights Sharif Hassan is opposed to his peoples’ efforts to take matters into their own hands and build a more secure and prosperous future for themselves.
The indigenous people of this region have suffered extensively from social exclusion and alienations that dates back to one century. They have been subjected to systematic abuses in the form of displacement of their land, squandering of their resources and blockage of fully participating in the economic, social and political life of the country. Although this image is very difficult to look, more importantly, it should underscore our personal responsibility to challenge those who are responsible and hold them accountable for their actions.
Sheiknor A Qassim
A Guide To Guest Columns On the future of Somali Brotherhood | By: Sheiknor A Qassim
1. Resilience. Keeping going even when things are looking dark; accepting that reversals are normal; remembering that human nature is, in the end, tough. Not frightening others with your fears.
2. Empathy. The capacity to connect imaginatively with the sufferings and unique experiences of another person. The courage to become someone else and look back at yourself with honesty.
3. Patience. We lose our temper because we believe that things should be perfect. We’ve grown so good in some areas (putting men on the moon etc.), we’re ever less able to deal with things that still insist on going wrong; like traffic, government, other people… We should grow calmer and more forgiving by getting more realistic about how things actually tend to go.
4. Sacrifice. We’re hardwired to seek our own advantage but also have a miraculous ability, very occasionally, to forego our own satisfactions in the name of someone or something else. We won’t ever manage to raise a family, love someone else or save the planet if we don’t keep up with the art of sacrifice.
5. Politeness. Politeness has a bad name. We often assume it’s about being ‘fake’ (which is meant to be bad) as opposed to ‘really ourselves’ (which is meant to be good). However, given what we’re really like deep down, we should spare others too much exposure to our deeper selves. We need to learn manners, which aren’t evil – they are the necessary internal rules of civilisation. Politeness is very linked to tolerance, the capacity to live alongside people whom one will never agree with, but at the same time, can’t avoid.
6. Humour. Seeing the funny sides of situations and of oneself doesn’t sound very serious, but it is integral to wisdom, because it’s a sign that one is able to put a benevolent finger on the gap between what we want to happen and what life can actually provide; what we dream of being and what we actually are, what we hope other people will be like and what they are actually like. Like anger, humor springs from disappointment, but it’s disappointment optimally channeled. It’s one of the best things we can do with our sadness.
7. Self-awareness. To know oneself is to try not to blame others for one’s troubles and moods; to have a sense of what’s going on inside oneself, and what actually belongs to the world.
8. Forgiveness. Forgiveness means a long memory of all the times when we wouldn’t have got through life without someone cutting us some slack. It’s recognizing that living with others isn’t possible without excusing errors.
9. Hope. The way the world is now is only a pale shadow of what it could one day be. We’re still only at the beginning of history. As you get older, despair becomes far easier, almost reflex (whereas in adolescence, it was still cool and adventurous). Pessimism isn’t necessarily deep, nor optimism shallow.
10. Confidence. The greatest projects and schemes die for no grander reasons than that we don’t dare. Confidence isn’t arrogance; it’s based on a constant awareness of how short life is and how little we ultimately lose from risking everything
Ahmed Abdikarim (facebook): Wel done.Baravo nostoro capo,for your nice and meaningful piece.Also as the SIPRO chairman we will never hesitate to hail your unwevearing and tireless leading role and undaunting wiseful contributions to the Forum since established.And me and my other respectiful members will not reseve any energy together to uphold the noble objectives of SIPRO in future.
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