By Sadik Aanood
Science may have found a cure for most ailments; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all which is the one that is dragging Somalia back — the apathy of human beings.
A few months down the line, I had a rather casual conversation with one of my friends. I asked him what sounded like a simple question at the time but, it actually left him quite startled for a long time before he responded it. The question was, ‘ why would someone become indifferent towards an action that can help him improve his life?’
But unfortunately he answered my question with a question.
A decent contemplating individual would argue that my question was precise and self-explanatory but, to cut along heated discussion short, I began to clarify him in a layman’s language. I never thought a person of his caliber would respond to me like he did. But we are humans after all.
Greed has poisoned our souls, it has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We failed to fulfill what we are being created for or I suspect we don’t even know our mission on this planet. Our knowledge has made us cynical.
Today Somalia’s problem is not regionalism, federalism, drought, relativism, insurgencies, traitors or external influences. But It’s rather the mother of all these- human indifference. There is nothing worse than an indifferent individual. Indifference breeds all calamities.
We all want someone else to step up and fix our problems. Benjamin franklin once said: “those who give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”.
Unfortunately, that is who we became. None of us want to go back and give back today, because we purchased our liberty for temporary safety. We feel comfortable in our cozy offices that we have forgotten our root. Even if we are not changing it for ourselves, let’s at least change it for our children.
The great English comic actor Charlie Chaplin once said in his final speech of the film The great dictator: ‘”Our cleverness made us hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness and knowledge we need kindness and gentleness”. Today his great speech is valid as it was 75 years ago. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
Try to consider this in a minute. Close your eyes in a minute. Dare to dream. Think of a wonderful future in which Somalia is a beautiful country. We are compassionate and caring society. We are the beacon of courage and integrity. We have eradicated the scourge of poverty, tribalism, relativism, classism and regionalism. Poor governmental service is a thing in the past. We lead the world in many areas of business and technology. Our air is unpolluted and our sleep undisturbed.
Yes. We can achieve all of this and even more, as other countries have done before us! And why not? We have all the ingredients, talents, resources, expertise and the appetite to create a recipe for success. It’s only that we have forgotten it’s our divine responsibility to work together towards a better Somalia. I call upon my concerned fellow Somalis who would like to change the current image of our country to join me in this fight.
We must stand together now; shoulder by shoulder in mutual support and in reverence for our land. It’s our corporate responsibility to earn our freedom. Remember we (youth) are the symbol of dynamism, growth and development. We should see ourselves as the real agents and saviors of Somalia.
We are not 100% of the country’s population but in fact we are 100% of its future. Changing your countries destiny doesn’t mean you have to become a leader or a politician. No. spreading the goodwill message for the greater good is all I am asking. Let’s become ambassadors and diplomats for our country. Let’s wake up and be counted.
My final message is, BE THE CHANGE THAT YOU ASPIRE.
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