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Negarit 64: ከደምቲ ስልጣን – The Sultan’s Servants – خدم السلطان

The following is the source for Negarit 64  at Youtube channel 

* Are divine beings Hitmen, Askhker, or a militia army?
* What is the smallest unit of a society? Can we respect and  care for a society if we do not respect and care for the individual units, be it large segments or citizens?
* What’s the much abused meaning of “Liberal Democracy”!

I am sure you have seen Mafia movies and read stories of criminals and organized crime syndicates. Usually when the boss wants to punish an individual, to silence others, to make an example for the society to fall in line, he orders a brutal follower to go and kill a certain individual. The servant carries the order religiously.

In countries with some semblance of rule of law, if the culprits are caught, they could face punishment. If not, they can continue wreaking havoc in the society because they are protected by their fellow gangsters and their criminal organizations.

Now, we see people who claim to be religious, praying to God to finish off a certain segment of a society—anta Amlakh, gb abellom, aTfaayom, etc. Strangely, they expect God to listen to and respond to their evil prayers. They think they have a hitman sitting in the sky to do their bidding. I wonder how people conceive a criminal act and expect God to execute their wish. What kind of God do they worship? A killer? A brutal being waiting for their instructions?

I do not want to go into the metaphysical or spiritual aspects of prayers, wishes, … and how we perceive they will be accomplished. But I have no respect for ill-wishers.

Human beings explain the prayers in many ways, some palatable others not so. For example, one explanation is, that if people face draughts and they pray for rain, they supplicate, such a state of mind creates a positive energy that makes people less violent, less unfair, and a little more just. In such cases, prayers could be answered (this doesn’t concern the atheists because I am talking about the majority of our people who are believers)

INTERMISSION: many people asked me where they can my book “Miriam was Here”. Now you can find the Tigrinya translation of “Miriam was Here” at semayat.com, a bookstore owned by an Eritrean.

The Sultan’s Servants, Serving authority

Last week a priest was attacked while praying at the door of a church in Tel Aviv, Israel. No one should doubt his commitment; he woke up early to pray alone, believing that God will listen to him.  Then some gangsters attacked him, they brutally stabbed him nine times. He didn’t even try to defend himself, though it would have been fruitless since it is difficult to wrestle three young blocks, one of whom looks like the Wall Street bull.

I am not sure of their motive, but I can guess they were defending a sort of a church with a regional god, or a partisan, or a sectarian god. Probably they think it is fine to kill a human being for the sake of their “cult god”!

We see people wreaking havoc in societies believing they are doing god’s bidding. They expect to be rewarded by god because they protected Him, His church, or His chosen segment among the people—the others do not belong to God! And they expect to be accepted in heaven in the afterlife.

Speaking for myself, I do not want to be in a heaven together with such people—they can live there alone. I do not share their belief in the imaginary being they worship because the god of their illusion is not the god that sane believers worship.

The god that the demented have created in their mind doesn’t exist. If the real God wants to kill people, he can do it in many ways; holy books tell us how he can eradicate millions in a second. Do they think He needs their help to kill a lonely priest in front of a door? Do they think he needs their help to kill a father and husband riding a cycle in the streets of Tel Aviv?

Some of you either believe in the Darwinian philosophy or that your ancestors were Apes. Good for you. Abrahamic religions believe Adam, the man that God created of clay, and Eve, who was created out of Adam’s rib bone, were the ancestors of all humanity. In both cases, the Adam and Eve family, or the Ape family, grew to 7 billion human beings in our time.

In the beginning, human beings needed food the most and gradually they evolved from hunter gatherers to settled communities, clans, tribes, and “Ethnic Groups” as the per the PFDJ “holy book”, and finally reached the era of nation states. It was only through enlightened philosophies that human beings started to respect and care for one other. People who recognize that the basic element of a nation state is the individual citizen, have prospered. Those who didn’t respect the individual, are still lagging behind.

Modernity requires that all units of a society are recognized as having equal stake, rights, and obligation. And they are rewarded, or otherwise, based on a legally defined, agreed upon criteria—in this case, a codified law or the constitution as a sort of a social contract. Now let’s remember there are people bogged down in primitive thoughts and they contemplate a nation state under the supremacy of a group that they feel comfortable with. But different people have different comfort zones which might not be in sync with the comfort zone of others. A never-ending cycle of confrontation starts and that is where we (and most Third World countries) are in. Worse, unenlightened societies, with brutal leaders, fail to grasp the tested path of success that has helped the West reach to where it is. Primitive, crooked paths have kept other nations in backwardness, never-ending destitution, and want–even if they are endowed with enviable natural and human resources. The main misfortune is that the insane become leaders and advance primitive thoughts that do not relate to the present, at all.

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The basic foundation of a nation

Let’s see two example that influence many people. A Muslim and a Christian example. Both so-called religious leaders are the same and they are the main culprit of the destruction many countries are living through. The two want citizens to be loyal servants of the ruler, preaching blind obedience to the ruler (guardian) “even if you see him on television while fornicating and doing anything for half an hour.” The importance of the citizen is not in their mind.

Another one says, leaders are elected by god, it is His wish, and disobeying the leader is disobeying God. We know that Abyssinian kings carried the title “Elect-of-God”, a twisted view that has corrupted the culture for too long. Here also, the importance of the citizen is not in the mind of these so-called priests and sheikhs.

In a nutshell, that is what ails our society because we give so-much importance to dishonest “religious leaders” most of whom are illiterate, primitive, corrupt, cowards, and selfish. We have to reject such destructive preaching that’s been going on in our churches and mosques every day. These people are not qualified to talk about compassions, alms, kindness, and the basic religious values let alone modern politics. And we have to find our own way, far from the corrupted teachings of these people.

If a citizen is not respected, the entire society collapses, and though corrupt and paranoid leaders, and impressionable societies attribute their failure on others, mostly on foreign intervention, it’s their own failure. People also attribute their failure to the anger of God—don’t the holy books say, do you part and God will help you?

Humanity should not be brutal and when a crime or injustice happens, they claim it is God’s wish. It’s your deed because, as most believers know, people have minds inside their skulls and they are responsible for the good and the bad and bad decisions and deeds in their lives.

If you disrespect and abuse a citizen, the entire edifice of the nation falls apart. As delicate as it is, the basic building block of a prosperous society, or a nation, is the individual, the citizen who should not be abused at all. That I believe, is the way to prosperity, stability, and a good life. It’s the only way that leads a nation to a prosperous, rational, and successful life. And that, can only be achieved through a secular system where people govern themselves and do not use the divine being as a scapegoat.

According to the democratic peace theory, “liberal democracies do not wage wars against one another.

So, those who want to secure the superiority of their group, sect, ethnicity, or any other segmentation, promote religion as a main collective mover, do so on their own. Don’t  ever claim it is the wish of God. The rest of you, think of what ails our society and find the answer on your own.

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of awate.com. Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism Awate.com was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of awate.com is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • Haile S.

    Selam Saleh,

    Good to see you as God’s-advocate or righteousness-advocate as we atheists like to say. A preacher like you is what is missing these days in the various temples. While the believers are masticating your words, let me start with few comments & questions from my perspective.
    – You sound one of us እልልልል:-) 🙂 🙂 !
    – I assure your interdiction holds, I didn’t pray.
    – You are right to condemn those who attribute their action to Gods will. But isn’t religions history and expansion replete with such belief and fervour. Otherwise religions wouldn’t have expanded this fast and this wide. Just to cite something closer to us, when Ezana became a christian and wanted to register his loot and spoils on stone, he started his sentence በእንተ እግዚኦ ሰማይ “in the name of the one who lives in the sky”. እግዚኦ ሰማይ came to assure Ezana victories over his enemies and non-enemies alike. That is what Gods are-for whether Ares, Mehrem or እግዚኦ ሰማይ. እግዚኦ ሰማይ exists to give a helping hand to እግዚኦ ምድር.
    – Even those innocentis who don’t use spears and knives still terrorizze us saying if you are not of our religious denomination, you are going to go to hell for ever. Gods hands and words are the instruments of those who seek torturre on their fellows. The bible says you will be judged by your deeds and conducts, but our silent tormentors say, just being their member gives you a license to heaven while you are still here, ኣነ ድኣ ተቐቢለ እንድየ፡ ድሒነ እንድየ, goes their talk. Otherwise, the one who saved them will destroy you, you who don’t obey them (not him). It is not God who is God, they are! Their perfect psychotherapy paid through “psycho-depression” on their fellow being! Like you said I better go to hell than to heaven with such people.
    – Lets say creation happened. Why did then God created Apes, Gorilla, Chimpanzee and other animals in our image? To boost our ego, to make us think and sin with evolutionary theories? He buried Dinosaur fossils in the sandy sediments so that we can easily dig them-out and delude ourselves with discoveresque satisfaction. Truly this God likes to experiment and play with our intelligence starting with our ancestors, Adam & Eve by interdicting them not to eat the fruit of knowledge because he didn’t want to have the headaches that he has now. We wouldn’t have been born if they obeyed him 100%. Fortunately the sneaky snake did it just to screw God. Thanks to the forked tongue, spermis and eggis met and here we are multiplying like flying termites. So wouldn’t you say Long Live Sin?

    P.S. I will check what have on the religious controversies.

    • Saleh Johar

      HaileS,
      That’s funny. Are you sure you want me as a preacher of religion? I suggest you think again, and again, and again until you drop the idea.
      I do not want to go on your path, you damned atheist:-)

      Let me tell you this: see, even if you say you are an atheist, you have a Christian upbringing, a culture, an identity. You can shed your belief to the bone but you will always be treated like a Christian and bear every stereotype that befalls Christians. The same with me, I will be treated as a Muslim whatever my belief is. So, as a cultural identity we cannot escape it. Try being an atheist (and declare it openly) in our neighborhood and you will be pelted with stones until you run to France and never consider leaving it again.

      My interest in religion is derived from that aspect–its political and cultural ramification. And I am convinced there are many murky areas that need to be said loudly until people start to believe on the choices of individuals and shun mythology and superstition as tools of intellectual discussion. That I believe is the hindrance which manifested itself in the mayhem we witness. And since we are a product of our heritage, our bias, our prejudice and fear, which in our region is all laced with folklore, mainly of religious nature, I find the topic on my plate and I have to indulge myself 🙂 That is my interest in history, mainly in religious history. But with your encouragement, I might consider being ordained a priest of sorts 🙂 Then you are to blame.

      • Paulos

        Selam Ayay,

        What you just said [“My interest in religion is derived from that aspect–its political and cultural ramifications”] is deep and profound and will try to comment on it this weekend for I am pretty tied up till then, God willing that is. Hailat, ሕርር ዳ’ኣበል yea you heard me right– again I say, God willing 😂.

        • Haile S.

          Selam Paul,

          I saw you right hand index finger and thumb joined reaching your Adam’s apple :-). At the end you and መሃንድሻ don’t have choice, you are ending with me. There is more fun. Anyway, heaven is already filled. Read Apocalypse chapter 14 “…. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth….”.

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            I believe that is the sign language for ሕርር ዳኣ’በል.

            Here is a contradiction in terms, if the Christian life calls for a selfless life, one is expected to give up his or her place in heaven for someone else as well. With that polemic argument in mind, I am hoping a pious Awatista will give up his place in heaven for me—if Heaven is already full that is. Fantination, hope you’re reading my comment 😂.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Aya Haile S.
            The Jehovah witnesses have solved the 144,000 limit conundrum.

          • Paulos

            ሰላም ፍትውትን ክብርትን ሓፍተይ,

            እዚ ኹሉ ግዜ ጠፊኤ ኔረስ: ኣበይ’ዳኣ ጠፊእካ ወይካኣ እንኳዕ ብዳሓን መጻእካ ኣይትብልንን’ዲኺ? እንታይ በዲለ?

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Dotore
            I am getting ready to take note from your promised weekend contribution. እንተ ናይ ምጥፋእ እሞ ኣይ ዓዲ ምልእቲ እንድያ ጠፊኣ ዘላ ምኣስ በይንኻ ኮይንካ።

          • Paulos

            ኣቲ! ካብ በልክስ ዳሓን፣ I actually thought I was an exception in your book to the very least ☺. ክብረት ይሃበለይ for the comforting words nonetheless.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰላማት ዓዋተ

            እህም ኣይትዛረብ ንድዩ ዘዛርበኒ
            ሎምስ ከኣ ናይ ገነት ቦታይ ከተሕድጉኒ
            ዶተረ ሎምስ ድማ ብደወይ ከተሽክዓኒ
            ጠሪሱ ነይመስለኒ

            ባሻይ ጆሃር መራሒ ሃይማኖት
            ኣነ ይቃወም ኣለኹ ብስርዓት
            ወጺአ ኣብ ናይ ዓዋተ-ቅርዓት
            ይብል ኣለኹ ብዝባን እሱራት

            ደሓርከ ቆቢዑ ክቕይር
            ሓንቲ መጽሓፍ ጥራይ ከንብብ ክጅምር

            ኣብ ገዳም ምስ ኣተወ ሸያይጡ ንብረት
            [ኣይ ኲት] ክብል ኣይ ሰሙን ኣይ ዓመት
            ደሓር ተመሊሱ ክገብረልና ህውከት

            ኤእ! መልሰሉ ዘረባ

            ሃይላት ዝጎራሕ ሓያኺ ኣቑጽልቲ
            ንጆሃር ክድርግሞ ናብ ጸባብ በዓቲ
            ሓደን ክልተን ክፈጥር ምስ ባሕተውቲ
            ሽዑ
            ሃይላት ክኸውን ናይ ዓዋተ በሓቲ
            ኣየ ናይ ሎምዘመን ስልቲ!

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም መሃንድሻ

            ሓቅኻ
            ሓይኸልካ እጸ ፋርስ ከም ደብተራ
            ክወጽእ ካብ ሃይማኖት ከካይድ ሰውራ
            ክፈታትሽ እንዳ እግዚኦ-ሰማይ ከም ፍሒራ
            እንዳ ኣውለብለኩ ናይ atheisti ባንደራ
            ኣብ መጽሓፍ ቅዱስ ገይረ ምርመራ
            ገናጺለ ናይ ራእይ ዮሃንስ ጨጎራ
            144000 ረኺበ ድሕሪ ብዙሕ ጽሕተራ
            ኣብረሀት መጸት እዛ ሓየት ቅልጥፍቲ ኣሞራ
            በታተነቶ ነዚ ናተይ ኦርኬስትራ
            ደሓን ክረክብየ ካል ጠቕሲ ካብዚ ኩሉ ኩምራ

          • Saleh Johar

            ኣንታ ሃይል.. ንስኻ ውን መሃንድስ. ሽምካ … እንተላይ እቲ ዻውሎስ ዝብሉኻ:: ካን ነዛ ኣማኒት ፎርምሲ ከተራኽስዋ! እንታይ እዩኸ ኣተይስት ዶ መንደፍ እንዳበልካ … ብዘይ ስክፍታ ምሕጣእ? በሉ ረኣናልኩም:: blink እቲ ኣማኒ ጠፊኡ ዳኣምበር ሰጥ ለበጥ መበልኩም ነሩ:: ከይስነነኩም በሉ ሰብ ኣይተሕጥኡ ::

          • Haile S.

            ሓደርካ ሳልሕ፡

            እንተዘይትንውንወኒ መን መጽደፈኒ
            እንተዘይትንውንወና መን መጽደፈና (ምስ ደቀ-መዛምርተይ)