January 5, 2010

Greetings from Prof. Ephraim Isaac

(TigraiOnline)New Year 2010 Greetings to my Ethiopian Brothers and Sisters.
This message is also for my Eritrean brothers and sisters.
Amharic (pdf)
Oromifa (pdf)
Tigrigna (pdf)
(By Prof. Ephraim Isaac)
To my Fellow Ethiopians at home and abroad: Happy Ethiopian Christmas, and Temqat, and a Blessed and prosperous European New Year! I send this respectful and kind letter of appeal to you, my brothers and sisters: educated Ethiopian political, religious, educational, business, and intellectual leaders.

Ninety-nine percent of the Ethiopian people, Christians, Moslems, Jews, Traditionalists, Oromos, Amhara, Tigre, Gurage, Somali, Walayta, Hadya, Kaffa, Afar, Nuer, Anuak, and other beloved nationals, are deeply spiritual and ethical peoples. We also all have the same DNA – one family even if different language. Our people love and respect human beings.

Why can we, the about one-percent educated Ethiopians, not learn from them? Why are we stuck on the philosophical values of Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Marx? Why not respect and uphold the teachings of peace and reconciliation of our own wise teachers like, Zar'a Ya'aqob, Kristos Samra, Abba Gedas, and others? When are we going to wake up and see that tens of millions of our babies are crying for milk, tens of millions of our old people are yearning to go to bed in peace and wake up in peace, and tens of millions of our young people are thirsting for knowledge and learning?

Ethiopia is lucky to have us, her about 1% western educated children. It is also very gratifying to see so many successful Ethiopians in education, technology, business, law, and other important professions. I am very proud of my fellow educated Ethiopians. I wish everyone more success and strength during this coming year.

Brothers and Sisters: In spite of our impressive achievements, it cannot be denied that some of us educated Ethiopians have also squandered our energy on philosophizing politics and promoting group hate.

I have witnessed Ethiopians who have given so much for their country. Yet, I have also witnessed for almost forty years varieties of inter-group hate-badmouthing and quarrel, fighting and killing. I have seen how a good deal of our energy has been wasted for over half a century on verbal or armed power struggle. But we have gotten nowhere!

As your older brother, almost fifty years ago I started preaching mutual love and respect, commitment to each other, and promoting education and development. Please forgive me if I must repeat it again. Everything in this life requires commitment and action – thinking far, making a firm decision to act, making every effort to realize our decisions, and acting in good faith.

Can we decide this year to forgo negativity and change our thought and actions to positive energy? Can we, with all our hearts and all our minds decide to stop inter-group conflicts and fighting? I appeal especially to our political and religious leaders to set the example of mutual respect and love to all our educated people. Can we stop bad-mouthing each other? Can we stop the killings? We have it in one of our traditional songs:

“How are you?’ ‘How do you do?’ can’t we greet each other?
One sometimes reconciles even with his father’s killer…”

For the sake of our poor, sick, and illiterate, I respectfully ask each and every Ethiopian, especially our political and religious leaders, to set an example of mutual respect and love. Yes, let us continue to buy guns and artilleries. Let us continue to shoot them at each other. But when we shoot, let milk pour out of our guns to feed the babies and grains out of our artilleries to feed the hungry. Yes, let us continue to open our mouths and write with our pens opposite each other. But let beautiful words of love and respect come out of our mouths and words of love out of out pens!

With love and respect,
Your older brother,

Ephraim Isaac


Anonymous said...

Dear Blogger,

have you read and re-read the letter first. I wish so! Thank you for sharing me the mikir.

መጥምቁ ዮሐንስ said...

ፕሮፌሰር ኤፍሬም በጣም በሳልና ለሐገር አሳቢ ሰው ናቸው። ለሐገራቸው ህዝብ ክብር ያላቸው ሰው ናቸው። ምክራቸውም እኔ እወደዋለሁ። በአጠቃላይ አንዳንድ ሰዎች ሲተቿቸው ባይም እኔ ግን ምሳሌ የሚሆኑ ሙህርና መንፈሳዊ አባት ናቸው ባይ ነኝ።

በነገራችን ላይ በሁለቱ ፓትሪያርኮች መካከል የተፈጠረውን ችግር ለመፍታት ሲሞክሩ እንደነበረ ሰምቸ ነበር። ምን አልባት አልሳካ ብሎ አቁመውት ይሆን ወይስ እንደቀጠሉ ናቸው? እባካችሁ የምትቀርቧቸው ሰዎች ካላችሁ እንዲገፉበት ንገሯቸው። እግዚአብሔር ምን አልባት በአንድ ሰውም ቢሆን ሊሰራ ይችላል።

Tad said...

Dear professor, may God bless you!

To those of us, who read the message

May God gives us the ears to hear, The eyes to observe and the mind to contemplate the message!

Kalehawaryat said...

This is for the last anonymous

What are you talking about? The topic is total different from what you have said. I think you are the seed of Satan and the enemy of truth. who asks you about Abune Abiran, Abune Samuel, Abun Diyoskoros and bishop and archbishops? How date you to say kink of this ugly word from your mouth? Please repent from your sin and learn from the good advice of our respect brother Professor Ephraim Isaac

Anyway, Professor, I thank very much from the bottom of my heart for your excellent advice and for what you have been doing to our people. May the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob always be with you and He may also richly bless you. Wishing you a happy life till the rest of your of life,

Kalehawaryat AA

Anonymous said...

Dear DS,

Pls remove this message from,

This man is the one who make the Ethiopian politics to go hell. He is the 'Ambaseder' for the rulling party, who is trying to dismantel our church from its base in all directio. Let keep Almigty God our church.

Melkam Lidet

Anonymous said...

Give me a break, Dear professor! Atalay and coward Shimagile! What have you done when the ruling party illegally and arrogantly incarcerated the peoples leader, mother and daughter Judge Birtukan Mideksa? Nothing! We are better off without your Ye'Azo emba, Sir! No wonder you have chosen this unknown website[no disrespect Deje Selam] instead of the main stream political websites where your letter could find thousands of readers a day. Sirahin Tawqaleha, Ethiopiawuyan min edemuluh tawqaleha! As the leading shimagle who has brokered the deal between the ruling party and the then Kinijit leaders who were behind bars, you are responsible to explain what the exact deal was, and based on that whether Birtukan's comment in Europe warrants a life long imprisonment in Kality. Aba, Maferia Newot!

Anonymous said...

The last anonymouse, do you think that Shemaglies can do any thing? No they cannot do. The government will not allow them. May be they have tried to do but I don't think the government is willing to accept Birtukan's case.

Don't forget what Meles is saying. She will never be free. And he is autocratic.

Anonymous said...

ወንድም! የማን? (የመለስ ወይስ የብርቱካን? የኹለቱም ይሉኝ ይኾናል፤ በተግባር ግን እንጃ!)
ታላቅ! ከማን? በምን? (በዕድሜ? ከነፕሮፌሶር መስፍን? በተግባር ከነብርቱካን?) ምነው ዐዋቂ አልነበሩም እንዴ፤ ቢያንስ ስለትሕትና "ከታናሽ..." ቢሉ!


የማከብርዎትን ያኽል ከኾነ ጊዜ ወዲህ ባለኝ ትዝብት ግን እነዚኽን ጥያቄዎች ለማንሣት መገደዴን አልሸሽግዎትም። የሚከተለው የአበው ምክር በልቤ አለና፦

ወበይነ-ሲበቱ ለሰብእ ኢናከብሮ ቀዲሙ
ጸዓዳ ሲበት እስመ-ሀለዎሙ
ለዕፀው ወአእባን ኵሎሙ።

Kaleharyat AA said...

በክቡር ፕሮፈሰር ኤፍሬም የተዛብና ከእውነት የራቅ አስተያየተ የሰጣችሁ ወገኖች በ እውነት አዝንላችዋለሁ እንጂ አላዝንባችሁም። ጭፍን ባለ የፓለቲካ መንፈስ የታወራችሁ፡ እውነት እንደ ዕሬት የሚመራችሁ ስለሆናችሁ። እንህ ታላቅ ሰው በተቻላቸው ሁሉ ጥረዋል እየጣሩም ናቸው። በጥረታቸውም ማንም ያልሰራው አመርቂ ሥራ ሠርቷል። እየሠሩም ናቸው። በመጀመሪያ ወ/ሪ ብርቱካንን ጨምር በሚገባ ማስታረቃቸው አይዘነጋም። ነገር ግን ብርቱካን በቃልዋ ጸንታ ካልተገኘች በራስዋ መንገድ ትጠይቅበታላች እንጂ ፕሮፌሰር የሚያስጠይቃቸውም ሆነ የሚያስወቅሳቸው ነገር ያለ አይመስለኝም። እንደ እኔ እምነት እኒህ አባት ልንኮራባቸው ከሚገቡን ኢትዮጵያውያን አንዱ ናቸው። ሰውን በሰውነቱ የሚያከብሩ ነቅርሳ ከሆነው ዘረኝነት የተለዩ፡ የራሳቸው እምነት ቢሆራቸውም ሁሉም ወገኖች የሚያከብሩ አርአያ የሚሆኑን ናቸው። ፕሮፌሰሩ እንደ እናንተ በመንግሥት ጭፍን ጥላቻ ስለሌላቸው ነው ያስጨነቃችሁ። ይህ አይነት ተግባር ደግሞ ከአንደ ሙሁር አይጠበቅም። ሌላው ፕሮፌሰር “ ታላቅ ወንደማችሁ”” ማለታቸው እንደ እናንተ አስተሳሰብ አይመስለኝም ያሰቡት። የሚመስለኝ የእውቀትና የክብር ታላቅነትን ለማሳየት ሳይሆን። በዕድሜ ታላቃችሁ ለማለት ይመስለኛል። ባይሆንም የሚያሳፍሩ አይደሉም። እናነተ እንደጠቀሳችኋቸው ሙሁራን በማይመለከታቸው እየገቡ የሚፈተፍቱ ሰው ይደሉም። እውቀታቸውን በ አግባቡ የተጠቀሙና እየተጠቀሙ የሚገኙ ታላቅ ሰው ናቸው። ማወቅ ያለባችሁ እናንተ እንዲህ ስላላችሁ አንዳችም የሚቀነስባቸው እንደሌለ የታወቀ ነው። የልቡናችሁ ዓይን ይክፈትላችሁ!!!
ፕሮፌስር ኤፍሬም ይስሐቅ አሁንም ከልብ እንወደዎታለን። ይበርቱ አሁንም በአገራችን ሰላም እንዲሰፍን ይጣሩ ያስታርቁ። “ ጌታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ብፁዓን ገባርያነ ሰላም እስመ እሙንቱ ውሉደ እግዚአብሔር ይሰመዩ” ትርጉም የሚያስታርቁ( ሰላምን የሚያሰፍኑ) ብፁዓን ናቸው። እነርሱም የእግዚአብሔር ልጆች ይባላሉና። ማቴ 5፡9

mebrud said...

በስመ አብ ወወልድ ወመንፈስ ቅዱስ ፩ዱ አምላክ አሜን።
የተከበሩ ፕሮፌሰር ኤፍሬም ።ለእኔ ወዳጆ 'የጻፉልኝ' ሰላምታ በሁለመናዬ አንብቤዋለሁ። ከሰላምታዎ ግርጌ አስተያየት የሰጡ ወንድሞቼ(በርሶ ቋንቋ እንድጠቀም ይፈቀድልኘና)የተለመደ የጥላቻ ቋንቋ ሲጠቀሙ ሳይ ደነገጥኩ።በስመ ሥላሴ መጀመሬ 'የኔም ቋንቋ' እንደሰብዓ ባቢሎን እንዳይደባለቅብኝ ሰግቼ ነው።አባቴ ያኑርልኝ።ምሁሩ ማለት እርሶ ኖት በቃኝ።የፍቅር አባት ነዎት።ክርስቶስን መምሰል ማለት እንዲህ ነው።የፍቅር ባለቤት የሆነ እግዚአብሔር ፍቅርን እንደጋቢ ያልብስልኝ።
አባቴ ቃለ ህይወት ያሰማዎ።ለአድናቆቴ ቃላት የለኝም።
አንከርኩ ፍቅርከ
ወተደመምኩ በጦማርከ
ወበእንተዝ ጸሐፍኩለከ
አቡየ እሴብሐከ።

Anonymous said...

Achiberbari shimagle! I respect your efort to resolve desputes among Ethiopians.But why you failed to tell the truth to the world about Judge Birtukan's case? You become instument of melese.

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