By Teodros Kiros  ( Ph.D.)

This piece continues ideas which I introduced in Tigray and Vision and also my recent interview in African Ascent International.

 I appeal to the existing leaders of the government of Tigray to open the public sphere to those who have invested years of their life journey to specialize in their fields of study,. This flaw will have devastating consequences for the development of Tigray, now that Tigray’s infrastructure has been destroyed.  Restoring this infrastructure will need thinkers and strategists  from the masses and specialists more than ever before.

The remaking of Tigray requires a new vision.  Gone is the time when Tigrean leaders were chosen on the ground that they have fought in the battle  field.  Of course, I admire that service.  That however is only one criteria.  There are other criteria which must be seriously considered.  I will mention a few.

The first is ideas.

Military service should also be based on the appropriate military knowledge which supplements knowledge born out of the practice of fighting.  One learns to be a General by practice and theoretical knowledge, which in turn is passed  on to the militia, as is being done, which I applaud, so that Tigreans could defend themselves.  I thank the Generals for doing this important work, but even the Generals, I am sure,  will agree with me, will benefit from the wisdom of thinkers, to supplement what they know.  The great Machiavelli was an advisor to leaders.  We too must nurture this new vision.  We need to develop able advisors, based on a demonstrated ability and record to advise.

Ideas about the human sciences and natural sciences require experts.  This knowledge cannot be carried out by loyalists only. That old model has destroyed  Tigray.  What we need now is mature thinkers who should be encouraged to speak truthfully and challenge the administrators. 

We must revise our educational curriculum and train our children to think freely and allow them  to challenge us, so that they grow to become the fierce and mature  thinkers for whom I am advocating. 

Let a million ideas blossom.   Let all those who think deeply among the masses flourish.  Let them speak and be a source of data and natural insights inside their rational hearts, the dwelling place of the Transcendent.

It is not enough to design committees, where original ideas do not germinate, but becomes a site of circulating old ideas, which go nowhere.

The leaders of Tigray should not feel threatened  by the critically educated not because they have degrees, but because they think deeply and courageously, and love their   Let them think freely.  Invite them to contribute. Assign them to positions where they can serve effectively.

Ignoring them as we are thinking to create a New Tigray will have dire consequences.  The possibility of  making the Joint agreement  successful, and it can be, requires the participation of the learned, the wise, the decent, compassionate, empathetic and above all those who are in love with wisdom and the Good. The previous regime has tried  this and it failed after twenty seven years of notable success. It could have succeeded  even more, if the party was not manned by careerists.   

We have to put an end to this and let new parties guided by new ideas flourish, or else, Tigray will fail again and I hate to see this and I am appealing to Tigrean leaders to take this idea seriously.  Let us work together for the Good of Tigray, the victim of genocide.   

There cannot be growth without intellectual battle in the form of differences communicated through the best argument, free of domination.  Let the argument win and invite able intellectuals  and the naturally wise among the Tigrean people, who could articulate these arguments to the public sphere in town hall meetings and conferences, or else, we will remain backward and eventually perish

I will  humbly develop this  thought further in future reflections.

By aiga

3 thoughts on “The role of Intellectuals in the Future Tigray”
  1. Gebremeskel Gebemariam graduated from Mekelle Institute of Technology, እንዳንተ ያለው የትግራይ ቤተክርስቲያንን ለአምሓራዊት ቤተክርስያን ቕኝ ስታዝገዛ መቆየትክን ለማሳየት ስትል የማህበረ ቅዱሳን አባል እንደነበር እዚህ ላይ የምትነግረን፥፥

    Mr Gebremeskel Gebemariam graduated from Mekelle Institute of Technology, when you tell us that you were serving in mahibre kidusan you expect us to bestow you a special reverence , but it make as to feel otherwise. tigray has many scholars in and outside and they can manage to establish their own traditional school, religious association without being dependent upon others , supporters of genocide against Tigray people, members and sponsors of the church and its traditional students.
    When an amhara man says he or she dislike TPLF , they (he or she) meant to detest Tigraway , Tegaru. Mahibrekidusan were against Tigrayan leadership long time ago some of their people have contcat with ESAT and other anti Tigraway factionists.

    Don’t tell us here you served in mahibrekidusan or you symathise with them.

    NO Tigray,Oromo, Amhara, Gurage, Welayata,Kimant, Agew and other innocent civilians from all ethnics
    Remove Abiy from Power, send him to ICC with his co-genocidal partner Esayas Af. and don’t forget to include Fano leaders and principal sponsors in US & Europe on your way to ICC .
    USA-please remove your agent Abiy Ahmed from power and send him to ICC.Tigray TV and Tigrayan leaders are silent when Tegaru are massively killed by fanos , and eritrean troops under the cloak of peace deal and with purpose of showing off their loyality to american leaders’ order at the expense of Tigray genocide incessantly happening regardless of socalled peace deal serving as a dark to massacre our people.

  2. When I said tplf I only mean tplf nothing more, how can anyone miss this much less the people of Amhara? you have to be a complete idiot not to know this. Every tplf member can be from tegray but all tegray can not be tplf, hope you understand this. People with this kind of low level thinking and low brain power are at the center of the current crises that created untold number of death and destruction. So politic is not a mass support and it require deep thinking and analysis which you like both so please stay out of politics and let people with brain do the hard work.

  3. Hatew Ketew, what did intellectual did so far? It is better not to talk about intellectuals after now. There is no use of it. All Tegarus have ability contribute to better Tigray. This dichotomy of intellectual and not intellectual business must stop. It just gives false image to those called intellectuals and i have not seen any unique contribution of Tegarus intellectuals of to Tigray in both good and bad times. There is no where their contribution to be seen. We better stop this bogus propaganda of intellectuals. Axumite never had degrees to do and write all that marvel of civilizaiton.

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