Fetsum: Let us go to work!

Guitar is the most complicated instrument in music to my understanding. Mood, tuning, temperature, state of mind and of course a little deviation from reality through the help of artificial intervention such as moderate alcohol

Guitar is the most complicated instrument in music to my understanding. Mood, tuning, temperature, state of mind and of course a little deviation from reality through the help of artificial intervention such as moderate alcohol matter in guitar like in operating any other musical instruments. The concept of musical improvisation states that no human being can repeat one’s musical expression exactly like a record player, only can he/she approximate, yet I believe what it takes a person to phrase in the piano or wind instruments may take one at least 100 times as much time to guitar it across. You must tease it like a lover or will end up teasing you like reality is teasing the wicked losers in Asmara.
I was playing my guitar relatively well with nice sound effect one evening in my house with a little tips in the head. I thought people were watching me doing my licks and phrasing my story in that language. I imagined seeing them coming to feel me and the security officers pushing them away from the stage so I can continue doing the damage in the guitar. In that psycho- idealism, there were about 50,000 people that disappeared as soon as I finished my imaginative artistry of that moment. The silence in my house about 2 AM in the morning was as scary as what I thought was doing on the stage in-self deception with that big an audience staring at me. I went to bed wondering about what happened to the people and to the beautiful lady supposed to have been with me that night out of all the women I saw in the hallucination. Reality told me to take it easy; that I was all alone by myself throughout the experience. I settled the dilemma vodcanizing a bit to sleep that unforgettable emptiness out my system.
We are now witnessing the result of Afwerki’s extreme individualism, arrogance, destruction, obstinacy, sadism and unique dictatorship for just the devil’s advocacy. This seems to be the end of a man that executed his unprovoked confrontation with the Eritrean people with absolute control and vandalism. He lived his life in self-deception thinking it was everlasting; never thought the tide would change in favor of justice and freedom when he was mercilessly disposing his sin on the people in his devilish competition with God for supremacy (to the extent of denying Nizghi Kiflue a traditional burial at home). How Mr. Afwerki feels the pressure after living helplessly requesting his demise by extreme conflict with rationality is something he knows but OUR VOICE appears ready to help him float on the air with God’s help through the support of the rope he put around his neck!
I was a pessimist activist till my paradigm shifted by the eloquence and humility of the Eritreans in OUR VOICE that convinced me things will be okay in Eritrea within about three years stretching the devil’s chance of survival from here on. I respect their transparency in the forums. I bow to our dignified scholars for their confident leadership and consistency in this fight to assist the regime on the edge of the cliff complete its suicide mission as soon as possible. I submit my imagination to your superior intellectualism for me to follow your leadership to freedom from the chain of the narcissist dictator in our country.
OUR VOICE sounds capable of defusing the system within the short time limit they proposed on the condition that our people fully and actively cooperate clearly admitting that they cannot do it alone. They have spelled it out saying no international force can do our sole responsibility of saving our society no matter how many times we shout and cry in the streets. I think this should be felt by every Eritrean for change. I think we all have the responsibility now to make it work by doing the best we can in the local elections fully following the directions they will give us according to the law. The role of our people should then be to make the condition a reality. It took us 30 years to gain our independence after excruciating destruction and sacrifice heading close to 30 years of humiliation in this dictatorship. We cannot take it any longer and should guarantee our stolen freedom via SECULR DEMOCRACY under the guidance of our intellectuals using this golden opportunity.
As you know liberty is a birth right for any individual on this planet and I will never hesitate to take it unconditionally. My freedom, however, is not something given but only earned by promoting the freedom of others. The moment I breach this condition, I have practically surrendered my freedom. Further, I understand that absolute freedom is impossible since society cannot work without authority that enforces its moral and legal standards using the law. I am thus willing to give up a certain degree of my liberty for authority but I will resist anything that restricts my collective potential unless it is necessary for the survival of genuine authority. That is as far as I can go in this matter because I cannot see life without the greatest possible freedom that is only achievable by providing it to and securing it for others. As Sartre said; we are condemned to be free by nature and through this inherent freedom we make ourselves and carry the burden of responsibility for whatever we freely experience as a result of our actions. This responsibility comes in a package deal with securing the freedom of others in exchange of enjoying it in society. Accordingly, I have no desire to control any one nor will I allow someone to control me for “freedom exists for the sake of itself”. To this extension, the amount of space and time available to me in order to move around and explore life determines how much freedom I have as a person and how much of it I give and protect because life is a function of both pairs of the duality.
Then comes one claiming; “I can’t do anything about it”. Sartre describes this person as one who “denies the freedom or transcendence component”. This opinion contradicts with the nature of human beings and the capacity of their commonsense. All a person needs is to realize the importance of compromising and giving another way of life a chance. You cannot fail again and again and yet come up with this form of self deception just to stick with the problem.
As a human being, I can do something about a problem. Human intelligence that made it possible for a man to land on the moon can certainly make a person fix any problem that comes across in this life. We should free ourselves from this submissive self-deception to overcome the damaged self-confidence by the extra-nagging dictatorship. Then comes what Sartre calls as ignoring the facts of every situation through the self deceptive expression “I can do anything by just wishing it”. This sounds to me like intentionally failing for the heck of it: an impractical person that has no motivation to do anything in life.
All I can say here is that a person’s willingness to change is a function of personal failure but the tendency to continue the path of failure is a derivative of self-deception. We seem to think we can control situations if we want and that whatever we do is not a matter of concern. It takes time for one to exhaust self-deception and be ready for action. Until the time is ripe, till one drops to the rock bottom, no external influence may deliver a remedy for another person’s personal problems. Although people can influence each other, no one but a person can change one’s conditions at the end of the day. In summary, human intelligence proves to be capable of deceiving itself by agreement with itself in order to feel better about something seemingly out of control but only as far as it stays below the saturation point beyond which it implodes otherwise. This is today’s Eritrean reality, what we have to know with clear mind that we posses the capacity to get rid of our problem.
To my taking, this is what we are dealing with at this moment in the experience. We are confronting with one major issue (liberty) which is impossible without defending the freedom of our citizens and two elements of the society in this situation: the people and the political parties that will compete for political power in democratic Eritrea. We will have to experience two types of governments in this journey to democracy: transitional government anddemocratically elected government. We will then have to go through two types of elections as well: for said COUNCIL or the transitional government through the election process of the local committees and eventually for the Eritrean government through democratic election. In this mandatory process to democracy, we should correctly and rigorously follow the universal laws abiding these dynamics without personification in order to reach the destination. We have to understand that the process to transitional government belongs to the people while future political power through election belongs to the political parties. The law requires that no members of the political parties should be allowed to be elected in the local committees that eventually converge to the COUNCIL through regional, continental and global election processes although they can and should participate including voting for their representatives using their right to do as Eritreans. This is because the COUNCIL should be 100% free of any influence of the political parties (exclusive people’s right). In the flip, the Eritrean people should give full right to the political parties to run for democratic election without allowing any member of the COUNCIL in the competition (exclusive right of the political parties). None of the two components of society, the people and political parties has the legitimacy to enjoy both rights without abusing the right of the other. We neither can change the rule here nor can we partially accommodate one of them without taking the chance of failure.
All of us now need to work harder than ever to succeed in regaining our country, dignity and freedom from the parasites of death and misery with this concept of rights-sharing intact in the mind. Unify that punch of freedom as tight as possible in helping our intellectuals do the magic like they did during the struggle for independence. Our freedom is mandatory and easily achievable through unity and assertive leadership; let us just do it without any excuse and self-deception.


Review overview
  • Tecle August 23, 2015

    If Eritreans are to break the cycle of violence and counter-violence and retreat from the path of self-destruction, they have to take great leap forward on behalf of the future generation not only in Eritrea but in the entire region of north-east-Africa. No more just blaming others.

    The Diaspora, in particular those of us who live in peaceful and democratic countries, have the added responsibility of paving the way and sowing the seeds of peace where future generations can live in harmony with all the neighbors. So, lets all contribute as much as possible right now.

  • fetsum abraham August 23, 2015

    yes it is missing yet it is z best we ever experienced

  • Hidiat Okbay August 23, 2015

    Dear Mr Fetsum Abraham,
    I used to love reading your past articles of ‘unconditional unity’ on Eritrean oppositions and the rest.
    Why aren’t you writing more on those topics brother Fetsum? We need you to get back to those unfinished business please.
    Apart from this well done with all your articles and keep them coming all the time and wishing you many happiness with long life.

    • fetsum abraham August 24, 2015

      Hi Hidat;
      I did not change my belief in UNCONDITIONAL UNITY. I am supporting Our Voice because of it. They are trying to unite us unconditionally and I feel there is a misunderstanding on your side. Tnx

      • Hidiat Okbay August 25, 2015

        Brother Fetsum,
        You seem to misunderstood my point or question, I never said or implied that you changed your belief in unconditional unity. I was only asking you why you are not writing like you used to beautifully and brilliantly on the unconditional unity on the oppositions and on the rest, that’s all. Take care respected brother.

        • fetsum abraham August 25, 2015

          dear hidat. it is because we have pased that stage into zis practical stage of doing it. tnx

  • k.tewolde August 23, 2015

    Love ya Brother Fitsum, ‘NO KOLO TITKO’, ‘NO AJEWJEW’, ‘NO BELEKA LEKAAKA’ ,’NO KEMISH ADEY HANKULUNI’………The plate cannot be beautifully garnished and presented better than this. Our only motto should be let’s devour it, LET’S GET TO WORK! Thanks again Fitsum. I love your expression of humility , and self deprecation in this article. I already said it , we need more characters like you.My fellow justice seeking Eritrean citizens everywhere, we need to spend more time building ,instead tearing each other down. Together, we can move Debre Bizen.

    • weldegebriel habte August 24, 2015

      100% agree!!

  • ber August 24, 2015


    Though with all my respect to the members of “our voice”mister Fitsum sounds excited for the first time to be onboard on the “our voice” boat.
    Again i am asking why now?after all the criticism of vaccaroans,dc intellectualls and many others with the sole reason i know best the solution to Eritrea and Eritreans with my formulas.

    I understand from your articls that you have got a good gesture from our voice and you mentioned too that you wont to be part of it if you are asked to.

    I am happy that our intellectualls are rising since you are fond of intellectualism,free mind,scholar etc but please let them show through their deeds.

    Lets whipe out the sick mentality of cleaning the dust from the chair of issayas and his likes so to sit there and lead the nation.

    • fetsum abraham August 24, 2015

      Dear ber;”why now?” I answer why not? My solution coincides very well by the VOICE I don’t know where u misunderstood. Where is the difference that u think of between my ideas and theirs? I think they are showing as with deeds at this beginning and we hope to see action soon. Whether I will work with them or not is something for the future to decide but now, like any Eritrean, I support them from distance bercause they are working. tnx

  • weldegebriel habte August 24, 2015

    i wish my english was just 10% as good as yours. i love what you write, but to be honest i have difficulty to understand the whole content. i reread your articles therefore till i have the feeling i understood them to a certain extent. i wish you could write them in tigrinia and/or other eritrean language that you know. thanks . god bless you.

    • fetsum abraham August 24, 2015

      Dear welde;
      I cannot write two articles for you each time I do it. I have life like you that I must manage to live. You can always read my work with friends and discuss instead of telling me to kill myself writing in Tigrigna as well. I think individuals should do it if they find my work important but I neither can write Tigrigna (dont know GEEZWORD) nor I have the interest and time to do). tnx

  • nhber August 24, 2015

    Dear Dr Fitsum,

    Well said, let’s go to work. A lot has been said many times. Our intellectuals have laid the path, We have to support and make it happen. After all they are doing their bit, we have to do our bit to accomplish the task. We don’t care if they don’t show their face they are giving us their brain, their intellectual guidance to follow. Yes let’s go to work!

    • san diego August 24, 2015

      Mr/Mrs Nhber

      I agree ,for now we just need their leadership.

  • A H August 24, 2015

    Brother, Fitsum

    • fetsum abraham August 24, 2015

      DEar A.H;
      That is your choice and welcome. They should show up at a point in the go but I will support their idea for I did not see any better than theirs and at least I know now there may be three strongly affilated Eritreans in there : Professor Araya, Aishel and DR. Dawit. I will continue encouraging them to do what they are doing without clashing with on exposure which will have to come ahead in this journey. let them figure this out because as u see it has become obstacle for now but I cannot shut up with the opportunity on the ground. we will see how they want to go about this when action starts but for now, I should support at least their ideas!!

  • nhber August 24, 2015

    Why do we need to see the faces, they put the plan, they answer questions, they are asking for us the people to elect our rep and create regional then international body to act on behalf of the Eritrean people. The elected members can be removed by the people elected who elected them if they failed to do their job. they are not asking to be the leaders they are helping to guide the weak and demoralized justice seeker/opposition guided direction. Please be positive and we have to concentrate on the mission and objectives of the message. We need to help them on technicality how to implement these in practice if we have knowledge and expert.

  • Sengal W. August 24, 2015

    Again good Job, as usual. Keep it up