Individual people are what make up every part of our society—like the government, the police force, the educational system, the military, the justice system and so forth. It is through individual people that groups are made—no other way.
Without individuals participating in this struggle, we will not find the necessary group solution. If we fail to unite to help, we may later share increasing misery until others who come after us gather the courage, conviction and strength to complete what we should be doing now.
Ethiopian people must not see themselves as observers, wishing that someone else would set them free. We must stop worshiping leaders, stop being controlled by fear, stop being opportunistic and instead join in as active participants, each one of us actively contributing to a much greater whole.
If we isolate ourselves from being part of the tree of Ethiopia, it will wither and die for lack of care. Each one Ethiopian is part of the count that adds up to over 80 million Ethiopians.
If we, Ethiopians rise up with a united voice, outsiders will have to respond to such a strong opposition, but the outsiders would never have initiated it on their own.
What would have happened when the Italians invaded Ethiopia with their more sophisticated weapons if our ancestors had given up without a fight?
What would have happened if Martin Luther King had preferred music and dancing to civil rights marches and sacrifice?
What would South Africa be like today if the African National Congress or Nelson Mandela had signed an agreement with the Apartheid government to go into exile to live his own life rather than serving 27 years in prison?
What we can learn from this history is that those who are oppressed are always the first to rise up to challenge and sacrifice and then the outsiders will support them because it is their moral obligation when it comes to this point.
Therefore, giving up is not an option for us! If we believe in ourselves and trust in God we will not be alone, but as the expression goes, it is easier to guide a moving boat than one stuck in the sand. Let us be willing to dream big, listen and act. Let us not become distracted with selfish pursuits.