Somalia: Lack of Nationalism and the Law of Entropy
Nationalism is a positive word if Somalia, its people and citizens treat it with respect, truth and responsibility. The word nationalism has been absent in the Somali consciousness for so long to the extent that the word nationalism is so frequently misused and abused. In this context, maybe the English word nationalism is not so much used by those who abuse the word in their actions and desires especially in the public and political landscape where wrong personal whims are employed in personal projects in the public name: an equivalent word frequently used by those who abuse the word is Umadda Soomaaliyeed or the Somali People to distract and deceive so that they can proceed with their misguided endeavors.
After decades of misusing or abusing the word nationalism one might think of how hard it is to fix the language wars that reflect every statement exchange by politics or clan sympathizers. As a matter of fact, it could prove almost impossible to fix the language of dishonesty, where in Somalia or beyond in the Somali Diaspora, one might argue that virtually everything you look at needs some kind of repair, because the destruction and the mayhem has been going on for so long, and it is always easy to destroy something but it is quite hard to fix or to build anything: it takes considerable amount of time, money and energy to create or to mend anything.
By definition, the process of creation has to be structured and logical in order that you have a useful end product. Destruction, however, can be random and incoherent. Actions which take little or no thought can be done much faster than those which must be carefully considered.
Another interesting word is the word of responsibility, which seems also to be lacking in the Somali consciousness, notably in the political spectrum where betrayal, deception and double-crossing is so rampant. Honestly, being responsible in one’s private life helps one to be equally responsible in one’s public life, but untrue responsibility with hypocrisy is one of the bad ingredients stirring up the political upheavals in Somalia, which usually behave as dangerous storms.
Having responsibility is the duty or obligation to act.
Taking responsibility is acknowledging and accepting the choices you have made, the actions you have taken, and the results they have led to.
True autonomy leads to both having responsibility and taking responsibility.
Taking responsibly is fulfilling your role in life.
Responsibility is an essential element of integrity; it is the congruence of what you think, what you say, and what you do.
Responsibility is essential for reciprocity, trust, and for maintaining symmetric relationships.
Having a duty or obligation to act
Acknowledging and accepting the choices you have made, the actions you have taken, and the results they have led to.
Able to meet commitments made to yourself and others
Keeping the promises you make.
Doing everything you say you will do, or have lead others to expect from you.
Do what you say!
Honesty is a special word, which is also missing in the practical world of the Somali politics. Exactly, honesty is when what you are saying and what you are doing don’t contradict. Honesty is about harmony. Honesty is the opposite of hypocrisy. In reality, honesty is an invaluable tool because when a politician or a public figure is honest, that honesty usually goes to the good of the public. In this area, the people with honesty are examining themselves continuously to carefully measure whatever they are doing is for the betterment of the public, and whenever what they are doing is not in line with that, they can detect absence of honesty with great accuracy. It is easily mathematical and those who understand the game of honesty for public faithfulness know when they drift from genuineness.
Honesty starts in the home. It is the responsibility of every Somali parent to teach their kids about honesty and why honesty matters in the family and in every venue in life. Actually, one can get away with the analogy that honesty is as important as water and can be one of the supporting and essential pillars of a good nation from which heroes and heroins can hail. Equally, it is very important for Somali leaders of today and the Somali leaders of tomorrow to ponder over the merits of honesty and the fact that honesty is not a form of weakness but true strength.
To be exact and honest, the Somali politicians and a huge chunk of their audience grew into pathological liars: there are the actual liars and those who lie for the sake of liars: they lie for liars in the name of clan phenomenon and it is only for people who are obsessed with trivial matters. In this situation there is one important thing: it is where the word truth comes in handy: truthfulness has become a taboo in the Somali political theaters. Being truthful has become some kind of liability and a character of a fool. Frankly, what is needed in the political dancing of Somalia is a satisfiable degree of being truthful for the sake of the country and for the welfare of the public.
In conclusion, the law of entropy is at work here propelling untruthfulness, dishonesty and lack of responsibility in the political swimming pools of Somalia. Unless the waters of the political swimming pools are not tested for every country- eroding element, the bad concert of lawlessness and disorder might continue with the law of entropy feeding on the weak political consciousness of Somalia and its people.
Ahmed Said (Abwaan-kuluc), is a Somalicurrent blogger based in Minnesota, USA. He writes about Somali Diaspora related issues in the world and also the current affairs of Somalia. He can be reached at email@example.com
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