Published January 23, 2014
Tags: 30, birthdays, life
I am 30.
It’s been a long life.
I have doubted a lot of time moving back and forth in time thinking that if I belong to a past or a future generation. But the truth is, I am just from this generation and keep calming and lovin’ it.
Three decades of living, of course, like everyone else I asked myself what did I do with one third of my life (with Ethiopian life expectancy in 60% of my life)? And again, it’s been really a long life.
I notice my hair is getting thinner, but not as bad at Wayne Rooney. I have way more friends than Jesus at 30. He died only two years older than me. I haven’t got married nor have children but I love for the right reason and only for one reason – just for the love. I don’t own a car. But from the flower farms of Alkmaar to the base of Kilimanjaro, from the coldest top of Ankober to the warmth of Windhoek, I traveled many places I couldn’t even imagined being there. I learnt everywhere is reachable. You see, I am not rich, but I challenged money more that it challenged me. As we defiantly have problems with counting – as money became the most countable thing when it comes to value. How about counting millions of smiles, millions of footsteps to follow & millions of music chords to listen to? All the other millions worth counting and be rich of them. Continue reading ’30’
By Hans Dembowski
Secularism is often misunderstood. This principle of enlightenment is not about government fighting religion, it is about the state being equidistant to all faiths.
Some fervent believers are and were secularists in this sense. Consider the founding fathers of the USA for instance. They separated church and state not because they were hostile towards region, but because they did not want their various churches to become corrupted by politics. They were aware of the bloodshed Europe had suffered when political leaders tried to enforce their religious beliefs, relentlessly persecuting dissenters and even going to war.
The idea of separating state and religion may seem counter-intuitive at first glance as both make rules. They make different kind of rules however. Religious rules are meant to guide the personal lives of believers and are geared to supernatural salvation. State rules, in contrast, are meant to facilitate peaceful co-existence in the daily lives of people who may have quite different backgrounds and regions principles, but must get along in the society. Continue reading ‘A Longing to Belong: for Religious Ethiopia’
Published June 17, 2013
Ethiopia , News
Tags: Addis Ababa, Brazil2014, Ethiopia, Fans, football, habesha, RSA, teamEthiopia, waliya
The Lonely Planet guidebook author recommends , “It is always possible to talk about Football almost with all Ethiopians”. It’s actually true. One of the founding fathers of African football, Ethiopians are in love with it. Half of Ethiopian populations were not even born when Ethiopia took a major trophy in Football. (Unlike Athletics, Ethiopia achieves quite remarkable in middle & long distance running). Now, Ethiopians are even dreaming big – World Cup Brazil 2014. They lead their group which makes them African top 10! Continue reading ‘Team Ethiopia : Captures from Ethiopia vs S Africa Game’
Published January 2, 2013
Blogging , News
Dear Friends – 2012 wasn’t my best blogging year. I could only post 11 articles. I have been writing different pieces on different platforms, mainly on iceaddis.com, GlobalVoices & printed publications. I couldn’t focus on my personal blog as much i wanted.
Nevertheless, I made many wonderful friends in 2012 through this blog. This is one of my primary wishes when I started to blog back in 2009. I’m here to make friends. So thank you so much for your time to follow my posts & sharing them. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog. Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 24,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals
Click here to see the complete report.
Ethiopians spend a great deal of time enjoying their coffee. No wonder there are so many cafés in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Cafés are more than just a place to hang out though; for many, they represent a dynamic public sphere in which to discuss the hottest issues facing the country. Meaningful conversations taking place in every corner of the cafés show how well-informed citizens are and how they enjoy exchanging their opinions about many things around them. But where do people get their information in the first place? Continue reading ‘Disconnected Ethiopian Netizens’