By Aaron Berhane August 2010 One of the things that differentiates human beings from animals is our ability to think critically: we can describe, anal...
By Aaron Berhane
One of the things that differentiates human beings from animals is our ability to think critically: we can describe, analyze and evaluate our environment. As a result of this, we can bring about positive changes. On the other hand, if we only think of potential risks to ourselves, we won’t do anything to improve the challenging situations we find ourselves in.
Every single human being has this gift of thinking critically. However, many people just don’t use it. That’s why the thinking faculties of some people expand while others’ shrink. Some have a vision about life while others cannot even think beyond their noses.
How do we apply our critical skills to the crisis within the Eritrean Canadian Association of Ontario (ECAO)? As members of the community, to what extent have we used our critical powers to diagnose the problem? Why does the association refuse to be transparent? Why doesn’t it hold annual general meetings? Why do productive board members leave the board while members whom we don’t trust continue to stay? Why doesn’t it call for an audit? Why doesn’t the association carry on business as an organization should? Why do members of the association keep decreasing steadily in number?
Critical thinkers analyze and evaluate situations, and reach reasonable conclusions upon which they act. Members can reject or support these actions through their votes.
But people who are unwilling to sharpen their intellect tend to remain followers. They cannot distinguish between right and wrong. They know how to do only one thing—follow. Whoever is crowned becomes the king of these followers. They don’t express their opinions or use their instinct. Their brains continue to shrink over time. Eventually, they become victims of manipulation until they die.
We must rescue ourselves from such a tragedy.
We cannot sit back and expect change to just happen on its own. We must act to make it happen. Let’s work together to fix our fractured community. For God’s sake, let’s use our brains. Otherwise we will just keep on stumbling and never achieve our goals. So, let’s stand behind the productive members of our community and get rid of the bandits. It’s time for us to be brave!