OPINION | May 12, 2012

Jama Falaag

Civilized people and uncivilized people are not alike.The dissimilarity between the two peoples is not between the fundamentals of life itself but between the functions of the choices they make.

Civilized people seek to change the things and support those who can change those things which no longer reflect their higher sense of who they are and who they want to become. They become more comfortable when someone is always there to show them the path.Why civilized people become comfortable when they find a guru that guides them to the right path is that there is the power of wisdom and sage counsel. What the environment around them does is mostly beyond their control. What they decide to deduce and act upon is a function of the choices they make. There is a saying which they always try to put it into practice: The task ahead of you can be never less than the force behind you. The civilized people have learnt to take that in their own stride, and that is their deep reflection.

Uncivilized people are weird in a lot of ways. They are not that perspective. Not observant. They never develop a feel for where they are and where their future lies. They never seem to know the fact that those who always think about life in more ways than one get the first. Identifying the best minds that can show them the right path is not part of their principles and behavior. Ability, skill, honesty and intelligence are not the measures they use to “test” what it is that they need to know.

Civilization, in my book, is a mental development coupled with special creations. Inventing new things had given humans wiry resiliency, and living a life without changes had led them to nowhere.

Not all inventions are wrought by necessity. Sometimes serendipity plays a part. The trick is recognition. All the noble elements are there, but understanding alone can put things together just in the right way. And idea is the essential ingredient.

Failure is the result of wrong thought. It is an error in thinking. Failure results from a judgment someone has made about a thing. Victory is also a result of right action, and fear comes from uncertainty.

The above versions bring to one’s mind one important question: Are we civilized people if we are Somalilanders?

The outlook of Somaliland people on civilization is not an elevating and elaborating character. Obviously innovation is not totally part of their own culture. They never seem to understand that different occasions require different approaches and appeals. They always lack new and potent ideas. They regurgitate the old and think it is new. They neither refer to the past nor look at the future. They are always behind the time as if all of them are born just now. Why?

Unfortunately, Somaliland people are not prone to deep reflection. Poverty of understanding and problems of spit, faction and greed are the powerful forces that keep introspection at bay.The culture in which almost all people grew up has established its domination over of most of them with the aid and influence of hypocrisy. All people are tribal-minded, not cause-oriented. Everyone is recruited into tribalism and no one is barred from it.

All people act what their driving desire is.
As is their desire, so is their will.
As is their will, so is their act.
As is their act, so is their destiny.

Obviously people reap what they saw. The result of what people do always appear before them. The question that needs asking at this time is: What did Somaliland people and still continue to encounter with Silaanyo’s presidency? Has Silaanyo intellectualized his administration and improved anything relating to the procedures of governance?

There are critical issues, but there are no initiatives or ideological appeals, no tall figures. It is a humdrum of confusion, uncertainty and boredom. Never before Somaliland has been so apolitical as it is now. The real situation looks like one in which there is no head and tail.

Silanyo’s current administration has no ethics. It is an amalgam of various interests, underlining the point that governance is the art of deceit and deception, not of the commitment.

The entire administration is not disciplined. Most of Silaanyo’s ministers do not own the passion to sustain national tasks. Almost all of them are unable to demonstrate the dignity to create a sense of responsibility – an exciting and emotional touch that the people can relate to, as well as a set of values that people fee satisfying – a common element that is being able to create an invigorating manners of uplift.They are all mean and bitter, and play dirty and do things they should not have done. Every Minister in Silaanyo’s administration has the mentality that public treasure is no one’s treasure and that, if he does not take it, someone else will take it.

Favoritism and nepotism are coming to the fore, pushing Somaliland people into the background of divide and dispute.

Silaanyo also has his own personal problems. First, he is not imbued with a spirit of sacrifice and clarity of intelligence that can put into shape a healthy administration Second, he does not have the courage and the will to press on to do what is necessary and what is right, to overcome the obstacles.

Our social and political system will attain newness and lustre only when national solidarity and sincerity for the sake of the country become part of our conscience and conviction, and ignorant thinking on “we clan X” gets out of our hearts.

The past and present may be overwhelmingly difficult; the present is what the people have chosen to be all about.

I do not think President Silaanyo and those around him have this kind of understanding.

By Jama Falaag

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia