Sentayehu Tilahun - #Hibongo
Celebrating #Hadiya, #Southern #Ethiopian #culture. Nice song …! Tradition <=> modernity … in between.
… Investing in women can unlock infinite potential around the globe. But how can women walk the line between Western-style empowerment and traditional culture? Kavita Ramdas of the Global Fund for Women talks about three encounters with powerful women who fight to make the world better — while preserving the traditions that sustain them. — TED
September 11 will mark New Year’s Eve (Enkutatash) and Ethiopia will celebrate the year 2004. Just four years ago the millennium was welcomed in style.
When: 12 September (2011)
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Only if there were ears that listen … and hypocrites that fail not the words they preach … things would get better and life would be more meaningful.
Dear ‘Cool’ People,
We all need to wake up. Seriously.
Today we are googly-eyed over the latest celebrities, our idols are now Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Drake, Lady Gaga…but do we really want to look up to people that have no respect for themselves, people that increase vulgarity, that promote violence, and egocentric thinking. [Is life] all about cash, drugs, or girls [and boys]—Really?
But take a step back, What has the outcome been of so many of these “role models” or “idols”…what was the outcome of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse etc..their lives revolving around drugs, addictions, and eventual death so is that how we want to end up? Is that all to your life? Honestly think about it, what kind of life is that?
Today we are enslaved to what others want us to look like. We are enslaved to trends, to following celebrities, to gawking over girls [and boys] because thats what ‘society’ tells us is cool. We are enslaved to the word ‘cool’—just wanting to fit in. We just want to be ‘cool’—even if that means losing our connection with the One who made us, who gave us the brain to even judge what’s ‘cool’, who gave us wisdom; and instead of choosing right, we voluntarily choose wrong.
Wearing mini shorts [or sagging pants] with your butt hanging out for everyone to stare like you are a piece of steak is NOT cool, even if society tells you it is. Going to parties every weekend and then not remembering anything after is NOT cool, even your friends tell you it is. Obsessing over the glitter and the fascade of this life while neglecting the one who blessed you with the glitter in the first place is NOT cool, even if the world tells you it is.
In the end, you’ll realize fitting in—these celebrities, these trends—were never worth the drool. Abandon your ‘role models’—Drake, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga. Let go to all the dunya baggage and stop being enslaved to society.