Much More Important Things: A Message To Our Somali Leaders

We are not interested in how strong your muscles are.

Not interested in how many soldiers you have.

We are not interested in how sophisticated your artillery is.

Not interested in how far your gunshots reach.

Not interested in how superior your blood may feel to you.

We are not interested in your arrogance.

 

No. We are not.

 

We are looking at less superficial things.

At much more important things, you see.

We are looking at your ingenuity.

At your humility.

When you look one another in the face, what do you see?

A clan or a humanbeing?

We are looking at your sensitivity.

At your responsibility to do no harm.

We are interested in how many lives you’ve saved today.

We are interested in how much weight you give to our walaaltinimo and Somaalinimo.

We are interested in your duty to protect your country and your brother from the enemy.

 

We are looking at much more important things, you see.

We are looking at how respectful you are of our diversity.

At how compassionate and tolerant you are of one another.

At how considerate you are of our mothers and children.

We are looking at your creativity to reconcile your differences. Non-violently.

We are interested in your ability to resolve the complex issues facing our country today with innovative and transformative ideas.

Not with yesterday’s old thinking and doing.

We are looking at much more important things, you see.

 

 

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