To be a hopeless romantic means hoping for the best outcome in time of trouble. In the case of Ethiopia, there has been major conflicts taking place in the region for the past several months. Being a hopeless romantic thus means hoping for a peaceful resolution in this region.
But wishful thinking alone is not sufficient. A true hopeless romantic is someone who does his/her part to contribute to bringing about peace and unity in Ethiopia. It means not engaging or participating in divisive discourse with others, either in social media or in person. Instead, it means to be proactive to share uplifting and positive messages with others.
If you are a hopeless romantic, I ask you to be more vocal for these changes by using your platform to bring about a peaceful resolution.
Use the hashtag #hopelessromantic on social media to get the movement rolling and be a catalyst for this initiative.
I am often labeled as a “Hopeless Romantic” by my friends when I start talking about love. Much more recently, as I talk about the ideal woman I hope to marry one day, they tell me my perception of love is unrealistic. But I know this type of love exists because I have seen it in my parent’s marriage.
My true love, however, is my beloved home-country Ethiopia. There has been a civil war in the region for the past several months leaving some to wonder what the future will look like for this nation. But for me, I am hopeful and believe in the ability of Ethiopians to overcome these difficult times and prosper.
I am assured of this reality because I have read its history.
As a PhD student in Ethiopic and Arabic Studies, I've been given the unique opportunity to learn a great deal about this history and feel compelled to share with the world what I've learned. I believe if others learn about the great history of Ethiopia, they too would have hope in the nation and will also become a “hopeless romantic.”
Black Panther is real and Ethiopia is our Wakanda!
Ethiopia traded with Egyptians, the Middle East, India, Greeks, Romans and Persians. Trading with such influential regions made them rich and powerful. This nation was so great that the third century prophet Mani mentioned that Ethiopia was one of the four great empires of the time (along with Rome, China and Persia).
So what happened to this great history? Why do we not know about this great empire?
Sadly fascists who came into Ethiopia in the 1930's, with the intent of forcefully taking natural resources (i.e. ivory, gold, copper), stole our history.
Let me explain….
Right now, there is a bloody civil war in Ethiopia that is discussed on CNN, BBC and FOXNEWS:. And I want to shift CNN, BBC and FOXNEWS: back to the 1930’s when the fascists entered Ethiopia, because that is the root cause of the war that is happening today. Ethiopia has a secret history, and no one is focusing on this.
In the late 19thcentury as the Europeans started to carve up Africa, Italy chose Ethiopia. Unfortunately for the colonizers, Italy became the only European country to lose to an African nation. As a result, Italy lost respect from other European nations. Newspapers at the time shamed Italy for losing to a nation of black people. Needless to say, Italy wanted revenge.
They got their chance with Benito Mussolini and the fascists. Mussolini sent researchers like Carlo Conti Rossini and Enrico Cerulli to study the best way to conquer Ethiopia.
These men studied Ethiopian religion, ethnicity and language the same way the Nazis studied the Jewish community, to see the most efficient way to divide and conquer them.
Italy did go into Ethiopia in the mid 1930’s with their guns and killed thousands of Ethiopians. However, the real tragedy happened when the original research of -- Conti Rossini and Cerulli – became seen as the official history. The research they conducted, unfortunately found its way into western universities wherein they are being studied to this day. Their writings became the authoritative history of Ethiopia. Regrettably, present-day Ethiopians are now killing each other because of ethnic and religious differences which the Italians wrote was the central cause of conflict in their country. That is the insanity that is going on in Ethiopia.
The real evil here is that Ethiopians believe the version of history perpetuated by the fascists in the 1930’s. As a result, they are killing each other; justified by the lies they have been taught by Europeans for the last 90 years.
What saddens me is that Ethiopian scholars today continue to teach the twisted history first written by the Italians in 1930. Today’s teachers never questioned it. And neither did the Ethiopians who are now killing each other.