That is why emotional somalilanders suspended rational analysis, independent judgment, and conscious decision making about what they are hearing or taking in. They, therefore, have lost the boundaries between what they wished to be true and what is true. From there
In Greek mythology, a
man called Odyssey lost 20 years in unknown seas on his return from Troy
to Ithaka. In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and
son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, who compete for
Penelope's hand in marriage. His son was in process for adoption.
On Odyssey’s arrival in Ithaka, large number of people were in procession to
see him alive. They heard his story for a long and they were for curiousity.
Odyssey who admitted symptoms of identiy crisis during his absence, did not
care about who married his beloved Penelope or the adoption and the identity
change of his son, Telemachus.
He was very happy to see the many people who greeted him. That is all what he
wanted. Ahmed’s Penelope is already in the hands of another suitor. She
waited him for many years when he got lost in his imaginary fantasies.
This journey, as seen by many, is on the 11th hour when the clock is ticking
fast and loud....right to the end of the game. It is also a surprise to many
who didnt know the Professor and who are learning now. However, those who
know him expected it as it happened. From a Somali president ambition to a
durmmer in the underworld of somaliland is a very big flat and splash.
For more than quarter of a century, this part of the country has changed into
medieval cult. Its leaders and elders had become masters of the folk art
of human manipulation. They modify their approaches and techniques and use
centuries-old manipulative talk to lead people to the ditches. There is no
limit to the ways they can learn to manipulate others, especially when they
don’t have the conscience .
They use two main methods of persuasion techniques which are (1)
emotional manipulation (2) and distortions of historical facts. No matter
which techniques those cult leaders have used, other Somalis have seen
the resultant behavioral change of the people from that region.
In the first technique, emotional manipulation, leaders put people in a
psychological hypnosis. The opium of tribalism is the tool and, subsquently,
the main obstacle to the rational thinking. This is essentially a highly
mental focused concentration in which the leader occupies the minds. On the
other side, the population blindly follow their leaders, suspending judgement,
reasoning and peripheral awarness. That is how the leaders, in this
cultic environment, manipulated a vulnerable society implanting suggestions
tailored to their personal agenda
In the second method, people are brainwashed and are impaired. This is a
phenomenon in which everyone’s consciousness or awareness is modified. In
that case, people’s awareness seems to split as their active
critical-evaluative thinking dims. They then slip from an active into a
passive-receptive mode of mental processing and listen or look without reflection,
evaluation and logic.
The craze, and the imaginations are business as usual. Starting from the SNM
campaign in 1980s till this present day, the distortions are the rule. They
hide the real truth about the history of the region and its people, about what
happened in the whole country of somalia, about what happened in the civil war
and about everything they share with other Somalis. Only one window is open
from there, young and old learn the cult culture and nolthing beyond.
That is why emotional somalilanders suspended rational analysis, independent
judgment, and conscious decision making about what they are hearing or taking
in. They, therefore, have lost the boundaries between what they wished to be
true and what is true. From there, Imagination and reality intertwined
and their mental processor gear shifted permanently into receptivity, leaving
active mental processing out of position.
The cult manipulative talk was always out of proportion but went overboard few
days ago. That was when Faysal Ali Warabe equated christianity and
Somalism. He argued that any one who chooses somalism against somaliland is
like a convert from Islam to christianity. This means that somaliland is
a religious cult. Whether that is sane or insane, I will leave it to the
readers. Is that a leader or a cult leader?
In our modern world, the word cult in its current popular usage is a referemce
term for a new religious whose beliefs or practices are considered
abnormal or bizarre by the larger society. It is generally characterized with
great devotion to the group’s spulrious ideas. Such blind devotion is
regarded as a craze.
After so much suffering in a quarter of a century, our people were supposed to
make their endeavor to a qualitrative difference to society, by reawakening the
spirit of solidarity and brotherhood on the basis of a common humanity. That
would have brought the people together as one collective soul with life for
Those cult leaders like Silanyo, saleiman, Hirsi, biixi, Kahin and their team
could have a better life for their people and even for themselves. The
question is, did they ever try a way out?. That requires real sacrifices and
courage. Do they have the courage to be strong, wise and out of the murky way?
For sure, they by now have realized that this is not working and there is a
better way for all. For them, it seems too late because they have been brainwashing
their people for a quarter of a century.
In today’s leadership, we dont need cult leaders whose minds can’t judge
between and fiction. We need leaders who can understand between and
imagination and reality and who shift people’s minds from the receptivity postion
to active processing.
Jamal Hassan [email protected]