Life Matters | Apr 26,2019
January 12 , 2019
By Eden Sahle ( Eden Sahle is founder and CEO of Yada Technology Plc. She has studied law with a focus on international economic law. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. )
Eden Sahle is founder and CEO of Yada Technology Plc. She has studied law and international economic law. She can be reached at email@example.com.
I spent a great deal of time in church when I was a child. Unfortunately, it was an experience that left much to be desired. There was a place where, surprisingly enough, bullying and discrimination was rife and not just by the children.
I know several people who gave up on their faith because of their experiences in religious institutions. Given that religion is held in high regard in Ethiopia, and as a measure of moral and ethical compasses, the shedding of trust of religious institutions in the eyes of the people can have negative social consequences. This is all the more crucial given that alternative secular institutions or organisations are in short supply for citizens to fall back on.
A few months back, I was able to attend a religious organisation which left me discontented. It came off as sexist and insensitive to parts of the public. It was sending the wrong message to the people that were gathered. Taken for granted, such public announcements and teachings can only do more damage than good in people’s social and personal lives.
Religious institutions should be places where people learn life-changing lessons about personal growth and support to one another. It should not be a place where matters of gender, ethnicity and politics are discussed in such a partial and inappropriate language.
Unlike what we see in Ethiopia, the Tanzanian practice is more beneficial to society. I observed a very admirable culture and secular policy where the country facilitates opportunities to create interreligious marriages and collaboration among the different ethnic groups.
When students go to college, they are made to attend a university located far from the place they grew up in to encourage societal cohesion. I was amazed to learn that the country implements the same policy even at correctional centres, keeping convicts with those who came from different parts of Tanzania. And their religious institutions have managed to create respect and collaboration among their different congregations establishing more harmonious communities than it appears to be in Ethiopia.
As can be learned from Tanzania within the social and cultural dimensions, religious institutions can play a great role in creating positive interactions, and connecting communities for a great goal. The process for the adequate fulfilling of moral values – for which many look towards their faiths for inspiration - necessitates the skilful approach of the representative institutional embodiments to realise social harmony.
This serves to develop a set of appropriate social and personal relationships and ties. Where there is a structure of reciprocal dependencies and interactions, it becomes beneficial to create a collaborative and informed society devoted to providing support and mutual respect.
In a country such as Ethiopia, where 98pc of citizens say religion is important to them - one of the highest in the world – according to a Pew Research survey, faith-based institutions should realise their role is more than providing devout teachings but also help build a society that is hospitable, respectful and moral.
They must utilise their influence to inspire the public to act better. They should be sincere, be accountable, and stress the importance of empathy in a nation divided on identity and politics. It will be constructive for everyone if they act with careful considerations regarding not only their own benefits but also the interests of others.
Apart from the inspirational function of religion in the creation of the conceptual foundations of various world-views, the basic ideas, thoughts, values and norms of the analysed dimension of religion have also been seen to imbue citizens with good moral values.
Increased attention should be given to the potential role of shared motivations, common identities and community collaborations to drive socio-economic development. Religion should offer significant protective roles against biases, providing a sense of belonging for citizens.
PUBLISHED ON Jan 12,2019 [ VOL 19 , NO 976]
Life Matters | Apr 26,2019
Verbatim | Nov 17,2018
Fortune News | Sep 11,2020
Sunday with Eden | Jun 15,2019
Radar | Mar 26,2022
Viewpoints | Feb 09,2019
View From Arada | Mar 05,2022
Commentaries | Jun 18,2022
Fineline | Mar 09,2019
View From Arada | Oct 09,2021
Photo Gallery | 54732 Views | May 06,2019
Fortune News | 47192 Views | Jul 18,2020
Photo Gallery | 46562 Views | Apr 26,2019
Fortune News | 46201 Views | Sep 01,2021
Commentaries | Aug 13,2022
Life Matters | Aug 13,2022
My Opinion | Aug 13,2022
Sunday with Eden | Aug 13,2022
Agenda | Aug 14,2022
Editorial | Aug 14,2022
July 2 , 2022 . By RUTH TAYE
On a rainy afternoon last week, a coffee processing facility in the capital's Akaki-Qality District was abuzz with activ...
November 27 , 2021
Against my will, I have witnessed the most terrible defeat of reason and the most sa...
November 13 , 2021
Plans and reality do not always gel. They rarely do in a fast-moving world. Every act...
October 16 , 2021 . By HAWI DADHI
Residing in a country with no capital market, an organised marketplace for trading se...
Leaders of the National Election Board are in a charm offensive mood, of a sort. Last week, they organised a rare tour for members of the me...
When the country’s most senior diplomats and envoys return back to their posts after two-week debriefings, they leave behind a point or tw...
August 14 , 2022
The call for lofty ideals such as national dialogue and consensus has been as old as...
August 6 , 2022
Few initiatives by the administration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) have been pu...
July 30 , 2022
Ethiopia’s banking industry is not merely underdeveloped. It has historically regre...
July 23 , 2022
The flip side of a government spending plan is financing. Behind the campaign promise...
PM Abiy Ahmed (PhD) at a Gala Dinner Called for the Awarding of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize
May 6 , 2019
Having studied psychology, I am fascinated by how our thoughts shape our lives. I am also interested in mental health and try my best to cre...
August 14 , 2022 . By RAHEL BOGALE
Federal authorities approved submissions by the Addis Abeba University (AAU) administ...
August 13 , 2022 . By BERSABEH GEBRE
The federal government is imposing a new tax, hoping to generate an additional 22 bil...
August 15 , 2022
Agricultural authorities have backpedalled on a decision to raise the minimum price t...
August 13 , 2022 . By ELSHADAY HAGOS
Transport authorities have introduced unique license plates to vehicles owned by indi...
Or see contact page