“Can you spare me 300 Nakfa to tide me over until I get my salary?”
“My wife has just given birth to a beautiful child, can I have an advanced payment?”
Shakespeare tells us to be neither a borrower nor a lender, the Holy Bible counsels us to lend without any thought of getting it back. The Bible was right. On the other hand one clever wit by the name Oscar Wilde, once said borrow money from a pessimist, he won’t expect it back.
The Greeks believed that the world was made of fire, air, water and earth. The Chinese added wood to the repertoire. These were again projected to the human anatomy and gave rise to the four cardinal humors of blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile. More phlegm in the blood and you smile as you watch your friend drowning; more red bile and you feel like flogging your wife; more blood and you better take a valium and go to bed.
Adey Tsirha loved to drink coffee early in the morning after attending church mass. She trusted St. Michael but distrusted her neighbors very much. She loved God and hated people. She was, to put it mildly, a loner.
Religion is a system of life to many societies. Religion is something people rely upon as they go through their life. Many societies in the world practice different religions that their faiths in their communities respect, live and die for. Religion is simply a big part of people's agenda where they focus in and worship insistently with their full heart and depend solely on their super natural phenomenon. Within a religion many pillars and commandments form the whole picture. Stating clearly, many do's and don'ts create the soul of the religion. Hence it is time for the Islamic calendar to start the prodigious month of Ramadan, where the Muslim community throughout the world fasts for a span of a month.
Whenever I look back to the time where I was not part of, but have heard so much that I feel I was there, I empathize with my people. I sense their suffering and at the same time I admire the hard but fruitful struggle they faced to achieve Independence. Especially, the stories of the armed struggle and the heroic deeds of the freedom fighters never fail to inspire and make me proud.
Was May of last year as hot as May of this year! People have short memories when it comes to weather. If you find certain days in Asmara unduly hot or cold and you are from Asmara, then you must have changed a lot.
Art, humanities, literature, music, painting, philosophy, performing arts… all these words are combined into one: culture. The customs, the social settings are in constant move throughout history and even more in the era of interconnectedness. While cultural mainstream tries to impose its values and cultural codes, Eritrea manages to keep intact its culture by passing the torch to the younger generation. Anyone in Eritrea throughout this month-long of celebration of the silver jubilee anniversary cannot be indifferent to the amount of activities and involvement of all layers of society in all programs. This month, we are not solely celebrating Eritrea’s independence, but also strengthening or reaffirming our cultural diplomatic resilience. Hence, let’s have a glimpse on the strength of cultural diplomacy and its benefits for Eritrea in broader sense.