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by Dereje Amera, Ethiopia Nov 21, 2005
Child & Youth Rights   Opinions


Poets, singers, writers, philosophers and many other great people of the planet have described it in a tool that they have felt it proper and describable. No one has told us whether they have seen or touched it. Among the external senses of man, it is touch that is the best experience explained and described more understandably and comfortably to others. Since no one can touch love, for no one meets love, we limit ourselves to feelings and emotions that personify that which we assume and wish to be love. What “love” means to all of us is, in a way, based on how our emotions dictate us. The concept of love is such a fascinating and abstract phenomena that poets and thinkers from every century and culture have something to say about it.

Love is a very interesting ingredient that sustains human beings. It gives life to the dead, eyes to the blind and understanding to the heart. Love has no class or particular race, love is not racist or discriminating. It is generous in that whoever seeks it will find it. It is enshrined in all human being’s hearts, for some it is just a matter of revealing it.

How can a guitar make no sound when the longing fingers touch it to play and seek melody from it? The difference may be the type of sound that is coming out from that guitar that needs the skill and desire, the effort and passion of the player. The more fingers that are on it and the more passion that goes into it, the sharper the melody be. I think the same may apply to love. Love needs wisdom and tact.

Fire’s only intention and purpose is to provide heat and light to those in need. The moment the user of the fire takes advantage of or abuses it the effect is no longer natural. It will most likely all go wrong and completely extinguish. In such a case, it is not appropriate to blame the fire for it is not at fault. In this case the blame must be placed on the user.

Humans need to know how to use the power of love. We need to find the proper time and place, proper instruments that galvanize our whole being. For some “love” means, “hate”. When you love them they will hate you, for they do not deserve “love”. When you give them your heart they will give you their backbone, for they do not realize what you have offered them. They have a pride which is a veil that curtains priceless gifts and shuts down immeasurable treasure.

The human heart is the most expensive entity on earth. If all earthly treasures were summed up they would not be equivalent. One should not give this priceless treasure to just any one. It is important that one contemplates whom one needs to provide for. This requires discretion and insight. Without proper judgment one is abusing that which one has possessed. The human heart is not like a box of chocolate that one picks up from the department store! It is a gem that is concealed within the self and whose treasure is unending and incalculable.

When one meets the heart of the right person there is a “point of adoration” and one starts falling in “love”. At this turning point, it is like one is entering into the most beautiful city. It is a city that is not built by any of the famous architects or engineers of the world. It does not need famous Hollywood movies for entertaining, or famous writers’ books to read. It is self-sufficient and does not need any exterior support or aid. No earthly rule can prevent entrance to this city and no earthly power is equivalent to it. This city is safe and secured. It is a place where one finds the unseen roses, undiscovered mysteries and untold secrets. No one feels sad and stressed; it is a city of delight that is calm and relaxed. No one bites others and bothers about other’s affairs.

I have dreamed it, a city like this! It is such a delightful city that I want to live in it all my life. It is not easy to sustain it is a city that demands chance (beyond one’s own control), effort (taking initiative), capacity (tolerance and understanding) and skill (manifested abilities).



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Dereje Amera

Writing is a powerful instrument to promote one's ideology, so as to transform and galvanize the whole of humanity to have a better perspective about this world.

Words are just combinations of letters, but the power they exert in every human frame is still a mystery to all.

Writing uses these mysterious forces of words as a tool to introduce, induce and create vibrations in society, which do have an influence on every aspect of our life as human beings.

May the power of WORDS prevail over all!!
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