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  • “ረሃብ ትችላለህን” ቢሉት፤ “ኧረ ጥጋብም እችላለሁ” አለ

    ከለታት አንድ ቀን በትልቅነታቸው የተከበሩ፣ በየጊዜው በሚካሄዱ ጦርነቶች ድል በማድረጋቸው የተፈሩ፣ አንድ የድሮ ጊዜ ንጉሥ ነበሩ፡፡
    ንግሥቲቱም እንደዚሁ፤ ንጉሡን በምክርም በማገዝ፤ በዘመቻ ጊዜ ስንቅ በማዘጋጀትም የመኳንንቱንና የመሳፍንቱን ሚስቶች አስተባብሮ በመምራትም በዙፋኑ ዙሪያ አስተዋጽኦ የሚያደርጉ ነበሩ፡፡
    ንጉሡና ንግስቲቱም በመዝናኛ በጨዋታ ጊዜያቸው፣ ወግ እየጠረቀ የግጥም ቃል እያዋጣ፣ ፈገግ ፈገግ የሚያሰኙ ቀልዶች አሰማምሮ በማቅረብ የሚታወቅ የንጉሥ አጫዋች ነበር፡፡ ንጉሡ ይጭኑት አጋሠስ፣ ይለጉሙት ፈረስ፣ ያጋጤቡት ወርቅ፣ ያስጥሉት ጠጅ፣ ያስጠምቁት ጠላ፣ የተትረፈረፋቸው ቢሆንም መንፈሳዊ ሃሴትን ይጉናፀፉ ዘንድ፣ ያ የንጉሥ አጫዋች ከምንም የሚበልጥባቸው ነውና እንደ አይናቸው ብሌን ይንከባከቡት ነበር፡፡ አንድ ቀን እንደተለመደው ግብር ገብቶ፣ ሰው ሁሉ በልቶ ጠጥቶ ከተሸኘ በኋላ፣ ልዩ አስተያየት የሚደረግላቸው የተባሉ የቅርብ የቅርብ ሰዎች ማለትም መኳንንቱና መሳፍንቱ እንዲሁም ባለሥልጣናቱ ልዩ መስተንግዶ ተደርጐላቸው በሉ ጠጡ፤ ተዝናኑ፤ ወደየማደሪያቸውም ተሸኙ፡፡
    እነሆ የንጉሡና የንግሥቲቱ ማረፊያ ሰዓት ተቃረበ፡፡ በዚህ ሰዓት ግን በመካከል መላአከ ሞት በድንገት ተከስቶ በድግሱ አጠገብ ሲያልፍ፣ የንጉሡን አጫዋች ትኩር ብሎ አይቶት ይሄዳል፡፡
     ያ የንጉሥ አጫዋች ክፉኛ ልቡ ደነገጠ፡፡ ንጉሡና ንግሥቲቱ ወደ መኝታ ቤታቸው ይገባሉ፡፡ ድንክዬው የንጉሡ አጫዋችም ወደ መኝታው ይሄዳል፡፡ ሆኖም እንቅልፍ አልወሰደውም፡፡ ያስጨነቀው ነገር አለ፡፡ ስለዚህ ወደ ንጉሡ መኝታ ቤት ሄዶ በሩን አንኳኳ፡፡
    “ማነህ” አሉ፤ ንጉሡ
    “እኔ ነኝ አጫዋችዎ”
    ተነስተው አገኙት፡፡
    “ምነው ምን ሆነሃል? አሉት”
    “ዛሬ እያጫወትኮት ሳለ መላዕከ ሞት መጥቶ ትክ ብሎ አይቶኝ ሄደ፡፡ የምደበቅበት ቦታ ካላገኘሁኝ ይዞኝ ሊሄድ ነው የመጣው፡፡ ልቤ ክፉኛ ፈርቷል፡፡ ንጉሥ ሆይ፤ ያሽሹኝ እባክዎ!”
    ንጉሡም ጥቂት አሰብ አድርገው፤ “ግዴለም በአሁን ጊዜ ሩቅ አገር ህንድ ነው፤ ነገ ጠዋት ወደዚያ ትሄድና ጥቂት ቀን ቆይተህ ትመለሳለህ፡፡ እኔም በፀሎቴ አምላኬን እማፀንልሃለሁ፡፡ በል አሁን ተረጋግተህ ተኛ፡፡” ብለው ወደ መኝታቸው ገቡ፡፡
    ጠዋት የንጉሡ አጫዋች ተሰነዳድቶ ሲጨርስ መርከቡ መጥቶለት ወደ ህንድ አገር ተጓዘ፡፡
    መድረሱን አረጋገጠ፡፡
    ከዚያን ቀን ጀምሮ ነጋ ጠባ ያጫዋቻቸውን ነገር ለማወቅ ሌት ተቀን ፀሎት ማድረሳቸውን ተያያዙት፡፡
    ከአንድ ሳምንት ምህላ በኋላ መላዕከ ሞት ተገለጠላቸው፡፡
    “ንጉሥ ሆይ፤ ምን እርዳታ አስፈለግዎት?” ሲልም ጠየቃቸው፡፡
    “ምነው? አጫዋቼን፣ መንፈስ መሰብሰቢያዬን፣ የቤተ መንግሥት መዝናኛ ፈጣሪዬን፣ የጭንቅ ጊዜ አንደበቴን ልትወስደው አሰብክ? አላሳዝንህምን?” ሲሉ ጠየቁት፡፡
    መላዕከ ሞትም “ንጉሥ ሆይ፤ እርግጥ ነው መጥቼ አይቼዋለሁ፤ ትኩር ብዬም አስተውዬዋለሁ”
    “ታዲያ ስለምን ይዘኸው ልትሄድ አሰብክ?”
    “እኔ ትኩር ብዬ ያስተዋልኩትኮ በአንድ ምክንያት ብቻ ነው፡፡”
    “መላዕክ ሆይ፤ ያ ምክንያትህ ምን ይሆን?”
     “ንጉሥ ሆይ ትኩር ብዬ ያየሁት፣ እኔ ከአምላክ የታዘዝኩት ከህንድ አገር አምጣው ተብዬ ነው፤ እዚህ እየሩሳሌም ውስጥ ምን ያደርጋል ብዬ ነው!” አለ፡፡
    እንግዲህ የንጉሥ አጫዋች ወደማይቀርለት ቦታ፣ ወደተፃፈለት ሥፍራ ሄዷለ ማለት ነው፡፡
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    ጐበዝ፤ “የተፃፈ ነገር ከመፈፀም አይቀርም” የሚለውን የመጽሐፍ ቃል አለመዘንጋት ነው፡፡
    እንቁ የልጅነት የሥነ ጽሑፍ አባታችን ደራሲ ከበደ ሚካኤል፤
    “እንዲሁም በዓለም ላይ፣
    አለ አንዳንድ ነገር
    በዚህ ቢሉት በዚያ
    ከመሆን የማይቀር!”
    ሲሉ ጠቅለል አድርገው ገልፀውልናል፡፡ ምንም እንኳ ሰዋዊ በሆነው ተጨባጭ አለም የህይወት ነብር - ወገ ቢር ህሊናዊው (Subjective) እንዲሁም ነባራዊው (Objective) ብለን በመክፈል የሁለቱን ውህደት እንደ ፖለቲካዊ፣ ኢኮኖሚያዊና ማህበራዊ ተያያዥ መስተጋብር፣ ትርጉም ሰጥተን ለህልውናችን ፍቺ ለማድረግ በመሞከር የእጣ ፈንታን ፍፃሜ - ነገር ለማመላከት የሰው ልጅ ዓለም ከተፈጠረ፣ ታሪክ ከተጀመረ፣ ዘመን ከተቆጠረ ጀምሮ እንደ ጣረ፣ እንደተፍጨረጨረ አለ፣ በመንፈስም በሥጋም ጽድቅና ኩነኔን፤ ክፉና በጐን “በተቃራኒዎች አንድነትና ትግል” መንዝሮ በተለያየ መንገድ ለማጤን ሲሞክር መኖሩ ያለ፣ የነበረና ወደፊትም የሚኖር ነው፡፡
    ከሰፊው ሁለንተናዊ ዓለም ወደ ጠባቡ ዓለም መምጣት አይቀሬ ነው፡፡ ዛሬ ከዓለም በታሪክ ታይቶና ሆኖ በማያውቅ መልኩ (unprecedented) የተከሰተ፣ ለያዥ ለገራዥ ያስቸገረ፣ ጠቢባንን ሁሉ የተፈታተነ፣ ቀሳፊ በሽታ (ኮሮና) ሰለባ ከመሆኗ በመነሳት እንደ የኃይማኖቱ ፈርጅ በፀሎትና በምህላ እልባቱን መማፀን ከቤተሰብ ወደ ህብረተሰብ፣ ከሀገር ወደ ዓለም በሰፋ መልኩ ምኞትና ተስፋውን የሙጥኝ ማለቱን ሌት ተቀን ተያይዞታል፡፡ ይህም ግዴታ ከሆነ ሰነባብቷል፡፡ ያም ሆኖ በሳይንሳዊ አመክኖዮአዊና ሥነ አዕምሮአዊ መንገድ የህክምና ቴክኖሎጂን እጅህ ከምን እና የየአቅምን ጥንቃቄና የችግር ማቃለያን መንገዶች ሁሉ መሻቱ እንደተጠበቀ ሆኖ ቀጥሏል፡፡ ጥናቱን ይስጠን!
    አገራችንም በሽታው መግባቱ ከተመዘገበበት ቀን ጀምሮ የተያዙ፣ ተገልለው ማቆያ ገብተው ተገቢው ክትትል የሚደረግላቸው፣ ያገገሙና ህይወታቸው ምን ደረጃ እንደደረሰ ያለፈውንና የአሁኑን ስታትስቲካዊ ቀመር ለማስቀመጥና የአቅምን ያህል እለታዊ ጊዜያዊ ዘገባ ማቅረቡ ፍፁም ባይባልም፣ እየተሻሻለና እድገቱ ለውጥ እያሳየ መምጣቱን፣ ቁጥሩ ግን እየበዛ መቀጠሉን የማሳወቅና መረጃ የመስጠት ተግባሩ የሚበረታታ ጉዳይ ነው፡፡ ያም ሆኖ የህዝባችን የአንድ ሰሞን ብቻ ስነስርዓት አክባሪነትና መመሪያ ተቀባይነት የጉዳዩን አሳሳቢነት በአስከፊ መልኩ እንድንታዘብ ያደረገ ሲሆን፤ አሌ የማንለው የችግር አሻራውን ተራራ አከል ደረጃ እየደረሰ መሆኑን ማጤን ተገደናል:: የሚደረገው ጥረት እንዳለ ሆኖ ውትወታዊ ማስጠንቀቂያውንና ትምህርታዊ ምክሩ ቢያታክትም፣ ዛሬም መደገሙ ተገቢ ነው እንላለን፡፡
    በየቦታው የሚፈነዳው ግጭትና ሁከት፣ ነውጥና የመሣሪያ ዝውውር (የዕጽም ጭምር) ጐርፍ፣  በእንቅርት ላይ ጆሮ ደግፍ ነው፡፡ “የምበላው ሳጣ ልጄ ጥርስ አወጣ” እንደሚባለው ነው፡፡ ዛሬ ትምህርት በተቋረጠበት፣ ሥራ አገም ጠገም በሆነበት፤ ከኮሮና ውጭ ያሉ የሌሎች የበሽታ ሁኔታ አስጊ በሆነበት ሥራ አጥነትና መፍትሔው መላው በጠፋበት ሁሉንም ለማቃለል መሞከሩ ቢበረታታም፤ ችግራችን ዛሬም ጭንቅላት የሚያሲዝ ነው፡፡
    “ግመሎቹ ይሄዳሉ ውሾቹ ይጮሃሉ” የሚለው የሚታይ ቢሆንም፤ ግመሎቹም አልቆሙም ውሾቹም ላንቃቸው አልተዘጋም፡፡ በየትኛውም መስክ ያሉ ተቃዋሚ ድርጅቶችም የመደራደሪያ ጠረጴዛ ከነመኖሩም አለ ብለው ማሰቡን ያጡት ይመስላሉ፡፡
    ድርድርን የበላው ጅብ አልጮህ ማለቱ እርግጥ ነው፡፡ በአንፃሩ በሌላው ወገን ጭራሽ ዘራፌዋውም እንደቀጠለ ነው፡፡ ጐረቤት አገሮች በአባይ ግድብ አይናቸው እንደቀላ መሆኑ፤ አሳሳቢነቱን ጋብ አላደረገውም፡፡ በአንጻሩ ችግኝ መትከሉና ወቅቱን መሻማቱ ብልህነት ነው፡፡ በዚህ መሃል ስርዓተ አልበኝነትን በቅጡ መዋጋት ተገቢ ነው:: “ወንጀሎች ሌብነቶች፣ የችሎት ግቢ መጣበቦች ጥሩ ምልኪ መስለው አይታዩንም፤ ዲሞክራሲው ዛሬም ውጥር ግትር ነው፡፡ የእኩልነት የወንድማማችነት የመብትና ነፃነት ሁኔታ የልባችን ሞልቷል ማለት ገና አያስደፍርም፤ ሥር ነቀልና ጥብቅ ሂደትን ይጠይቃል፡፡ የግድቡ ሙሌት የአንድነት መንፈስ መፍጠሩን ማድነቅ ተገቢ ሆኖ፣ አሁንም ጥንቃቄንና በዓይነ ቁራኛ ማየትን ይሻል፡፡ የላዕላይ - መዋቅሩ የሥልጣን ሽግሽግ ከ1966ቱ “ጉልቻ ቢቀያየር ወጥ አያጣፍጥም” የሚል መፈክሩ ወጥቶ እውነተኛ የለውጥ መንፈስ ማንገቡን እርግጠኛ መሆን ያስፈልጋል፡፡ ዞሮ ዞሮ የዜሮ ድምር ጨዋታ እንዳልሆነ ያየነውን ያህል፣ የፓርኮች፣ የቅርስ ቦታዎችና ልዩ ልዩ የቱሪስት መስህቦች ህልውና ላይ ትኩረት መስጠቱ ይበል ማሰኘቱን በአጠቃላይ አዎንታዊ ጉዳዮች አንፃር አጥጋቢ መሆኑን ስናይ፤ “ረሀብ ትችላለህን?” ቢሉት” ኧረ ጥጋብም እችላለሁ አለ” የተባለውን ተረት ሳንዘነጋ፤ መሬት በረገጠ መልኩ መጓዝ ይጠበቅብናል፡፡

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  • Covid-19 deaths should start dropping across US by next week, CDC chief says

    Covid-19 deaths should start dropping across US by next week, CDC chief says

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    (CNN)Covid-19 deaths in the US should start dropping around parts of the country by next week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director said, as Americans stick to mitigation efforts that help curb the spread of the virus.

    So far, more than 5.5 million Americans have been infected and at least 174,255 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The country's seven-day average for daily deaths has topped 1,000 for at least 24 days in a row.
    Mitigation measures like controlling crowds and shutting down bars work, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Thursday, but it takes time until they're reflected in the numbers.
    "It is important to understand these interventions are going to have a lag, that lag is going to be three to four weeks," Redfield said in an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Hopefully this week and next week you're going to start seeing the death rate really start to drop."
     
    The daily average of new cases in the US has been on the decline for weeks. Redfield's message comes as one Trump administration official said Covid-19 case trends are now "going in the right direction."
    But Redfield warned that while officials have observed cases fall across red zones in the country, cases in yellow zones across the heart of the US aren't falling.
    "Middle America right now is getting stuck," he said. "That is why it's so important for Middle America to recognize the mitigation that we talked about ... it's for Middle America too, the Nebraskas, the Oklahomas."
    "We don't need to have a third wave in the heartland right now," he said. "We need to prevent that."

    Superspeading events help drive pandemic

    In rural areas, superspreading events have been especially important in helping drive the pandemic, researchers in Georgia said this week.
    Superspreading events like parties, conferences and large gatherings have been cautioned against by leaders throughout the country. Earlier this month, experts raised concern about a motorcycle rally in a small South Dakota town which was expected to bring tens of thousands of visitors.
    Biostatistician Max Lau of Emory University and a team analyzed Georgia health department data in more than 9,500 Covid-19 cases in four metro Atlanta-area counties and Dougherty County in rural southwestern Georgia between March and May.
    "Overall, about 2% of cases were directly responsible for 20% of all infections," they wrote in their report.
    Younger people were more likely to spread the virus than people over 60, the Georgia study showed.
    In Ohio, the governor said that while the state has seen a significant decrease in cases across urban areas, infections have increased in rural areas.
    "Spread is primarily, we're seeing in social situations, family gatherings where people are unmasked, and in close contact and basically let their guard down," Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday.

    Up to 60 million Americans likely infected

    Experts have for long said the true number of infections throughout the country is likely many times higher than the cases reported.
    On Thursday, Redfield said as many as 60 million Americans could have contracted the virus -- more than 10 times the number of cases recorded.
    "I think if you're going to do a crude estimate, somewhere between 30 and 60 million people -- but let's let the data come out and see what the data shows," he said.
    There are many reasons behind why the number of true infections remain uncertain.
    Many cases were missed early on in the pandemic due to a lack of testing capacity. And many Americans who never got tested in the first place could recover from the virus without ever knowing they had it. Last month, the CDC estimated about 40% of people infected with the virus don't show symptoms.

    White House declares teachers essential workers

    Meanwhile, amid a turbulent back-to-school season the White House made a new push for a return to education normalcy.
    Teachers were declared essential workers in what is the administration's latest effort to pressure school districts to bring students back this fall.
    Under Department of Homeland Security guidance issued this week, teachers are now considered "critical infrastructure workers," and are subject to the same kinds of advisories as other workers who have born that label -- such as doctors and law enforcement officers.
    Guidance for essential workers state they can continue to work even after exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as long as they remain asymptomatic.
    Across the US, institutions have been torn between remote instruction or implementing dozens of new measures to prevent virus clusters around in-person learning. Many teachers have protested a return to in-person instruction, saying doing so could prove deadly. Some have opted to resign instead of going back to class amid the pandemic.
    In Arizona, three teachers who shared a classroom teaching online during the pandemic all contracted the virus earlier this summer, despite following safety protocols. One of them died less than two weeks after being hospitalized.
    As some schools reopened, more than 2,000 students, teachers and staff members across several states were asked to quarantine following more than 200 positive cases reported.
    And as university campuses now welcome students into dorms, colleges across at least 15 states have reported Covid-19 cases, tracing back to athletics, Greek life or off-campus gatherings.
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