I hold zero punches when it comes to criticizing the establishment and rebuking the US government—by the extension of almost all the world governments—along with the mainstream and social media entities for the way they have conspired over the years to consolidate power and nullify our human rights. What is evident to all but those who are not blinded by political, ideological or identity driven fealty is that powerful institutions, who are funded and propped up by invisible and unaccountable oligarchs, are hell bent on manifesting a global order and eviscerating national and individual sovereignty in the process.
However, as much as I stand firm in the axiom that humanity is being ground into dust to fulfill hidden motives, I have been conflicted between two polar theorems for a very long time. On one hand, I believe that it is perfectly right to judge those who purvey bloodshed and suffering throughout the world, even if my faith teaches me that wrath is the providence of God. On the other hand, I know that collective judgement is immoral because it opens up the door to collective judgment which is evil.
I have been contemplating this principle a lot this week, which is the reason I am penning this open letter to government staff, mainstream media personnel and social media employees, especially at Facebook and Twitter. I specifically mention these four pillars because they, unlike all other associations, have the power to shape opinion and shepherd humanity towards predestined agendas. However, this missive also applies to everyone else who works at NGOs, corporations and non-profits that have the means to influence the general public, as well as the rest of us, who in one way or another, enable the status quo through compliance.
Here is what I know to be true; within every organization, the vast majority of people are a good and God fearing lot. Whether one works at the CIA, Google, Amazon, the military, police or beyond, people who work at these powerful institutions wake up each day trying to do right. Even though they make mistakes along the way, for the most part, they do what they do not because they have malicious intentions to harm, but rather because they are trying to provide for themselves and their loved ones. To blame them for the transgressions that are committed by their employers is misguided and unscrupulous.
After all, many of us are working at corporations that are chasing profits at the cost of humanity. If one is working at Exxon-Mobile, is that person responsible for destroying our planet? If one has a job at Microsoft, should that person be held accountable for the depravities of Bill Gates? If one buys shoes from Nike, should that person be judged for being a party to child labor in sweatshops? The truth is that few of us can cast stones because no one is sinless; when it comes to the machine of capital that is gashing our planet and bludgeoning billions of people globally, we all live in glass houses. Better to tend to the planks in our pupils before we point out the splinters in the eyes of our fellow citizens.
To this end, let me acknowledge the three fingers that are pointing at me. Seven years ago, I used to be an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton; I held the same title and worked at the same corporation that Edward Snowden was employed at. I was making six figures supporting the Department of Defense as a Project Manager; during my tenure as a high priced defense consultant, I was stationed at the Pentagon, Fort Belvoir and dozens of DoD agencies assisting clients meet their IT and CRM objectives. While military personnel were being broken by wars overseas, I was making a pretty penny as I sipped my lattes on a daily basis and enjoyed the privileges of air conditioned offices.
I was hired by Booz Allen Hamilton in 2006 during the heat of the Iraq War; a job that I sought for years because of the cache that came along with being employed by one of the preeminent consulting companies in the world. Though I was vehemently opposed to the genocide that was taking place in a nation that never attacked us, I nonetheless was working for a company that was profiting handsomely from death and supporting the very agencies that were launching bombs and bullets in Iraq and countless nations around the globe. Somehow I rationalized it all; I would take part in protests against the Iraq war on the weekends only to drive to the Pentagon during the week and do my part to optimize the DoD’s war making capacities.
If our aim is to defeat evil, we cannot emulate its tactics because doing so only fuels its fire. As hard as it may be, only through inclusion, empathy and love can we drive out darkness and anger and redeem humanity. #UsNotThem https://t.co/8i8fDOKEws
— Teodrose Fikremariam (@Teodrose_Fikre) June 5, 2021
I include this personal account not to condemn myself for the crimes against humanity that were taking place in Baghdad, Mosul, Basrah, Tikrit and beyond but to arrive at a broader point. After all, I was just a Project Manager applying Six Sigma methodologies to help my customers run their operations more efficiently. I was not sitting at the policy table with Bush, Blair and their ilk making decisions that led to the murder of more than 500,000 Iraqis. But if my stance is to condemn anyone who works for a defense consulting firms, the Pentagon or the White House, then I better look in the mirror because that standard implicates me as well as the millions of people who are employed by corporations and organizations that are connected to the military-financial-
We have to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff; as in it is imperative to know the difference between active evil and passive compliance. I’ve always wondered what the line of demarcation is between those who are drafting policies that lead to human suffering around the world and the rest who are following orders for the sake of paychecks and social acceptance. I don’t know what the answer on this; only God and the ones who belong in that exclusive cabal know who the “invisible hands” choking the life out of humanity are, but I’m sure that the clan of criminals who lord over 7.5 billion people are only a tiny fraction of humanity. Whether they number in the dozens, hundreds or a few thousand is inconsequential; the point is that almost the totality of the global population is being pillaged by a handful of snakes.
Which leads me to this point, I apologize for all the times I kept painting with a broad brush and castigating people who work in government, mainstream media, social media and beyond. As I noted above, I know better than to revert to collective judgment; yet at times my passions get the best of me. This is especially true given the paradigm we live in; the strain of more than 16 months of social isolations, lockdowns and masking mandates twined with the loss of my mom last year to Covid-19 makes it hard for me to completely divorce my emotions from the objective analyses that are expected from journalists.
Wherever you are employed at three letter agencies, three letter media organizations, social media corporations or beyond—outside of a few who are actively engaging in nefarious activities and issuing dictates to their subordinates to carry out those immoral orders—the truth is that you are not to blame more than the rest of society for the evils that are being committed behind closed doors. I know you struggle daily to do right; I believe in a forgiving God and that whatever sins you commit while being forced to conform to survive in this world will be forgiven when that time arrives. The same cannot be said for the few who are intentionally creating strife; when judgment arrives, these serpents shall eat dust.
Though I offer this apology and an olive branch of sorts, I would be remiss if I did not raise this important point. I believe we have reached an inflection point as a species; agendas that were planned a long time ago are being rolled out in ways that is truly astonishing to witness. If we do not act decisively soon, we could very well be victims of prophecies that were documented a very long time ago. Given that the “vaccine” participation rate is roughly 66% and 33% are either hesitant or outright hostile to getting jabbed, what was written in Zechariah 13:8 starts to come into clear focus.
Even if you are not a person of faith like me—I am not here to evangelize because I believe spiritual walks are personal and not meant to be promoted by people who have God-complexes—most people, irrespective of their religion, and atheists alike can agree that humanity is facing imminent danger. The planet is heating up thanks to senseless consumption and rank greed while the temperament of the masses have gone beyond a boiling point. If we do not act soon, we will be broiled alive at the infernos of indifference and malice toward others who don’t look or think like us.If we want to bend the arc of history towards justice, we cannot do so by bashing others who struggle and have hopes like us, only through inclusiveness and love can we hope to make a difference in the world. #UsNotThem Click To Tweet
I am not writing this to preach or to any way be pious; after all, not too long ago I used to view justice through the prisms of identity and ideologies. It was not until I lost my job at Booz Allen Hamilton and endured two years of homelessness that the scales of tribalism were removed from my eyes by virtue of sharing meals and hopelessness with fellow broken souls who had differing skin tones and divergent thoughts than I did. The greatest education I have received was not gaining a Bachelor of Arts at George Mason University or attaining an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, it was the wisdom I earned through the school of hard knocks from 2015 through 2017.
Before I experienced the crucibles of sleeping on the streets, not knowing where my next meal was coming from and other tribulations that I’ve given to God, I used to place all the ills of the world at the feet of “white” people and I used to bash Republican voters mercilessly. It took the misery of indigence and seeing a seven year old “white” girl named Samantha eating at a homeless shelter while I was living there for me to realize that our differences are nothing compared to our common humanity. Since the inception of human life, we have been deceived by dark forces to view others who are not “of us” as enemies; this level of strife has enriched the top 1% but it has made pauper and pulp out of the rest of us.
For the people in the US military, as well as militaries throughout the world, a time will come where you will have to decide between following orders or honoring God—replace God with love if you don’t believe in a Creator—who resides in your hearts. When that time comes, I hope and pray that you choose this love over executing immoral commands. For people who work in government, you too will have to make a choice between serving public serpents or standing with your families, friends, neighbors and fellow humans. Lastly, to the executives, engineers, project managers and employees at mainstream and social media corporations, ask yourself this question: how much longer are you going to help spread propaganda while suppressing truths that will eventually come out in the light?
For the rest of us—the marginalized super-majority of humanity irrespective of where you work or your station in life—the time has come for us to put aside divisions which have been inculcated in our hearts and minds for centuries. At long last, we must understand that people who do not share our complexions or complexities of ideas nonetheless share the same struggles and hopes that we do. We have a commonality of pains and hopes; if we don’t strive to unite on these precepts, in due time, we will have a commonality of woes as a final dissolution arrives at our doors. May God bless humanity and may his judgment be served to those who harm men, women and children throughout the world::
“The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox but dust will be the serpent’s food.” ~ Isaiah 65:25
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