Intellectuals – Manipulating Our People in South Sudan
Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia
August 15, 2016 (SSB) — Following my last article, one of those who made some comments expressed his disapproval of my use of the term, “Intellectuals” to apply on those who are engaged in such kind of writings. One out of four dictionary definitions he provided reads, an intellectual person is “an extremely rational person; a person who relies on intellect rather than on emotions or feelings.” He went on to suggest that those who are inciting violence and promoting hatred as “War mongers” or “Propagandists.” This is a good point but I would continue using the term “Intellectuals” for the sake of consistency.
The use of the Internet comes with responsibility or the lack of it. We, who use the Internet in Diaspora, can use it to help our people build bridges (strengthen relationships) and that is a good thing. We can use it in order to share ideas, ideas that would help us mature and let us make sense of our world, and that is a good thing. We can use it, moreover, to help us resolve the issues we have had for so long and issues that have surfaced after South Sudan gained its independence, and that is a good thing. In short, we can use it to build our new identity and that is a good thing.