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የስነስርቆት መሰረታዉያን

1. When you can’t do, teach.

2. When you can’t write, steal.

3. When you steal, steal from those in your power [like your students, for example]

4. Tweak the language a bit.

5. Threaten to fail those students who said, or acted like, they’d tell.

6. Be the head of a department or a close friend to one so the plagiarized students can’t appeal to a higher power.

7. Work with fellow cheaters, thieves, and/or cowards who won’t say a thing although your theft, your being a liar and a cheat, is የአደባባይ ሚስጥር.

8. It helps if the system is set up in such a way that your fellow lecturer can’t accept the girls you failed for not sleeping with you without feeling like he is crossing some professional-courtesy boundary.

9. Listen more than you talk, convincing everyone you know better than you let on.

10. Be funny. Be amusing. Mention that “ሴክሲ ሸርት”… “ወሲባም ሸርት” example everywhere you go [and every year you came back]. Students, especially male students, are a sucker for that. [Remember Sibhat Gebre Egziabher and “ሁላችንም በብልግና ነው የተወለድነው”?! Yeah, do that].

11. Declare your book a necessary read.

12. Don’t veer from the lesson plan or your notes from yesteryears [it is all new to the new students].

13. Break the spirit of those students who exhibited talent by giving them a “C+” and comparing them to the dumb-asses you gave a “B” to because the later are at least showing improvement.

14. Do not acknowledge potential, or that there is such a thing as “personal style”. Smile like a snarky demon and say they should have followed your rules if they wanted to get an “A”.

15. Be like the story in Luke 8:5. Not the sower. Nor the seed. But the other things. The feet, the birds, the rocks, the thorn.

16. Do not attempt to earn your PhD, may prove your incompetence and even lose you your assistant professor job. [Wasn’t there an Artist Teferi Alemu drama based on that exact premise?!]

17. Sport gray hair. Look dull. Look fatherly. [They won’t see you coming].

18. Be immovable, detached, and above it all. [So they look crazy when they do].

19. Teach at Addis Ababa University.

20. Live and die in Ethiopia.

“የአዲስ አበባ ይንቨርስቲ አማርኛ ዲፓርትመንት ደራሲ የማያብቅለው በሳቸው ምክንያት ነው ይባላል. እስቲ አሉ ሚባሉትን ደራሲዎች ስም ጥሪ፦ በእውቀቱ ስዩም.. አዳም ረታ.. ኢቭን እንዳለ ጌታ ከበደ የሌላ ዲፓርትመንት ተመራቂዎች ናቸው።” [የአዲስ አበባ ይንቨርስቲ “አማርኛ ዲፓርትመንት” ተማሪ ለዚህ ጸሓፊ ከአመታት በፊት የተናገረው።]

Inspired by an article entitled «የኢትዮጵያ የሥነ ጽሑፍ ዋርካ ነው የወደቀው» by Deutsche Welle Amharic [link below photo]. መታሰቢያነቱ: To Ato Zerihun Asfaw, Assistant Professor and “writer” of “የስነጽሁፍ መሰረታውያን”. RIP

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