“Let my people go!”
“Let them go!
Robert Mugabe must be a great-great-grandson of Pharaoh. Indisputable facts mean nothing to him. He’s convinced Zim is just fine, despite its complete economic collapse and wildfire cholera epidemic.
He is just like Pharaoh, who watched his country’s water become infected, all its crops destroyed and his people become ill and die. Yet, he remained unmoved.
How can a leader be so blind to the obvious crisis in his backyard?
Pharaoh- and all his spiritual heirs through history- remained convinced at all times that he was the only one who “really” understood. His way was the right way. After all, things had run his way for as long as he could recall and had worked.
“Free the Jews? We’ve never done that, why should we start now?”
“Obey Hashem? Nobody tells me what to do!”
Pharaoh could choose to be “right” or to be happy. He chose to be “right”- and paid the price.
He’s still alive today, Pharaoh, inside you and inside me.
He still spews rhetoric about how he’s the only one who truly understands and nobody is clever enough to advise him and how he has always done things this way, which must prove he is right. Pharaoh is our voice of over-confidence and inflexibility.
To succeed in life we need to listen to our Moses-voice, the one that urges progress, openness to new ideas and a listening ear.