Moral Value (Safuu)

A4Oromo History & Culture Aug 17, 2021


The Oromo society as a nation is united through various shared values. Among others Gadaa, egalitarianism, respect for the liberty and dignity of the individuals, commitment to the rule of law are the most important features of Oromo society.

Safuu is the principle of deep moral honor and accountability of the Oromo people that was fostered by fearing Waaqayyo (God). "Yoon maqe, Waaqni na arga" is the principle rooted in each Oromo proven to be worthy of wholesomeness, to have virtue, and love other. These types of people have a desire to understand and live by traditional values. Young Oromo children often spoke about the fundamental principle that telling the truth, respecting nature, being trustworthy, and standing for the right thing is natural to human beings. As an Oromo, we were taught these values and it made us women and men of such noble character. Not only our characters were shaped by Safuu Oromo, even the process of Seera tumu (law making) was inspired by this principle and the Gadaa system was framed on the basis of Safuu.

In addition, Safuu is the principle of restoration of human dignity in a significant way. Because of Safuu, Birmadummaa and honesty is expected from each Oromo so that we all can live virtuous life of divine purposes. The Oromo people, because they believed in being honest, true, benevolent and virtuous in doing good to humanity, they demanded no money for their work and time. They worked on their farms but served their country as abbaa Seeraa, abbaa Alangaa, abbaa Caffee, abbaa Bokku and as Hadha sinqee etc.

Because of Safuu, the Oromos are inspired to respect nature and committed to deal justly with humankind! That's why we are indebted to freedom-loving individuals everywhere who had the integrity necessary to build the foundations of human societies upon safuu's fundamental moral values. Only in an atmosphere of freedom and trust could values like honesty and integrity truly flourish. Safuu Oromo therefore is an expectation that people must rise above self-interest and act in the public interest with wisdom and courage both on the national and the local political scene. Because of Safuu, the Oromos are inspired to respect nature and committed to deal justly with humankind. The men and women descended from a common ancestor constitute a corporate group, in that they share many collective heritage, values, rights and obligations. The society has considerable influence on the life and behavior of the individual members. Individual privileges, rights, obligations /duties/ and social identity are all imbedded in the society.

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