Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#197 / Ubuntu



Politics in the United States is mostly a conflict between two political parties, the "ME" party and the "WE" party. Maybe we should study up on Ubuntu. 

Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term roughly translating to "human kindness." In Southern Africa, it has come to be used as a term for a kind of humanist philosophy also known as Ubuntuism. Since the transition to democracy in South Africa with the Nelson Mandela presidency in 1994, the term has become more widely known outside of Southern Africa, notably popularized to English language readers by Desmond Tutu.

The Ubuntu Project (you can sign up for email bulletins at their website) translates the term Ubuntu as follows: "I am who I am because of who we all are." The website also recounts this story: 

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others’ hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: “UBUNTU! How can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”

Maybe we should study up on Ubuntu.


Image Credit:
http://theubuntuproject.com.au/stories-of-humanity/

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