Wednesday, January 14, 2009

awhile ago i came across the concept of ubuntu, and i was immediately fascinated. here is how desmond tutu explains the idea:

Ubuntu is a concept that we have in our Bantu languages at home. Ubuntu is the essence of being a person. It means that we are people through other people. We cannot be fully human alone. We are made for interdependence, we are made for family. When you have ubuntu, you embrace others. You are generous, compassionate. If the world had more ubuntu, we would not have war. We would not have this huge gap between the rich and the poor. You are rich so that you can make up what is lacking for others. You are powerful so that you can help the weak, just as a mother or father helps their children.

"We cannot be fully human alone." wow!

in completely unrelated news, i'm in love with this video:

2 comments:

jackson said...

Love this post. Ubuntu indeed.
We all need a little more ubuntu.

Alison said...

i love hall and oats