Ubuntu

“I am what I am because of who we all are”.

One of my favourite words is “Ubuntu“, of South African origin.

The concept states that all of us, as humans, are connected into one family.  When one of us is happy, we are all happy.  When one of us is hurt, we are all hurt.

According to the Book “Ubuntu” by Stephen Lundin and Bob Nelson,

“Ubuntu is a philosophy that considers the success of the group above that of the individual.  It says that we exist because of our connection to the human community.  I am a person through other human beings. 

If you allow differences to define a relationship, you will always be at odds with others.  Ubuntu asks: ‘What do we have in common?’ ‘How can we best work together?’ 

The door to Ubuntu is called gratitude, and is always open.  The path to Ubuntu is marked by our humanity; we follow the path from person to person.  The spirit of Ubuntu is found through community.  Community is created when you find unity of purpose with others”.

UBUNTU AND COOPERATION

The Ubuntu concept perfectly exemplifies my philosophy that cooperation and collaboration are better than competition.  It is said that Nelson Mandela used the power of Ubuntu to help put an end to apartheid in South Africa.

I personally believe that if we all seek to help each other, to edify and praise each other, to put others before ourselves, to define our relationships based on what we have in common instead of what makes is different, and to realize that we are all essentially the same, many of the world’s greatest problems can be solved.

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