Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ubuntu

One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu - the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality - Ubuntu - you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity. ~Desmond Tutu

Came across this the other day. It was like a little treasure I had misplaced and found again hiding in the dark recesses behind the couch. Got me to thinking and so thought I would share. Peace.

6 comments:

subtorp77 said...

A lot of us seem to have this "Ubuntu". I like it. And peace to you Brian. Stop on by my main blog. I think I've left some of this Ubuntu over there. :)

Brian Miller said...

subtorp77...nice. enjoyed reading it! it seems ever elusive when we are not interntional about engendering it.

Daniel said...

Nice. A very eloquent definition.

Rob said...

I'm pretty sure this is the phrase Doc Rivers, the coach of the Celtics used during last years championship season. Good stuff.

Cinnamon said...

Thank you for this Brian- definitely something to think about. Ubuntu- what a great word- is it the zulu language? Desmond Tutu- now there is a wise man.

Baino said...

Smart man old Desmond. . .shame he's gone a little quiet these days we could do with him challenging the Pope and his antiquated ideas HIV! Ubuntu is a pc operating system as well . . @Cinnamon, it's Bantu