Ubuntu

by Rod Smith

Ubuntu, I believe, is a Zulu word.

Zulus, and descendants of Zulus of southern Africa which includes Zimbabwe, hold sacred the concept of Ubuntu. It captures a cultural concept of hospitality, openness, and the power of community.

Ubuntu is an ideal to which many aspire.

It means we make each other. I am more who I am when I am appropriately connected to you. You are more who you are when we acknowledge our mutual need for each other.

Ubuntu has no room for lone genius.

Consensus is highly valued.

As far as possible, all voices are heard.

Age is deeply respected.

Community-above-self is honored.

[If you know more about this beautiful way of life than I’ve tried to encapsulate here, kindly add to my description in a comment.]

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