I came across the
word “Übuntu”, two years ago where I read about the story of youngsters in
Africa, when they were asked to run a race and one of them fell down and the
runners al,l stopped, ran back, helped him up and ran together till the finish
line. All the runners were physically challenged. This was an inspiring story -
it said “Ubuntu”.
It got me
interested in “Ubuntu”.
What is Ubuntu? I
thought it was acts of kindness.
It’s apparently more than kindness.
“Ubuntu is when we are able to see ourselves in other people, our
experience in the world, will inevitably be a richer, kinder, more convinced
one. If we look at others and see ourselves reflected back, we inevitably treat
people better”. -Mungi Ngomane
Interestingly, Ubuntu starts with yourself. It recognises the inner
worth of every human being and it begins with yourself.
Let’s take a close look at some of our , collective beliefs that we are
taught at a young age that are gaining priority, even before we can question
am a self-made made
has crores of money therefore, he is successful.
leads to success and fulfilment.
are a winner, if you are declared the best.
What is the subject of these few statements?
Individuality, moneyed success, winning, and competition at any cost
that leads to your being the best.
Though the word “Best”is questionable.
Now, let’s rewind, some of 25-30years ago.
I’m sure many of our parents have rags to riches story, and it is
recorded in our family history.
I know that my Dad was one of them, but he journeyed along with this
younger brother and his family or 8 of his brother-in-law and his grandparents.
That is easily like some 20 people. He often used to say if it weren’t for
people, I could not have led the way. They supported me.
Nothing can be erased in a vacuum!
They understood , that collaboration , give and take, sharing and
inclusion were all part of life.
He did not win any awards, he merely extended the table, he founded
sabhas and other spaces where he could provide more on an annual basis or
monthly basis, through organisation for religious, educational or social
I understand how he lived his life through “Ubuntu”. He saw others
reflected in himself and him reflected in others.
We lived as a community we lived with relationships.
Today, we have already experienced, “My space”, “My life”, slogans and
the pendulum has swung to the other extreme.
We need to find neutral ground, we need to regain collaboration and
inclusion for us to see ourselves in others.
Before I leave I’d like to leave with a thought.
Think about the people in your life who have contributed into making who
you are today.
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