Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Word Of The Day Is...................

Ubuntu, pronounced /ùbúntù/, is an African philosophy focusing on peoples allegiances and relations with each other. It is stated that this is seen as traditional African concept.

After reading about this in an article regarding The Boston Celtics team building efforts, I thought this would be of interest to the PA readers.

Here is how Nelson Mandela explains Unbuntu:

"A traveler through our country would stop at a village, and he didn't have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu but Ubuntu has various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to improve?”

Very interesting. Now if the people enriching themselves in our neighborhoods and cities would take notice to this philosophy, we would be in much better shape as a people.

Here is how Bishop Tutu explains Ubuntu:

"A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed."

I like this explanation too. It sheds light on the movement. We as Black people today feel diminished and not part of the greater whole resulting from years of oppression. I feel if we want to be called Africans (African Americans), that we should embrace their philosophies. Maybe we can find strength in the practices and traditions from the "Motherland", as we like to call it.
What do you think?

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