"I am because you are"
A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from 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 - Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Posted on Nov 27th, 2007 by martha
Ran across this awesome paragraph in the book
Culture and Health by Malcolm MacLachlan (p. 19):
"Bandawe (2005) has discussed a common theme that pervades many of Africa's different cultures and also distinguishes them from many western cultures--the notion of uMunthu (although the actual term differs from place to place, for instance in South Africa it is uBunthu). In Chichewa (one of the Malawian languages), the philosophy is conveyed through the phrase 'Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu' (a person is a person through other persons).
As Bandawe points out, this is very different from the strident individualism enshrined in Descartes' 'cogito ergo sum' ('I think, therefore I am') perspective that pervades so much of western thinking about the self."
This says so much for me, so succinctly.
I'm thinking about this and ...