Ubuntu – Story

An anthropologist studying the habits and customs of an African tribe found himself surrounded by children most days.<>

So he decided to play a little game with them.<>

He managed to get candy from the nearest town and put it all in a decorated basket at the foot of a tree.<>

Then he called the children and suggested they play the game.<>

When the anthropologist said “now”, the children had to run to the tree and the first one to get there could have all the candy to him/herself.<>

So the children all lined up waiting for the signal. <>

When the anthropologist said “now”, all of the children took each other by the hand ran together towards the tree.<>

They all arrived at the same time divided up the candy, sat down and began to happily munch away.<>

The anthropologist went over to them and asked why they had all run together when any one of them could have had the candy all to themselves.<>

The children responded:<>

“Ubuntu. How could any one of us be happy if all the others were sad?”<>

Ubuntu is a philosophy of African tribes that can be summed up as “I am what I am because of who we all are.”<>

Bishop Desmond Tutu gave this explanation in 2008 :<>

“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.”<>

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