Monday, October 15, 2012

UBUNTU


UBUNTU: Do you know this term? I didn't. But just now I read this little story and I could just see these children running together as one, the concept of competing or "winning" so foreign that it does not enter their minds. 

I googled UBUNTU and there it is: a way of being. 'I AM BECAUSE WE ARE.' 

Here I go thinking again. When I have the chance, what if I'm willing to hold hands instead of running alone? What if I see sharing as a wonderful means to satisfaction? What if my joy is multiplied because of your joy?

Just a thought. But I'm sharing it and I don't want to forget it. I'm interesting in your reaction.

love
kj

Addendum: I'm told and I've studied that competition and survival of the fittest is dominant in all species. And yet, UBUNTU contradicts that. Yes? Right?

15 comments:

  1. ok i'd love to hold hands with you and the rest of the tribe and run together. sounds good to me.

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  2. It makes sense to me.

    Bri's been on the phone for hours. I'll call you soon :)

    Ubuntu.

    I like it.

    xo
    Lo♥

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  3. I want this idea in America!

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  4. ubuntu is one of my favorite words since i learned it. once, i heard desmond tutu describe the meaning of ubuntu (he came to santa barbara!) and it made me cry. i made a tshirt with the word embroidered on it (it's been given away) and now that you've reminded me kj, i'm going to make another. i love that photo and words you've shared. xxx lori

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  5. I do not ever compete for a winners spot...there is no point in winning when I would share the gilded cage with as many as would fit in it anyway.Ubuntu is a way of life we all learn but most forget when wealth becomes our focus.

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  6. I loved this so much - survival of the species rather than the individual. I always feel better if I share with someone. I don't have much in a material way but I can share my laughter and my joy or just a smile and see it in the face of the person I've shared with. Great message for our children. Running together to a common goal and holding each other up on the way. Ubuntu!

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  7. ubuntu is a very cool concept and cultural phanomena as well...read up on it after reading desmond tutu's book...and it is the way, i do believe, but our culture is def far different than that...

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  8. it's a lovely concept, and can also be linked to survival of the fittest - depending on how you look at it. If one is realist and realizes that one cannot survive alone...then you've got it. Let's run and hold hands for sure!

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  9. I love this, and I wish more people would be like these sweet innocent children.
    xoxoxo

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  10. Quaker kids play cooperative games with no winners or losers. At one family retreat, we all - kids and adults - played a game of tag that had constantly shifting teams and no goal other than to keep the fun going. I have never laughed that hard in a game of tag in my life.

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  11. This gives me pause. IT IS TRUE. I am thinking of "It takes a village." I know that my life is so enriched when I join hands with others-like you and J.

    Sending love,

    S

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  12. Of course I know UBUNTU very well- have lived that life, have enjoyed and shared UBUNTU with everyone I knew. I also like this saying:
    "There is no 'I' in team!"

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  13. I have never heard this before, but as you can probably already imagine... I love it (in a big, BIG way)!

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. I have just had a glorious time "catching up"... The story of Chase's seizures made me cry, and so did the story of the "big boy camera" - I agree... definitely worth every penny! I still remember the camera Effie & George (my grandparents) bought for me when I was a little girl (and I remember the very first photos I took with it... In Cape Cod, of all places!)

    p.p.s. You are amazing... Just sayin'.

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