What is 'Ubuntu'?


Ubuntu. is an ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people's allegiances and relations with each other emphasizing community, sharing and generosity. The word has its origin in the Zulu people of southern Africa. Archbishop Desmond Tutu explained Ubuntu as follows (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." I think it's a wonderful and wise approach so I put a reminder on our kitchen chalkboard.