My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours…

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

a person is a person through other persons…

Nguni proverb

Ubuntu: (South African: Xhosa, Zulu)

Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term which means humanity. The term is often translated as, “I am because we are” or “humanity towards others”, though there are many other translations of the term it has been identified by ThoughtCo as a humanist philosophy associated with Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It is identified further as behaving well towards others or acting in a way that benefits the community . for others also, Ubuntu is a soul-force: actual metaphysical connection shared between people and which helps us connect to each other. Ubuntu will push one toward selfless acts.

In life you know you have your own race to run and so you run it. You find yourself in front as you approach the finish line. You know you will win. Ahead of that win is a large some of money, a title and fame. You are running your race and you feel really good, you are now almost there. Then from the corner of your eye you see someone has collapsed, He or she has fallen by the wayside. What do you do? Do you leave the person there because you have a race to win or do you leave him or her there until you have finished your race? If you stop to help you will forfeit the win but if you continue you can win and then go help. Many may feel that option two is a win win situation. You win and then you help. But while you are there celebrating your win you may forget about the distress of that one person; as hundreds of well wishers surround you. Even worse, while you celebrate that win that person who is still where you last saw them is slowly losing the battle of life.

Will you embrace the concept of Ubuntu, act against your own self- interest and self-ratification to support someone in need? In the process you would be building each other up.

Simon Cheprot helps Kenneth Kipkemoi cross the finish line after he
collapsed during the
IAAF Okpekpe International 10-kilometre race on May 25, 2019 in Nigeria. (source:
Daily Nation)

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