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global oneness project Ubuntu [♪ Group Singing ♪] There is a bigger world. Within your own experience there is a bigger experience where it is possible for you to get beyond your immediate experience and seek out that that is human, that unites us as human beings. In Africa, we have this concept of Ubuntu which is humaneness. It means I am not human without your being present and my allowing you to be present. I am human because you are human. So out of that concept we then see that we have a shared experience, but also we can find one another and create a peaceful coexistence. [♪ Group Singing ♪] It's not a mystery. It is something plain and simple. We are human beings and we should feel with each other and feel for each other. This is Ubuntu. That I must do to other people what I want other people to do to me. That I am a muntu, a human being, because of other human beings around me. [♪ Singing ♪] The spirit of Ubuntu means this thing of helping each other. Like in Zulu we used to say that the child is raised by the community. If a child is mine, it's not basically mine, like I have to do everything. Each member of the community needs to contribute in raising that child. So that's basically our cultural spirit of Ubuntu and as a result, if I see my neighbor hungry, I have to make sure I don't go to bed with a full stomach while my neighbor his hungry. That's the whole concept of cooperative living. It's actually about helping each other. [♪ Singing ♪] I say it's a concept that is present in Africa, but I also believe it's present in all human beings if it is allowed to thrive and prosper. This is a spirit of sharing. If I have something and can see that you are suffering and there's something that I can give to you, which maybe is something I need, but I find that by giving this to you, I create a relationship with you. I create a better understanding between us. We operate from the fact that I am because you are, meaning I cannot be myself if you are not yourself. Almost like: You gotta be OK for me to be OK. These things are not only about me. But together we can be able to make it. If you recognize that I am who I am because you are, then everything else will be taken care of. [♪ Singing ♪] I must never allow my neighbor to go hungry while I've got a little food in my house. I must never deny my neighbor water. I must never deny my neighbor's animals grass. We as human beings must sustain each other even in the hours of the direst time. [♪ Singing ♪] The concept of Ubuntu means that you as a living person should always be extending to people so that you can be equal to them. If you are better off, make them even better. If you are worse off, ask for something from someone so we can all live peacefully together. If you see someone who is more backwards than you, you bring them on board and you create a greater journey going forward, so that's basically Ubuntu. [♪ Singing ♪] I don't think in moving forward into the modern world we should leave behind those values that were critical to our existence. One of the things, for example, is looking after the planet. We have to look after this planet. The earth was given to us and we have to protect it. We have to, when we pass on, leave it in a condition so that the ones that come after us can continue to exist and enjoy what is given to all of us freely by nature. [♪ Singing ♪] We practice it by feeding each other. We practice it by watching over each other's health. In African villages, where there is peace, people greet each other and ask each other, "Have you taken porridge? Is your stomach full? And if your stomach is not full, my neighbor, come into my house, let me fill your stomach for you." Ubuntu is nothing more or less than compassion brought into colorful practice. [♪ Singing and Clapping ♪]

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Country: United States
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Posted by: global on Oct 8, 2008

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