I’ve been reading Desmond Tutu’s “God Has a Dream” and have reached this wonderful passage that talks about how important we are to each other as people. He says that people are only people in relation to and through each other. He says that in Africa when you ask how someone is, they will answer in the plural: “We are well”; if someone is well but their family member is not, they will answer, “We are not well.”
Archbishop Tutu says, “The first law of our being is that we are set in a delicate network of interdependence with our fellow human beings and with the rest of God’s creation. In Africa recognition of our interdependence is called ubuntu in Nguni languages…It is the essence of being human. It speaks of the fact that my humanity is caught up and inextricably bound up in yours. I am human because I belong. It speaks about wholeness; it speaks about compassion. A person with ubuntu is welcoming, hospitable, warm and generous, willing to share.”
Something to strive for this week and every week–ubuntu! Have a great Monday.