In the Xhoso culture of Africa, UBUNTU means, “I am because We are.” Dr. Horty @ IT IS WHAT IT IS blog shared this with her readers. I found it absolutely profound in the troubled times of our world and especially American society today.
The boy replied, “How can any one of us be happy if the others are sad?”
An anthropologist visiting and studying the Xhoso tribe placed a basket of fruit and presented a game to a group of young boys. Run to the fruit and claim it. If the strongest and fastest of those boys had raced to the basket of fruit placed at a short distance from them, that one boy could have claimed all the fruits. Instead, they joined hands, ran together as a group, and claimed the fruits as one, thereby insuring all would partake of the prize. When the anthropologist questioned their action, the reply was, “Ubuntu – I am because We are.”
And we think we are more civilized? There is much we can learn from those peoples in “uncivilized” back regions of the world who have learned a lesson most of us have failed to grasp – our humanity will have a much greater chance of survival if we learn we are all connected and we are one.
The ancient mystics understood this concept. They, when contemplating the creative source, declared that all of creation is one with the Creator. Every member of every species on Earth has a unifying spark of DNA derived from that Creator at the beginning of time. It is a connection that is infinite and eternal. WE ARE ONE, because we were designed as one.
“I AM BECAUSE WE ARE”
Perhaps it would behoove us to take this wisdom into our collective heart and soul, celebrate our Oneness, and live life accordingly. Possibly it is the only way our species will survive.