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An Anthropology Lesson For Us All

An Anthropology Lesson For Us All

Facebook offers a lot of information ALL of the time. Sifting through it all (at least for me) is a hit or miss proposition. I’ll be very honest – most of the time, I’m a one-sided Facebooker.

Huh? That means, I upload my pictures and that’s it. People think I’m constantly on Facebook reading everything, but honestly, I do that just about once or twice a day. Usually, it happens sometime in the middle of the night when I’m awake for absolutely no reason. So, I get about 10% of what my Friends are posting at any given time. I have found a few true gems lately and that’s making me want to keep up more with my Feed.

I’m not sure how long this story has been circulating around the web. I don’t know how much of it is accurate. However, just the idea itself (even as an allegory) is worthwhile. We should all pause, take it in and try to live our lives with at least a little bit of Ubuntu.

What would that mean to you? Do you try to do things that will enhance and enrich your community and the world around you? What small steps do you take? What big campaigns have you undertaken?

Can we learn from these children?

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”

‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”

And here’s a video of Nelson Mandela explaining the meaning of Ubuntu:



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