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8 June 2009

Ubuntu: "I am because you are"

"One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu - the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality - Ubuntu - you are known for your generosity.

We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.

A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed."

Bishop Desmond Tutu

I love this "Ubuntu". We Christians have somehow missed building "loving our neighbor as ourselves" into our Jesus Culture. How did this happen? Instead we, with the trumpet of "peculiar people" blasting, use our own salvation as a building permit to construct a high-walled, exclusionary island for ourselves... often locking out the REST of the people for whom Christ died. The "world" is beginning to REALLY get this. Is The Church getting it? We should.

Here's the Message version of 1 Peter 2:9-10 (the peculiar people scripture)

But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

It's only because of Jesus that I'm "something" & "accepted".

I am because you are.

It's true of Man's need for God. We are because He is. It's also true of Man's need for each other... because Christ in me is the hope of Glory. Ubuntu is powerful... because it's God principle. It's life GIVING instead of life taking. It's trusting instead of skeptical. It's dependence instead of independence.

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David Wierzbicki said...

this is so ultimate. Jesus makes loving God indistinguishable from loving others and ourselves.

"I am because we are" is such a core concept for existence. it resonates so deeply for me.

Paul said...

I watched the Madonna documentary a couple of months ago... this phrase also hit me as very profound...


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