19 The Sun – UBUNTU
ubuntu n. (-ntu) : Humaneness; humanity; human nature
Today we celebrate World Africa Day and World Tarot Day, a day to truly live and honour the concept of uBuntu. The Zulu maxim umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (“a person is a person through (other) persons”) or simply “I am because you are”. Ubuntu the concept of ‘humanity towards others’. It is the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. It is about having compassion towards other human beings, helping them physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
Together we have created the world that we live in, together we need to work towards cleaning our planet, eradicating disease and poverty. Together we need to stand firm and say ‘enough is enough’.
We all need to live consciously – truly see the world around us. Step out of our closed worlds and be a shining light to others. Lead by example, show compassion, live life with optimism and glory in ‘you are because I am’. We need to live with higher awareness and bring back the joy and radiance of living with a strong moral order.
We do have the power of one – but the power of a team is that much stronger. To achieve harmony, respect is fundamental in all aspects. What is right and wrong is assessed by how it affects other people. No one can show their humanness without showing how they relate to other people.
As individuals we need to drive public innovation by reigniting society to release the holds on innovation, progress and success because of exclusion. In South Africa we need to recapture the dream of 1994 and embrace uBuntu.
Our constitution clearly states in the preamble
“We the People (that’s all of us)……… adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the of the Republic, so as to:
- Heal the divisions of the pastand establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights
- Lay the foundationsfor a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law
- Improve the quality of lifeof all citizens and free the potential of each person and
- Build a united and democratic South Africaable to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in a family of nations.
How many of us have joined hands with others to address the above? How many of us are helping others in any way we can? How many have stepped up?
Neuroscience and global experience teaches us that humans function better when they have self confidence, are motivated and helped over their obstacles of poverty, hunger and despair. Neuroscience also shows that multigenerational trauma is passed down genetically to the next generation. Germany and the Nordic countries are way ahead of the rest of the world, they identified this and put programmes into action to ‘heal the wounds of the past”.
Today help someone else experience the power of the Sun, by the warming of hearts and be the guiding light towards another day – a brighter day and keep on ‘the sunny side of life’.