Thursday, December 20, 2012

UBUNTU

*photo credit below


* Ubuntu is a South African term, a humanist philosophy, of our inter-connectedness, that says when you do good, it spreads, and is for the whole of humanity.


I hold your heart
in my heart.

Ubuntu.

In your eyes
I see my own longing.

In your smile, 
lies our shared existence.

Ubuntu.

Kindness lives
at the core of you.

Feather your heart richly
with dreams.

Ubuntu.

For every need,
there's a giver.

Gifts given ripple out
like a river.

To your need,
from my heart,
Ubuntu.

From my shore to yours,
Ubuntu.

*photo credit: Doug Rea, Professor of Imaging Arts and Sciences, and freelance photographer for NGO's. Site: www.cias.rit.edu

On youtube there is a trailer about Madonna's film I Am Because We Are, the story of the effect of the AIDS pandemic in Malawi. You can watch it here, if you wish.


11 comments:

  1. nice....became familiar with ubunto as i was reading of desmond tutu and of tribal culture in africa a few years ago...i am a def believer in our interconnectedness...

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  2. The fact that a Canadian citizen has used this word, shows the true spirit and meaning of Ubuntu - we are all connected through goodwill and humanitarianism.
    That's a high five from me in South Africa!

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  3. so beautiful Sherry... thank you for this... indeed we are ONE. I will view the trailer. It's been a week for weeping, it does the heart and soul good to cry... it awakens us and motivates us to act in compassionate ways.

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  4. Yes, we are indeed interconnected...and good done does ripple. Very nice post, Sherry.

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  5. This is beautiful Sherry!! "Gifts given ripple out like a river. To your need from my heart Ubuntu. From my shore to yours." I love this!

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  6. Ubuntu - what a lovely sentiment. May we all share it.

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  7. Beautiful, Sherry. I've never doubted humanity's interconnectedness, I just didn't know the word for it.
    Luv, K

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  8. Love the word and the philosophy, especially the shared existence in our smiles.

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  9. There can never be another word like Ubuntu. It creates a bridge that spans human kindness in a land of deprivation. Nicely Sherry!

    Hank

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  10. This reads like a mantra for peace ~ Lovely share Sherry ~

    Wishing you Blessed and peaceful season ~

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  11. Yes, we are all connected in a oneness, I just wish mose of us in the western world would 'get it'

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