Congratulations to Michelle Wallace who is celebrating her 3rd blogoversary and has asked us to join her in the Ubuntu blog hop 18th – 21stFebruary: what a wonderful way to spring forwards in 2014.
U is for Ubuntu ... a Xhosa word, simply: I am; because of you or I am what I am because of who we all are.
L is for Londolozi ... a Zulu word meaning ‘Protector of All Living Things’.
When I posted my A –Z tribute to Nelson Mandela in December ... I noted during the Memorial address that President Obama, with his African roots, described how Nelson Mandela had come to embrace the philosophy of 'Ubuntu' ... human kindness ...
... various journalists highlighted the word ‘Ubuntu’ ... implying that it was Archbishop Desmond Tutu who had brought the concept to the world’s attention.
However I have found this absolutely fascinating TED talk and article given by the owner of Londolozi, whose family had named the game reserve after the Zulu word: Protector of All Living Things.
I have yet to listen to and watch the TED talk but know that I will ... there is so much evocativeness in Africa ...
Going back to Boyd Varty’s TED Women 2013 talk ... the accompanying article gave us relevant paragraphs on Ubuntu, with some amazing links:
The history ... its early use in print, was in 1846
Desmond Tutu’s take ... (early 90s)
Nelson Mandela’s take ... (2006)
Bill Clinton’s take ... (2007 TED prize winner)
Ubuntu, the operating system ... who knew?!
Ubuntu in basketball ... again who knew?!
Ubuntu to turn back climate change? This paragraph is well worth reading ... (2012)
I heard Ray Stevens’ song “Everything is Beautiful” yesterday and thought yes – a good Ubuntu song ... enjoy.
Please see Michelle’s post 1095 days for all the Ubuntu bloghoppers ... which reminds me of the wonderful little Lily Trotter bird!
In myA-Z for Mandela, I also used C for Colossus and Courageous: the man who united rich and poor, black and white, and in the process of leadership, since his release, has taught the human race the power of forgiveness.
and H for Human Impact on the Environment
... all inspired by the word Ubuntu ...
Please think on and remember these things ... thanks Michelle ...
... and enjoy the TED Talk and article
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